Basketball Pilgrimage Spots in Indiana

Bankers Life Fieldhouse. One of the top basektball spots in Indiana.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. Photo by Seth Reese on Unsplash

Are you a fan of basketball? If so, you might want to add the state of Indiana in the midwestern United States to your list of places to visit. James Naismith, the founder of basketball, once said, “basketball really had its origin in Indiana, which remains the center of the sport”, proving just how important it is in the Hoosier State. If you head to Indiana to check out its basketball scene, don’t miss seeing a game in these three spots.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Indianapolis home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, this arena which seats nearly 18,000 fans is one of the most intense places to see a game in professional basketball. Loud and passionate fans decked in blue and yellow have cheered on legends like Reggie Miller and Rik Smits throughout the years.

Hinkle Fieldhouse

College basketball is also a huge deal in Indiana, and Hinkle Fieldhouse is another Indianapolis spot that can’t be missed. The former home of the world-famous Indiana High School Basketball Tournament and the current home of the Butler Bulldogs, this century-old arena is equal parts old school and cool.

Assembly Hall

Arguably the most passionately-supported team in all of Indiana is the Indiana University Hoosiers, who have won 5 National Championships in the men’s college ranks. Over 17,000 fans pack into Assembly Hall for most games to cheer on their team in Bloomington.