On June 7, 1999, the cities of Indianapolis, Miami, Portland and Seattle were awarded WNBA expansion franchises, to begin play in 2000.

Eighteen days later, the Indianapolis franchise sold its 1,000th season ticket to Dorothy Mengering, the mother of late-night talk show host David Letterman. A few months later, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, and at that time Indiana Pacers head coach, bought the 5,000th season ticket sold.

The Fever did not have that good of a rookie season, going 9-23 under coach Anne Donovan.

Brian Winters coached the team from 2003 - 2007, posting a 78-58 record. He was replaced by Lin Dunn - the long-time coach of the Seattle Storm.

The Indiana Fever are owned by Herbert and Melvin Simon, who also own the Indiana Pacers. They play their games at the Canseco Fieldhouse.

Chris Denari and Debbie Antonelli are the play-by-play announcers for Fever games on WFNI, and for games carried by FSN Indiana.

Tamika Catchings is the Fever’s star player, but unfortunately she has been hampered by injuries throughout her career. Alison Bales of Duke is another recently-added star.

Country United States United States
City Indianapolis, Indiana
Founded 1999
Website wnba.com

Donovan was an interim coach - subbing for Nell Fortner who had been chosen as coach, but was committed to the USA Olympic team that year. She joined the Fever in 2001 - when the Fever fared little better, with a 10-22 record. Each year after that saw improvement, however. They finished as a .500 team in 2002, just slightly below that in 2003-2004, and for the next three years finished with the identical record each year, 21-13.