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INDIANAPOLIS — The Capital Improvement Board is modifying the construction schedule for the first phase of renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first phase of the $360 million renovation project on the downtown arena is scheduled to begin this summer and end by the beginning of October. While the CIB and Pacers Sports & Entertainment still plan to go ahead with the first phase, some aspects that were planned to be completed by the scheduled start of the 2020-21 NBA season are likely to be pushed forward.

CIB executive director Andy Mallon said in an emailed statement that while the challenges created by the pandemic made changes to the construction schedule necessary, the entire project will proceed and be completed on schedule. Renovations on the arena, which opened in 1999 and cost $183 million to build, are scheduled to take place primarily during the next three summers and be complete by October 2022.

“The unprecedented circumstances resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic have resulted, as you’d expect, in supply chain issues and have forced us to modify the construction schedule of the first phase of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse renovation,” Mallon said. “While this modification impacts which components of the first phase will be completed by Oct. 1, 2020, there are no reductions in the scope of the total renovation project or change to the final completion date.”

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