Indiana has always been known for supporting high school and college athletics. Local High Schools have some of the largest gyms and stadiums for high school sports in the country and the local community fills them up on a regular basis. IU, Purdue, Notre Dame and recently even IUPUI and Butler regularly pack the house – to the point were getting tickets can be difficult for some games. Despite the love and support for High School and College sports Indiana, and Indianapolis in particular, has been ridiculed for its lack of support for its professional teams. More specifically, Indianapolis has been criticized for the inability to support more than one professional team at one time. Indianapolis is starting to show this is no longer the case.
Consider this – The Pacers sold out a game the same day that IU sold out a home basketball game and the Colts had sold out a home playoff game. Something about being a Hoosier drives you to show support when you feel a team and organization deserves it and don’t support them if they don’t deserve the support. I am not talking how many wins or how many loses. The Colts went 2-14 and the Colts still sold out every home game, that year and the following year and this year. The Pacers have built a team that the city believes in and ticket sales are up another 30% with more sell outs then I can remember. People didn’t stop going to the games because the Pacers were bad, they stopped going because the organization was unorganized and had players that didn’t believe in – and let’s be honest they were thugs. A group Hoosiers couldn’t support. So how does this relate to the dunk contest winning dunk that was performed in a game by Paul George and is all over the local news?
It shows that Indiana respects both of their professional sports teams right now. It shows that Indianapolis is finally moving forward with letting Peyton go, continuing to support the Colts and really support the Indiana Pacers who have been on a long rebuilding journey since the 2004 season. The headline in Indy should be the Pacers current dominance in the NBA and Paul George’s amazing dunk, not Manning in Denver, and I for one am happy about the change! Indy fans supported the Colts, that season is over so they are now completely dedicated to the Pacers.
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