The Indiana Fever team began in 2000 when the state was granted an expansion franchise to coincide with the opening of Bankers Life Fieldhouse (then Conseco Fieldhouse). In their first two seasons, they were coached by women’s basketball legends Anne Donovan and Nell Fortner. Led by center Kara Wolters, in their inaugural campaign the team posted a record of 9–23.
In 2005: The Fever won their first Eastern Conference title, but were swept by the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA Finals.
In 2007: The Fever had their best regular season ever, finishing with a 21-13 record and securing the top seed in the East. They also had three All-Stars: Tamika Catchings, Anna DeForge and Tamika Whitmore. However, they were upset by the Detroit Shock in the conference semifinals.
History of the Fever
The Indiana Fever is a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana, that competes in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Founded in 2000 as one of the original eight teams to join the league, they have become one of its most successful franchises. The Fever has won three Eastern Conference championships and two WNBA titles since their inception. They are also known for having some of the greatest players in women’s professional basketball, including Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, and Natalie Williams.
The history of success for this franchise began with their first season when they made it to the semifinals before losing out on a championship title. Since then, they have made 11 playoff appearances over 18 seasons which include four trips to conference finals and two visits to WNBA Finals, where they have been crowned champions both times; once led by legendary player Catchings, who was named MVP during her last season with them back 2013-2014 campaign.
Indiana Fever continues its tradition today under head coach Marianne Stanley, leading them into an exciting 2019-2020 regular season full of hope that she can bring another championship banner home! With such an impressive track record behind them, fans can be sure there will be plenty more action-packed games ahead from this powerhouse organization as long as these ladies continue playing at top-level performance each night out on the court!
2000 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
2000 – Present / Indiana Fever
Fever – The Indiana Fever is a professional women's basketball franchise in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team was founded in 2000 and has been part of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) since its inception. Since then, they have become one of the most successful teams in the WNBA, with multiple playoff appearances and a championship title. As such, it’s no surprise that this beloved team has developed an equally unique nickname – “Fever”! But where did this catchy moniker come from?
Believe it or not, the origin story behind “Fever” dates back to 1816 when Indiana became a state! At that time, there was much excitement around becoming part of the United States and pride for being able to call themselves Hoosiers - which is still used today by many native-born residents throughout central and southern parts of IN. This enthusiasm quickly spread across communities like wildfire resulting in what historians call "Indiana Fever."
Fast forward almost 200 years later when local officials were looking for ways to honor both past & present citizens while also promoting a new WNBA franchise; thus, "Indiana Fever" was born! It perfectly encapsulated the spirit found within state borders while simultaneously providing the perfect identity for upstart organizations at the same time. Over two decades later, the name resonates with fans far beyond the walls of Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena in downtown Indy, making them one of the most recognizable franchises in the entire league!
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2020 - Present / Hinkle Fieldhouse
2000 – 2019 / Bankers Life Fieldhouse
2000 – Present / Herbert Simon
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