INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 26, 2015)-- Renderings have now been released of the proposed state-of-the-art, five story, 130,000 square foot $50 million Pacers practice facility. The new training center is set to open in downtown Indianapolis in early 2017.
“I have been here 32 years and I have been excited about a lot. But, this is one of the most exciting days that I have had,” says Pacers President and COO Rick Fuson.
The new facility will be called the St. Vincent Center, named after the medical organization that is also building a sports medicine clinic above the Pacers practice courts. The combined facility will give players access to top notch doctors and sports performance experts.
“We felt that this was just one of the ways that we will continue to invest in Indiana and Indianapolis, by bringing our cardiovascular surgeons and our primary care physicians and our entire St. Vincent sports medicine culture and an array of services,” said CEO of St. Vincent Jonathon Nalli.
The move for a new facility helps bring the Pacers in-line with other NBA teams that have built a secondary facility to help the team year round.
“We are trying to maximize their talents. We want to make sure that each athlete has the right sleep patterns, and are hydrated all day,” said Pacers team President Larry Bird.
The Pacers are also hopeful that this facility will give them an edge over the competition and help them attract potential free agents. The city’s capital improvement board unanimously approved the teams request to build on Monday. The plan still needs approval from the city’s department of Metropolitan Development.
The new partnership will also change the look of the Pacers practice jerseys, adding a St. Vincent logo. The location also plays a vital role in developing downtown Indianapolis and offers the entire community access to high quality health care. The facility is set to be built just east of Bankers Life Field House.