Beautifully printed SPECIMEN certificate from the Marion County Convention Center Capital Appreciation Municipal Bond
dated 1997. This historic document was printed by the Bainbridge Bank Note Company, Marion, Indiana and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of the Indiana Pacers's Conseco Fieldhouse Arena. This item has the printed signatures of the President and Secretary.
With 750,000 square feet and 18,345 seats. Conseco Fieldhouse, opened Nov. 6, 1999, when the Indiana Pacers hosted the Boston Celtics, is a step into the future while taking a walk back into history. It's big, yet comfortable. It has all the modern appliances, yet there's that favorite old picture on the wall. It is a building that is unique in today's sports society because the extra effort was made to make it that way.
Conseco Fieldhouse Facts from press releases:
World's largest crane had to be brought in to install tresses on top of building. Crane was so large it was disassembled before brought in to Conseco Fieldhouse and reassembled on the ground level inside Conseco Fieldhouse.
Roof is 15 stories high
1200 workers to build Conseco Fieldhouse
Occupy 750,000 square feet between Delaware and Penn. Street
Facts about basketball hanging in Home Court Team Store
18 feet across
each section is 18’x 9’x 6’.
ball weighs 3,860 lbs.
it took 820 man hours to construct
6,870 dimples which were hand carved and painted by one man
makes one revolution per minute and rotates at a 22 degree inclune and is powered by a 1/4 HP motor
constructed out of steel and wrapped with fiberglass
Conseco Fieldhouse is the first retro-styled facility in the NBA
More than 100 points of sale for concessions (only 58 in MSA)
There are 33 disabled accessible drinking fountains
All restrooms are fully accessible
Conseco Fieldhouse has 4 loading docks
Home Court Team Store has 3 times as large as the one in MSA
Founder’s Suite Level is 16 rows from Courtside seating
Main concourse width ranges from 24 to 60 feet at its widest (compared with the average of 14 at MSA)
69 Luxury suites sold and two hospitality suites available for rental
Over 500 restroom fixtures
3 ATM machines
TDD Telephones located on all levels
Seat size – 20 inches in lower/balcony levels, 21 inches in Club Level, 22 in
Suites (most seats in MSA were 19 inches)
3 first aid offices strategically placed throughout Conseco Fieldhouse
Box office has 18 ticket windows in entry pavilion
Entry into Conseco Fieldhouse is from street level through main concourse
Assisted listening devices available for events as well as sign language interpreters
Has concierge on staff at all events to assist with guest needs
$183 million to build
Basketball floor runs north south with a four-sided video scoreboard suspended above center court
Has a seating section of retractable bleachers
Practice facility separate from main floor, pedestrians on Delaware can look down and see players practicing
Heating ducts under plazas to melt ice in cold weather for safety of guests
Enclosed walkway from Virginia Street parking garage
Escalator from parking garage bridge to entry pavilion
Size and Material (numbers are approximate)
10,000,000 cubic feet of volume
1,800 pieces of limestone
6,500 linear feet of limestone
660 tons of limestone
58,000 square feet of glass
building is approx. 170 feet high
Ground breaking was on July 22, 1997
Opening night was November 6, 1999 – First Pacers home game in 1999-2000 season.
Sits on 5.93 acres located between Delaware St. and Penn. at Conseco Court
Wheelchair seating available at different levels in numerous different price ranges
Cat walk is approximately 148 feet from the event level (basketball floor).
There are approximately 8917 lights at Conseco Fieldhouse.
By the completion of Conseco Fieldhouse, approximately 1,461,359 man hours will have been spent on the project.
Approximately 300,000 cubic yards of dirt were removed from the construction site.
It would take a person approximately 5 trips walking around the main concourse to equal a mile.
There are 4 main stairwells with approximately 1,014 steps.
There are approx. 1200 steps in various other stairs throughout the building (not including bowl/seating stairs/steps and main stairwells).
The ice that is used for hockey games takes approx. 8 hours to make. Pipes under the floor are filled with a substance that freezes the floor to approx. 12-15 degrees.
The public passenger elevators have a 20-25 person capacity.
The center scoreboard is 30 feet tall.
When hanging, from the bottom of the center scoreboard to the playing floor is 35 feet (65 feet from the top of the scoreboard to the floor).
There are 4 digital Mitsubishi screens on the scoreboard. These screens are the latest state-of-the-art technology, and only one other franchise has the same screens.
The sound system in Conseco Fieldhouse is 1/3 larger than the one in MSA.
There are 82 stereo amplifiers in the seating area of Conseco Fieldhouse (vs. 33 in MSA).
There are 2 stereo amplifiers in each concourse (on each level).
There will be a scoreboard on the north end and the south end of the Conseco Fieldhouse seating area where scores from other games being played will be displayed.
About Specimen Certificates
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity and realized nice appreciation in value over the past several years.