According to reports, the United States Hockey League has voted 16-0 to approve the site plan for the Lyceum Pavilion and give the Indiana Ice USHL territorial rights to the Indianapolis market upon completion of the arena.
The Ice franchise competed in the Tier I Junior A league from 2004-14, winning the Clark Cup championship twice in 2009 and 2014, and division titles in 2008 and 2014. It was granted dormancy in May because of the lack of a suitable arena. The Ice split the last two seasons between Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Pan Am Pavilion, but the latter was closed this summer and is scheduled for redevelopment and demolition. When the team was granted dormancy, the USHL stated the Ice would remain a full member of the league and commissioner Bobby Fallen stated it was a goal of the league to get back into the Indianapolis market.
Ice owner Paul Skjodt has an option on property between Michigan Road abutting I-465 in northwest Indianapolis for the Lyceum Pavilion site, which is intended to include a 4,800-seat arena, two other ice sheets, other space for basketball/volleyball and other sport uses, as well as classrooms and other uses on the mixed-use property, pending the acquisition of funding. If funding is secured and the site is built, it could be ready in time for the 2016-17 season.