INDIANAPOLIS — Today marks the eagerly anticipated official ribbon-cutting ceremony as the final stages of the extensive renovations in and around Gainbridge Fieldhouse are near completion, paving the path for the grand opening.
Dubbed the Bicentennial Unity Plaza by Pacers Sports & Entertainment, this space will open its doors to the public.
Leaders have slowly unveiled a multifunctional outdoor space north of the home to the Pacers and Fever. The area will serve as a communal hub with a basketball court for warmer seasons and a larger winter ice skating rink than Rockefeller Center in New York City.
“The most important thing it’s a place for people from every neighborhood in the State of Indiana will want to come together,” said Jim Morris, Vice Chairman at Pacers Sports Entertainment. “People will enjoy the new facilities here; they’ll love Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and they’ll love the plaza.”
This morning, due to the heat, speeches were delivered by Gov. Eric Holcomb and others in the entry pavilion, followed by an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“When we used to think about just getting a ticket to get inside [Gainbridge] Fieldhouse, now there’s going to be food, festivals, basketball, ice skating, conversations, concerts, and much of it, free,” said Governor Eric Holcomb.
Bicentennial Plaza is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Leaders say it celebrates the city’s 200-year history while embracing the promise of the city’s vibrant future.
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