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Indiana Fever will make Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse temporary home

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Fever has announced the team’s temporary home venue will be at Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse beginning in the 2020 season.

The team is relocating due to a multi-year project at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we are extremely thankful to have such a great community partner in Butler University,” commented Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Rick Fuson. “We look forward to bringing the best of women’s professional basketball to Hinkle Fieldhouse – which is an incredible venue to showcase our state’s beloved game.”

According to a press release, the team will play their home games on Butler’s campus for the 2020, 2021 and part of the 2022 seasons.

The renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse are set to happen mostly in the summer months following the Indiana Pacers’ 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons.

“As we temporarily move from one fieldhouse to another, we could not be happier to have this great relationship with Butler University,” said Fever President Dr. Allison Barber. “We will do everything in our power to make sure this change of venues runs as smoothly as possible for our fans, our players, our staff and all friends and supporters of the Fever. The game of basketball is so important to Hoosiers and we are excited to bring the WNBA back to Hinkle Fieldhouse after playing a preseason game there in 2004.”

Hinkle Fieldhouse was constructed in 1928 and it was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The facility was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

“With nearly $50 million invested in Hinkle Fieldhouse over the last few years, Butler has been able to preserve the charm of our national historic landmark while also adding new amenities for our fans,” said Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier. “This investment has provided Butler with the opportunity to host a great franchise in the Indiana Fever over the next few seasons. PS&E is a partner that Butler has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with, and I am confident that our university and Hinkle Fieldhouse will continue to deliver a tremendous experience for the basketball fans of our community.”

The Fever will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse following the finalization of the facility upgrades.

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Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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