When attending a sporting event, you can usually count on the typical stadium food standbys: hot dogs, pizza, and nachos. None of it particularly noteworthy.
This season, however, Pacers fans will have a refreshing selection of local food options to choose from while cheering on the blue and gold.
“We’re always looking for new ways to make the experience better,” says Rick Fuson, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “Arenas and stadiums have been known for hot dogs, chicken fingers, popcorn, pop, and beer, but we have so much to be proud of about our food experience in Indianapolis.”
Heading into the Pacers 2018-19 season, Bankers Life Fieldhouse has teamed up with several local culinary partners to improve the dining experience at games and events. Many much-loved Indianapolis restaurants will now have options available at the arena, including Cunningham Restaurant Group (Bru Burger and Tavern at the Point), Garden Table, Jack’s Donuts, Just Pop In!, Levy Restaurants, Mimi Blue Meatballs, Oca, and Subito.
At an event last Wednesday, Bankers Life Fieldhouse executive chef Chris Albano gave guests a sneak peak of the many local offerings basketball fans can indulge in this year.
“The Fieldhouse is a piece of Indianapolis, and I think it should be a place where we can showcase the great things that are going on in the city from a food standpoint,” Albano says. “I think it gives the fans something exciting to have when they’re at the game watching the Pacers. It’s just new options and something different, making it a destination.”
Here are the new local food options you can expect to find this season at the Fieldhouse.
Bru Burger, located in Lightbound Courtside Club and at Mel and Herb’s Burger Co. (Section 104)
Regularly voted one of Indy’s best local burger joints, Bru Burger will offer Bankers Life Fieldhouse visitors unique burger options. “Look for game day special burgers to pop up,” Albano says. “We’ll rotate them throughout the season.”
Garden Table, located in Section 7 and in suites
Healthy food options are usually few and far between when attending a sporting event. This will now change at Pacers games, thanks to Garden Table. “I think bringing healthier options into the Fieldhouse is important—getting away from the standard nachos and beer,” says Garden Table co-owner Greg Harden. “We’re trying to offer something for everybody. It’s always a task to try and do that—that’s why it hasn’t been done before.
Jack’s Donuts, located at Snack Shops in Sections 4, 16, 202, and 217
Rather than chowing down on some cotton candy, satisfy that sweet tooth with a donut from one of Indy’s best. Purchase blue and gold donut holes at any of the Snack Shops listed above, or top your own donut at a station in Section 17.
Just Pop In!, located at various concession stands and suites
Just Pop In! specializes in gourmet popcorn. Instead of going the traditional popcorn route, Bankers Life Fieldhouse visitors can treat themselves to something a little different from this local favorite.
Levy Restaurants, located in various spots throughout the Fieldhouse
Levy Restaurants will offer up several plant-based options, including Impossible Chorizo Potato Tacos (found at concession stands and suites), an Impossible Burger, and an Indy Poke Bowl.
Mimi Blue Meatballs, located in Section 6
Mimi will be serving three different meatball sliders at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season. These include a traditional meatball slider, a bacon meatball slider, and a braised brisket slider. “The classic meatball is our No. 1 seller,” says Josh Johnson, culinary director at Mimi Blue Meatballs. “That’s what we’re known for, so that was an obvious choice.”
Oca, located in Section 13
A café under the umbrella of Smoking Goose Meatery, Oca is located in Sun King’s downtown taproom. One of the signature Oca items guests will find at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the Batali sandwich, topped with coppa, capocollo, soppressata, tomato jam, giardiniera, provolone, lettuce, mayo, and pickled red onion.
Tavern at the Point, located in Lightbound Courtside Club, suites, and Varsity Club
Mass Ave regulars will be familiar with this tasty offering from Tavern at the Point. The restaurant will be serving up their brisket nachos at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which are topped with beer cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeño, cilantro, radish, and crema.
Subito, located in Sections 6 and 231
Located near Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 44 Virginia Ave., Subito specializes in soups, salads, and sandwiches. “We’ll be having a monthly soup special and a couple of paninis,” Albano says of Subito’s options at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Slideshow: Fieldhouse Food Gets An Upgrade
Ahead of the new Pacers season, Bankers Life Fieldhouse executive chef Chris Albano gave guests a sneak peak of the many local offerings basketball fans can indulge in this year including Bru Burger, Tavern at the Point, Garden Table, Jack’s Donuts, Just Pop In!, Levy Restaurants, Mimi Blue Meatballs, Oca, and Subito.