To close out an off-season where the Indiana Pacers have purchased two full sections of season tickets for fans, helped to promote excitement for the 2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever, and even put together a flash mob dance routine, the franchise opened up Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday for a free Fan Jam. The annual Indiana Pacers Fan Jam is a free event, open to the public, that helps local fans get a bit more familiar with their team before the regular season begins. The Fan Jam is just one more indication of how this team tries to endear itself to their city and community.
This year’s Fan Jam included a team scrimmage, a dance off, a singing contest, a dunk contest, and autograph signings. One highlight of the scrimmage was the return of point guard George Hill, who took the court with the starters, after being sidelined for the entire preseason due to injury. After the scrimmage, Hill also won a three-point contest, hitting 22 long distance shots out of 24 attempts.
Some of the other highlights of the event included rookie center Miles Plumlee dancing while on a unicycle, and the ever-entertaining rookie karaoke sing-off. Plumlee did his best rendition of “Call Me Maybe”, while guard Ben Hansbrough sang Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” to a young female fan, who was brought out of the crowd by team captain Danny Granger.
The Fan Jam was a perfect way to finish up a promising preseason, as well as getting the local community even more excited about the regular season to come.