Indiana Pacers Overview

Fast facts

League: Eastern Conference Central Division

Head Coach: Rick Carlisle

Team Mascot: Boomer

Year Opened: 1999

Capacity: 17274

City / State: Indianapolis / Indiana

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Pacers vs Knicks

Rival Team: New York Knicks

The Pacers-Knicks rivalry has been going strong since the Pacers entered the league in 1976, but the rivalry really heated up from 1993 to 2000 when the Pacers and Knicks met in the playoffs six times. The flames of this rivalry were fueled by the back and forth sparring between the Pacers Reggie Miller and Knicks fan Spike Lee. Even almost two decades later these two teams still hate each other, and there is a lot of bad blood when they get together.

Pacers vs Pistons

Rival Team: Detroit Pistons

The Pacers and Pistons have been rivals for years and in 2004 things boiled over during what is now known as The Malice in The Palace. The brawl is one of the most infamous moments and ugliest moments in NBA history. Whenever these two Central Division rivals get together there will be plenty of bad blood, so make sure you’re in attendance for these hotly contested matchups.

Pacers vs Bulls

Rival Team: Chicago Bulls

The close proximity of Indianapolis and Chicago has led to the development of a relatively strong rivalry between these two Central Division foes. The rivalry was at its zenith during the 90s when Michael Jordan would square off against Reggie Miller on a regular basis, but you’ll still find plenty of both fans at the game when these two meet.

Indiana Pacers Stadium Guide

In Game

Indiana is a basketball-mad state, and as a result, you’ll have an incredible time attending a Pacers game. Right, when you walk into Gainbridge Fieldhouse you’ll see numerous tributes to the state’s strong basketball history in the atrium. The memorabilia on display here is a must-see for basketball fans so take a peek around before finding your seats.

Pacers fans and their love for basketball also play a significant role in making the visit to Indy an excellent one. The fans here are not only very knowledgeable about the game, but also some of the friendliest in the NBA. You’ll have no problem making friends with those seated around you and most people you encounter will be more than happy to talk basketball with you.

You’ll also find plenty of delicious food inside and outside of Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Inside the arena, there are several food courts that feature a variety of different types of cuisine as well as two restaurants, meaning you’ll have no trouble finding something to satisfy your appetite. Additionally, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is located in downtown Indianapolis, so there’s no shortage of good bars and restaurants nearby either.

A trip to Gainbridge Fieldhouse is an excellent experience as well as one that won’t break the bank, so stop by a Pacers game during your next trip to Indy.

Things to check out

The Varsity Club Restaurant

When eating at The Varsity Club Restaurant you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious buffet and chef-inspired cuisine. The Varsity Club Restaurant is a great place to grab a bite to eat with friends before the game, so make sure to stop by.

Locker Room Restaurant

The Locker Room Restaurant is open to those seated in the first few rows and offers an impressive variety of pub fare, microbrews, and cocktails. If you have a premium ticket then take a minute to stop by the Locker Room Restaurant.

Pacers Home Court Gift Shop

The Pacers Home Court Gift Shop is the perfect place to grab a souvenir from your trip to Indy. At the gift shop, you’ll find any Pacers gear you could dream of so stop by and pick something up.


The moment you step into Gainbridge Fieldhouse’s atrium your Pacers in game experience will begin. Inside the atrium, you’ll find musical groups, basketball memorabilia, and all sorts of pregame entertainment, which goes a long way in ensuring you have an excellent time at the Fieldhouse.


Boomer is the Pacers lovable mascot and can be seen at every Pacers game. Boomer loves to entertain the crowd by performing a variety of pranks and getting into all kinds of shenanigans, so keep an eye out for him during the game.

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The Pacemates are the oldest dance squad in professional sports dating back to 1967. These dancers put on an outstanding show, so don’t miss the original professional dance team during your visit to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

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High Octane Drumline

The High Octane Drumline provides great in-game entertainment and helps give Gainbridge Fieldhouse a collegiate style atmosphere. These talented percussions are among the best in the business and will rev you up with their excellent performances.

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Power Pack

These high flying dunkers will get you out of your seat and on your feet. Keep your eyes on the court when the Power Pack takes the stage as you won’t want to miss their incredible feats.

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Boom Babies

The Boom Babies pump up the crowd through a variety of giveaways and fan engagement activities. Get loud when you see the Boom Babies for your chance to win a Pacers t-shirt.

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Fight Songs

  1. He's a Flopper

    He’s a flopper!

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Indiana Pacers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Taps & Dolls


    Long, narrow 2nd-floor tavern features 50 taps, video games & DJ'd weekend dance parties.

    247 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  2. Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB

    House of Wings Sportsbar Beer 3rd Base Sports Bar Beer Kilroys Beer

    Scratch kitchen turns out American mains & pub grub plus offtrack wagering in a Vegas-style lounge.

    20 N Pennsylvania St #2, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  3. Coaches Tavern

    SpeedZone Tavern Beer Sheridans Irish Pub Beer Kobis Bar & Grill Beer

    Coaches Tavern is a tribute to each cities coaches and athletes who have made an everlasting impact through the years.

    28 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

    O Reilleys

    Traditional Irish cuisine and Guinness always on tap.

    36 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - $$

  5. Wild Beaver Saloon


    Making your gamedays extra special

    20 E Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  6. Yard House

    Yard House beer

    Always has that distinct sense of belonging in this place.

    15 W Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  7. Tin Roof

    Tin Roof beer

    Unpretentious shotgun shack bar & music venue with creative takes on American pub food.

    36 S Pennsylvania St #190, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  8. Stadium Tavern Indy

    Tavern Indy tacos

    Home of indy's best smoked burgers and chicken wings.

    802 S West St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Howl at the Moon

    Howl at the Moon Cocktails

    Lively bar with a party vibe featuring dueling piano shows & novelty bucket drinks. There's never a boring drink!

    20 E Georgia St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Nicky Blaine’s

    Nicky Blaines drink

    Nightclub offering cocktails, small plates & cigars to a jazzy beat against a vintage backdrop.

    20 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Tavern On South

    Tavern on the South

    Always feeling like a winner.

    423 W South St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Tomlinson Tap Room

    beer bottles

    Indiana-brewed craft beers served in a pub overlooking the historic Indianapolis City Market.

    222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Kilroy’s

    Kilroys bar drinks

    Good food, good friends, great tradition.

    201 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. The Greek Islands Restaurant

    Greek Islands Restaurant

    Authentic Greek cuisine prepared by an amazing Greek family

    906 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  15. Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub

    Pearl Street

    It's all about the handmade specialty pizzas, sandwiches, and salads.

    65 E Pearl St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  16. Prime 47


    Steaks and seafood paired with wines and live piano music in a monumental setting with tall windows.

    47 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$$

  17. Napolese Pizzeria

    Napolese pizza

    Napolese is about artfully made pizza and stone hearth baking.

    30 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$

  18. Yolk

    Eat Yolk

    One of the best cafes in Indianapolis that serves the most creative breakfast dishes & sandwiches.

    220 E South St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  19. Shapiro’s Delicatessen


    Big portions of Kosher-style deli classics are served cafeteria-style.

    808 S Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    american - cafe - $

  20. Weber Grill

    steak grill

    Steaks, BBQ & other classic American dishes in a restaurant overlooking Downtown Indianapolis.

    10 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - steakhouse - $

  21. Harry & Izzy’s

    HarryandIzzys burger wine

    One of the best fine dining experiences out there

    4050 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46250, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - steakhouse - $

  22. St Elmo Steak House

    St Elmos steak

    The most tender and flavorful steaks are served here

    127 Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$