Six “Decade Games” celebrating each decade of the franchise; six more “Hickory” games commemorating the 30th anniversary of “Hoosiers” and release dates for both game tickets on sale and the always-popular Fan Jam presented by CNO Financial Group highlight the initial details released Wednesday by the Indiana Pacers as part of the team’s plans for the 50th Season Celebration.
“This by no means is the complete show,” said Pacers Sr. Vice President/Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Todd Taylor. “We have many activities and programs yet to come as we celebrate this very special season.”
Single-game tickets for the Pacers anniversary campaign will go on sale Thurs., Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m. Taylor reminds fans that those wishing to receive exclusive presale access, can sign up at Pacers.com/50. Fan Jam presented by CNO Financial Group will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday, Oct. 23. The event is free and open to the public.
The Pacers 50th Season – which begins with a special Opening Night presented by Kroger on Oct. 26 - will include six ”Decade Games” (one home game per month) celebrating each decade of the franchise history. All fans attending Opening Night or any of the Decade Games will receive a bobblehead doll featuring a Pacers star from the decade being celebrated. Along with the bobbleheads, Bankers Life Fieldhouse will transform for each Decade Game and include halftime ceremonies featuring players, coaches, and staff who represented the Pacers during each decade. Each Decade Game will feature era-specific in-game entertainment, including videos, music, and other fun elements. Current Pacers players will join the celebration by donning official shooting shirts inspired by Pacers uniforms from each decade and their jerseys will feature a commemorative 50th Season patch for all games during the 2016-17 season.
The “Decade Games” schedule includes: Nov. 12 vs. Boston Celtics – 1960s; Dec. 10 vs. Portland Trail Blazers – 1970s; Jan. 7 vs. New York Knicks – 1980s; Feb. 11 vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 1990s; Mar. 12 vs. Miami Heat – 2000s and April 4 vs. Toronto Raptors – 2010s.
After last season’s successful debut of the Hickory Pacers jerseys, the Pacers will once again pay tribute to the rich tradition of basketball in the State of Indiana and the movie “Hoosiers” by wearing the popular Hickory uniforms in six games this season – all at home at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Like last season, at each Hickory game during 2016-17 the Pacers will pay tribute and honor teams or individuals from the state of Indiana who have embodied the spirit of Hickory and the sport of basketball.
The Hickory games for this season include: Nov. 18 vs. Phoenix Suns; Dec. 22 vs. Boston Celtics; Jan. 27 vs. Sacramento Kings; Feb. 24 vs. Memphis Grizzlies; Mar. 24 vs. Denver Nuggets and April 6 vs. Milwaukee Bucks.
In addition to the celebrations inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers fans from across the country and around the world will be able to join in the season-long anniversary celebration through special interactive features on Pacers.com and Pacers social media channels. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite Pacers players, teams, and also share their favorite Pacers memories.
The Pacers will play the only preseason game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this year on Oct. 6 when they play host to the Chicago Bulls.