The Indiana Pacers have unveiled the LightBound Courtside Club, an upgraded restaurant space at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Premium and club areas are continually being spruced up by teams. In the Pacers’ case, they are overhauling an existing space. LightBound, an internet service provider, signed on as a naming rights partner for the former Locker Room Restaurant. Along with the new name, the Pacers are introducing other changes, including modernized fixtures and revamped food and drink options. According to Pacers senior vice president, chief sales and marketing officer Todd Taylor, the overhaul to the space will be fairly extensive. More from the Indianapolis Business Journal:
The restaurant’s bar, which was moved from a side wall to the center of the room, is the only piece of original furniture remaining, Taylor said. In addition to new furnishings, the overhaul includes new flooring, paint, lighting and more.
The restaurant also was expanded by several hundred square feet—to 6,300 square feet—as a kitchen area was converted into dining space. The kitchen area is now across the hall.
“The space has a much more open feel now,” Taylor said. “It will allow a lot better traffic flow. We think it reflects the social nature of sports right now.”
Taylor said the new design should allow more people to be served faster. He added that there’s space carved out in the restaurant for “private enclaves.”
Given its unique location that puts fans closer to restricted areas, the upgrade within the existing space was likely a good move on the part of the Pacers. The LightBound Courtside Club has a view of the team’s practice court, and is near the locker rooms. Designed by Populous, the club will be open to select ticket holders for the Pacers and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
Rendering courtesy of the Indiana Pacers.