The Indiana Pacers Unveil New Practice Facility in Downtown Indianapolis

Indiana Pacers, St. Vincent Center
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The Indiana Pacers opened their new, state-of-the-art, St. Vincent Center in downtown Indianapolis today. The five-story complex is 130,000-square feet in size and is home to the training facilities for Pacers Sports and Entertainment. In addition to housing the Pacers, there are components of the facility that are available for public use through St. Vincent.

The St. Vincent Center’s address is 201 South Delaware Street; right across from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The entire complex is connected by sky bridges that go over traffic, so pedestrian access to each facility should be easy.

The Indiana Pacers honored both Bobby “Slick” Leonard and Donnie Walsh by naming practice courts at the St. Vincent Center in their honor. There are also basketballs that commemorate some of the greatest players in both Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever history, which can be seen from the street on the ground level.

In today’s NBA, it’s important to have many ways to treat your players well, not only keep them around, but to recruit new talent, too. The Indiana Pacers already have Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which is often regarded as one of the best arenas in the NBA. Now, having a state of the art training facility should only help, too.

No space will go underutilized at the St. Vincent Center. The rooftop will be used as an 8,500-square-foot garden. They added a few personal touches to this component of the complex. 3,200-square-feet will be used for plants that are native to Indiana. Also, some of the harvested vegetables will be donated to Second Helpings and also used within the complex by Levy Catering.

President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard believes that Bankers Life Fieldhouse and St. Vincent Center will be advantageous to their organization. He pointed to the fact that the NBA is currently in an arms race, and it’s important to not fall behind.

“Indiana is not a small market, it’s not a big market. What it really is is a good market, and this (facility) matches the market. You’ve got the (Banker’s Life) Fieldhouse which has aged perfectly and is an elite place to play games. Now, you have a training facility that matches the Fieldhouse. Us and our relationship with St. V is going to be phenomenal.

It feels like a little bit of an arms race, in terms of facilities and sports performance. Indiana is basketball, basketball is Indiana. You look at how competitive the league is, the way the salaries are going, the way the salary cap is… We want to make sure our advantage was taking care of players and sports performance.

We want players walking in here thinking about a couple of things – One: How can they be their best, and then our coaches, how can they get the best out of our players. That was the thought behind designing this building.”

The new face of the franchise, Myles Turner, had high praise for the Indiana Pacers’ new training facility. He stated that it shows that the team is dedicated to giving their players the best tools possible to reach their fullest potential as players. Turner is a fan of the space that the new facility offers, which will be valuable when a large portion of the team is in town at the same time.

“I have been using it for the past week and a half now. There is so much more space and it’s a lot more open. Anything we can ask for, there really is no reason to go home. It’s a place I encourage everyone to come and get better together.

It’s a place that will encourage everybody to get better together, probably get to know each other a bit more, especially with a new team this year. It’s top notch. I haven’t seen any one better. Phoenix had a pretty good one. Sacramento just got a new one, but ours has everything.

It just shows that the Pacers are fully invested in their player development. They’ll do anything for us. Anything we want, anything we ask for, they’ll make sure it happens for us, as long as it goes toward building for the future.

It’s not so much the equipment, it’s the space. Last year when we had a full team in there trying to work out, we were bumping heads.”

It’s important to note that the public can attend an Open House at the St. Vincent Center on Friday, August 25 starting from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. According to Pacers.com, you will be able to tour the Primary Care and the Cardiology and Sports Performance wings on the top two levels of the Pacers complex. There will be free lunch, and you even have the chance to win an unnamed autographed Indiana Pacers item, too.

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