Populous Selected for Pepsi Coliseum Renovation

Populous has been awarded a full design contract for the renovation of historic Pepsi Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The building first opened its doors in 1939 with a performance by ice skating legend Sonja Henie. Many famous music legends, including the Beatles, Nat “King” Cole and Neil Diamond have performed there.  It was also the original home of the Indiana Pacers from 1967-74.

Although Pepsi Coliseum is historically significant and structurally sound, the Populous design team will lend its expertise in both fairground and arena design to renovate the entire building’s interior. The renovation will bring the building up to modern day standards and provide new fan comforts for the Indiana State Fair and other events throughout the year. An all-new seating bowl and elevated public concourse will extend the life of this historic building for decades to come. The seating capacity will be 7,200 for hockey, 8,170 for end stage concerts and 9,200 for center stage concerts.

Pepsi Coliseum renovations are scheduled for completion in August, 2014, in time for the Indiana State Fair.

About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage.  Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers since 1852.  The 2012 fair is the “Year of Dairy Cows,” showcasing Indiana Dairy farmers.  For more information, please visit www.indianastatefair.com.

For further information please contact:
Kourtney Puckett at Populous
Telephone: 816 329 4204
Email media@populous.com


  1. Very nice!! I like how they've incorporated the old ticket windows into the new, state of the art facility. Looking forward to seeing hockey there after the renovations are done.

    Lloyd Harp
    April 26, 2012
  2. Wow! What a transformation this will be once completed. This is very long overdue but glad to see it finally here. I viewed a lot of minor pro hockey in the "old barn" back in the 80's, with the Checkers and ICE.

    Hopefully we will once again enjoy minor pro hockey here in Indy. The AHL would be nice! Paul Skjodt are you entertaining the thought of this? It's time and it's time to rid this town of the USHL!!

    Let's hear from some of you old fans of the Racers, Checkers, and ICE of days gone by!!!

    Gary Brandlein
    May 4, 2012
    • I completely agree with Gary. I am ready for some Checkers and Old Ice caliber of players (hockey action) again. I miss the good old days of the Checkers/Ice. I’m ready for it to come back along with some of my friends, which we just finished a lengthy discussion about this very topic on Facebook. Many are ready for the USHL to be replaced with AHL.

      Michelle Everhart
      October 10, 2012
  3. I like the ticket window pieces being reused. I would encourage using as much of the old interior as possible in the re-do, I'll miss the current interior but will be excited to see the new! Would love to have a minor league team back ala-Checkers!

    Adam Hamby
    July 7, 2012

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