Construction begins on Fishers Event Center, new Expansion of Fishers District

City officials, executives from Indy Fuel, Thompson Thrift, and ASM Global commenced construction today on the Fishers Event Center, an 8,500-seat entertainment and sporting event venue, the largest mid-size event center in the region. The project, announced in September 2022, is the anchor to a nearly $550 million expansion of the popular Fishers District lifestyle and entertainment destination in Fishers. The Fishers Event Center is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2024.

Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers High Schools Class of 2025 presidents joined the groundbreaking as leaders of the Class of 2025, the first classes of graduates to graduate at the Fishers Event Center. 

“The Fishers Event Center will be the epicenter of entertainment for the whole community,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Thanks to the vision of partners like Paul Thrift, Jim Hallett, and our City Council leadership, we can bring Fishers’ next chapter to fruition.” 

Thompson Thrift, the master developer of Fishers District and the Fishers District expansion, unveiled its new retail, restaurant, entertainment, and residential neighborhood called The Crossing. The recently announced Chicken n Pickle, an entertainment-focused restaurant featuring pickleball courts, was named as the latest tenant for The Crossing.

“Thompson Thrift is thrilled to continue to work with the City of Fishers and its residents to expand upon Fishers District. The development of the Fishers Event Center and continued new innovative dining, living, and entertainment options will enhance the experience of those living in and visiting this dynamic community,” said Paul Thrift, CEO of Thompson Thrift.

Once complete, the Indy Fuel, the professional hockey minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, and Hallett Sports & Entertainment will officially move its headquarters from the Indiana State Fairgrounds to Fishers with the event center serving as the team’s primary facility. The 2024-25 ECHL season will be the Indy Fuel’s first season calling the Fishers Event Center home.

“The Indy Fuel are excited as we begin the development of this state-of-the-art facility that will provide memorable experiences for a multitude of people. We are thrilled to work with the City of Fishers, Thompson Thrift and ASM Global to create a new home not just for Fuel fans but encompassing entertainment for the entire community,” said Jim Hallett, Chairman of Hallett Sports & Entertainment and the Indy Fuel.

The Fishers Event Center will be managed by ASM Global, the world’s largest venue  management company, has launched its efforts to attract entertainment performances from concerts to theatrical productions for the venue.