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Victory Field is excited to get back to full capacity after being limited due to the pandemic. | Photo via @skyviewdigitalmedia
Whether you’re a sports fanatic — or just look good in blue — when it comes to sports, Indy has no shortage of teams to support. Our city is home to some of the most loyal fans in the country. Indy has even been named the No. 10 best city to be a sports fan by Bleacher Report.

In this guide, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Circle City sports, so whether you’re already a devoted Hoosier sports fan or you’re new to the area, we hope it can serve as a valuable resource.

Indians (MiLB) | Est. 1902

The Indianapolis Indians are a Minor League Baseball team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Where they play: Victory Field

  • The field opened on July 11, 1996 and was the catalyst for a revitalization of downtown Indianapolis.
  • The name reflects the US victory in World War II.
  • It cost $20 million to build the stadium ($34.6 million in 2021 dollars).
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Major accomplishments:

  • The Indians have won 14 league championships.
  • The team has been American Association champions 12 times.
  • It won the International League championship twice (1963 and 2000).
📅 See the team’s schedule.

Inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse during a Pacers game with players on the court

There’s nothing like the energy at a Pacers game night.

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🏀 Pacers (NBA) | Est. 1967

The Pacers were first established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and became a member of the NBA in 1976, as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. The team’s name comes from the state’s history with the Indianapolis 500’s pace cars.

Where they play: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • It opened in November 1999 to replace Market Square Arena.
  • Former names include Conseco Fieldhouse and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • Construction of the arena broke ground on July 22, 1997 and construction costed an estimated $183 million at the time — about $298 million now.
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Major accomplishments:
📅 See the team’s schedule.

🏀 Fever (WNBA) | Est. 2000

The Indiana Fever team began in 2000 when the state was granted an expansion franchise along with the opening of the-then Conseco Fieldhouse. The team is owned by Herb Simon, who also owns the Indiana Pacers and Simon Malls.

Where they play: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum
  • The Indiana Farmers Coliseum is a 6,500-seat indoor arena at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, where the team plays some of their regular season games.
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Major accomplishments:
  • Tamika Catchings became one of the most versatile players in the WNBA and one of only 11 women to win an Olympic gold medal, an NCAA Championship, a FIBA World Cup gold, and a WNBA Championship.
  • The Fever took home their first WNBA Championship with an 87-78 victory over the Lynx in 2012 at home.
  • The team reached the conference finals eight times, including five straight seasons.
📅 See the team’s schedule.
 
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