Tonight, the Pacers will be rocking these spectacular Hickory High jerseys when they take on the Heat at 8:00 p.m. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past three decades, the jerseys are inspired by the classic 1986 film, Hoosiers. The Pacers aren’t stopping at the jerseys, though. They’re pulling out all kinds of bells and whistles for tonight’s game: From NBA.com:
Come Friday night, Bankers Life Fieldhouse will have undergone a full-on Hickory makeover, complete with banners, historical exhibits, special guests, and even the actual bus from the film Hoosiers, which will be parked outside the entry pavilion in the plaza.
“Everything is going to be different,” said Dean Heaviland, the Pacers’ vice president of game operations. “The banners are going to be different, our opening is going to be different. Everything we do in-game will be different.”
The idea behind the thematic transition is to capture not just the feelings stirred up from the movie Hoosiers, but to reflect the pride and tradition of Indiana basketball, which can be traced all the way back to the tail end of the 1800s in the Hoosier state.
That’s very cool, but I still have a few burning questions. Will the Pacers run the picket fence? Will someone’s dad get drunk and wander onto the court? And most importantly, will Frank Vogel get the fellas fired up with this legendary speech?
The Pacers have already come this far, they might as well go all the way.