Bankers Life Fieldhouse News
PS&E expands partnership with Levy10/28/2009
PS&E News Release | June 30, 2009
Pacers Sports and Entertainment and Levy Restaurants today announced the extension of their partnership at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. Levy Restaurants, the current premium dining partner at the facility, will also assume operation of all general concession areas on July 1, 2009. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Levy has provided outstanding food and hospitality to guests and fans in our premium areas over the last 10 years,” said Rick Fuson Chief Operating Officer for Pacers Sports and Entertainment. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with them and look forward to working with the Levy team to continue providing the highest quality food and entertainment experience at all Conseco Fieldhouse events.”
Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is a James Beard and Ivy Award-winning restaurant company that has transformed dining at major sporting and entertainment venues across the country. Levy was recently named one of the top 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine.
“We cherish our partnership with the Pacers organization and have enjoyed our last decade together at Conseco Fieldhouse,” said Andy Lansing, Levy Restaurants President and CEO. “This expansion of our relationship is so gratifying and an affirmation of the care and passion we put into serving our premium guests. We can’t wait to share the “Levy Difference” with every fan in the building and welcome them with our signature Levy food, service and hospitality.”
Conseco Fieldhouse opened in November, 1999, as the first retro-styled facility in the National Basketball Association. Since that opening, Conseco Fieldhouse has been praised by many as one of the finest indoor arenas in the world. Many new facilities built after 1999, both in the United States and throughout the world, carry ideas and similarities taken from the unique design and quality of Conseco Fieldhouse. While being the home to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and WNBA’s Indiana Fever, Conseco Fieldhouse is a multi-purpose facility that has hosted a variety of events, including the NBA Championships, Big Ten Basketball Championships, 2002 World Basketball Championship, the 2004 World Short Course Swimming Championships, and hundreds of concerts and other entertainment events.
Levy Restaurants currently operates three mini-restaurants, two bars and three premium dining club areas (Varsity Club, Locker Room, Legends) and handles in-seat service on the club level at the 18,500 capacity Conseco Fieldhouse. With the expansion of the agreement, Levy will manage and operate 31 concession stands and portables and will handle in-seat vending operations.