Sourced from theScore
When the Indiana Pacers started to plan the St. Vincent Center, they were trying to create the NBA's most advanced practice facility. They probably didn't expect to put one of the building's most unique elements on the roof.
Sure, there's plenty on offer inside the five-story facility, which opened in August 2017: two NBA-regulation courts, a room housing a hot tub and underwater treadmill, retina-activation displays, a theater room, a players' lounge, a custom shoe cabinet that houses 270 shoes, and an underground tunnel that connects to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. It's also a resource for the community; through a partnership with St. Vincent Health, the facility has floors dedicated to primary care, cardiovascular, and sports performance services, which are accessible to the general public.
And on top of it all is an 8,500-square-foot garden with 3,200 square feet devoted to wildflowers, crops, and plants indigenous to Indiana.
Architecture firm RATIO, along with the Pacers, wanted something that would not only help attract top-level talent but would also set the franchise apart from other professional sports teams. RATIO reached out to Omni Ecosystems in 2015 about installing a green-roof system that would help regulate the building's temperature and manage stormwater. The idea was a great fit for the Pacers, who are part of the Green Sports Alliance - an organization dedicated to using the influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable community initiatives.