Pacers hope to reignite fan interest with playoff appearance

The Indiana Pacers resume their playoff series Monday night against Orlando. The team finds itself needing a win after losing to the Magic in Saturday’s opener.

Tickets are easy to come by at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after Saturday’s loss to the Magic 81-77. The Magic are looking for 2-0 in the opening round of the playoffs while the Pacers are looking for their first win.

It wasn’t too hard to spot empty seats during this weekend’s playoff game. The Pacers finished the¬†regular season with the second-lowest attendance in the¬†league.

With a win, Indiana could spark fans’ interest. Die-hard supporters are excited either way.

“They’re looking great. They’re a nice young team and they’re up and coming and they got a bunch of good players. I like what they’re doing,” said David Rumsmoke, a fan who was picking up tickets Monday.

“Probably the best team since 1972 or 1973. I’m very excited. I think we’re gonna shock the nation!” said another fan, Kevin Lesiure.

Wilma Gaede says she’s noticed that the Magic is getting more attention in the series, “but I still love the Pacers!” she laughed. “It’ll all work out.”

Pacers fans have a chance to attend Monday’s second game of the NBA Playoffs courtesy Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee.

McAfee announced on Twitter Sunday that he had purchased 375 pairs of tickets to give away to fans. The tickets will be distributed starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the Silver Bucket on the second floor of the Home Court Gift Shop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The event will take place until 6:15 p.m., or until the tickets have been distributed.

Fans will shoot a free throw for a chance at four tickets to Monday’s game if they make the basket. Those who miss the shot will receive two tickets.

Tickets are still available for purchase at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office as of Sunday evening.

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