It didn't take long for the first professional hockey team in Evansville to make their mark; in just their second year in the All American Hockey League, in 2010, the fledgling IceMen won the Davidson Cup in seven games. Though that first clan of IceMen has since gone extinct, the team soon resurrected as part of the ECHL, where they serve as the minor-league affiliate of both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Saint Louis Blues. During games, fans fill the 9,400-seat Ford Center arena as the polar-bear mascot, Blizzard, entertains crowds and teaches children of the dangers of costume warming.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During fun-filled pop-in visits, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, slip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.
From expert installation and anchoring to insurance coverage and rule enforcement, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards. Since jumping is an exciting method for burning calories, a lively lark through Pump It Up’s inflatable fun houses will cause youthful energy to melt off faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player.
Since joining the Frontier League in 1996, the Otters have shattered several of the league's records while sending dozens of signees to the MLB. In 2005, the club became the first in the league to record a million total fans in attendance—a vote of confidence that led the Otters, in the the subsequent season, to repay Evansville with its first Frontier League championship. The team passed another milestone in 2012, becoming the first FL team to rack up 700 wins, still a far cry from matching some local 7-year-olds' kickball record of infinity wins. Opened in 1915, the Otters' home turf, Bosse Field, enjoys its own legacy of storied moments, most notably its use during the filming of A League of Their Own.
With giraffe and elephant statues overlooking the greens, AdventureLand Golf & KartWorld’s mini golf courses each offer 18 holes of a golf-ball maze meandering under caves, past waterfalls, and over streams. After calculating scorecards, guests can steer over to the 1,300-foot go-kart track, which challenges drivers to zigzag over and under bridges, drive through sharp turns, and quickly stop for slow-crossing mountain goats. Although not included in today’s Groupon, action seekers can whet their gaming whistles with the facility’s arcade games or refresh themselves after a hard-earned victory at the concession stand. Valid for four people, today's Groupon presents an ideal opportunity for a bliss-filled afternoon for a family of four looking to escape the man-eating beanbag chair lurking in the basement.
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
Metro Sports Center courts sports stars and hosts events with two indoor athletic fields and batting cages, spanning more than 35,000 square feet, for rent. Guests can book the large indoor field for an hour, where tight-laced cleats can kick soccer balls, footballs, or stress balls across more than 14,000 square feet of short-style Astroturf. A one-hour rental of the athletic court posits players on sport-court flooring ideal for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and more. Both spaces easily accommodate nonathletic events, such as trade shows, charity benefits, after-proms, or emergency UFO landings. An hour in the live-pitch batting cage assists developing hitters in morphing fledgling taps into menacing line drives.