Why is Fan Support Lacking for Pacers?
I set off a lot of talk on Twitter when I mentioned that Pacers energetic PA guy Michael Grady was trying to get the “crowd into the game during the pregame intros.” But “that’s hard to do when the seats are more empty than full.”
Then I re-tweeted (Jazz beat writer from the Salt Lake City Tribune) Brian T. Smith’s comment, “Thought Indy was a sports town? Not tonight, apparently.”
The excuses came flying in after that.
People mentioned the Super Bowl being in town. The Soap Opera going on with the Colts. The game being played during the week.
There’s no other way to look at it, fans still aren’t buying into the Pacers’ early-season success.
This is an issue we talked about on here earlier this season, but there are still a lot of people in the Pacers organization wondering why fans aren’t showing up. The Pacers went into Tuesday’s game 26th in the league in attendance, according to ESPN.com
The Pacers have the fifth best record in the NBA. They’ve earned that record by beating some of the top teams in the league.
“What (fans) have been asking for, we now have,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after the game. “We’re fun and we play the right away. We’ve had a little success early and we want to sustain it.”
Now there’s not a legit excuse for the lack of fan support anymore.