Indianapolis Diesels continue to practice on the Southside
The Indianapolis Diesels, a professional basketball team on the Southside, has grown from its humble beginnings and plays its home games in Westfield's new Jonathan Byrd's Fieldhouse this season.
“It's definitely a game changer for us,” coach Aaron Hogg said.
The Diesels played the past two years on the Southside at the Indy South Sports Academy and Manual High School. The squad even practiced at The Gathering Place in Greenwood. But as a member of the Premier Basketball League, those facilities were not going to give the team the amenities it needed.
The new fieldhouse will have a pro-style court with NBA dimensions. Gone are the days of playing on a court that elementary schoolers used earlier in the day.
“We have a facility where we can do a lot things marketing wise,” Hogg said. “Millions of people will come into that building, so that's millions of people that will see us and what we are trying to do.”
The Diesels will continue to practice at Manual on most weekday evenings. Hogg says getting involved in the community is still the team’s main goal.
“We've been active all over the city,” he said. “Seen over 25,000 kids over the last three years." The Diesels promote healthy eating habits and active lifestyles when they visit schools.
The team’s first home game of the season is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
“Our games are very competitive, high level of talent," Hogg said. “Fans will see high-flying dunks and great shooters. Get to see guys before they make it to the big time."