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Pacers News Release | Indianapolis, June 4, 2008
The Indiana Pacers will host a party at Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday, June 26, 2008, where fans can watch the 2008 NBA Draft and hear from Pacers executives about the team’s draft. The party will be free and open to the public. Doors will open for invited guests at 6:00 p.m. and for the general public at 6:30 p.m.
“This draft has a lot of talented players and this will be our first step this summer of adding a player that can help our team get back to the level we expect and our fans deserve,” said Larry Bird, President of Basketball Operations. “We want to invite all our fans to be here as we make our selection and start gearing up for the 2008-09 season.”
Fans will enjoy coverage of the 2008 NBA Draft at Conseco Fieldhouse courtesy of ESPN, which begins at 7:00 p.m. with the first pick in the draft taking place at approximately 7:35 p.m. Throughout the evening, fans will receive analysis, insight, commentary and live interviews.
Fans can register to win prizes throughout the evening. Prizes available include: three Pacers VIP Experience packages that include four tickets and dinner in the Varsity Club presented by UPS to a future Pacers home game; 11Pacers Mini Plans that include two tickets to 11 Pacers’ home games; and 11 jerseys of the Pacers’ first round draft selection.
Everyone in attendance will receive a Pacers.com Draft Guide that will include a breakdown of select players in the draft, including scouting comments, statistics and interviews with select players that worked out for the team prior to the draft. The program will also include a draft chart allowing fans to write in each draft selection and information on the Pacers draft history.
Invited guests will enjoy a VIP area where they can interact with current and former Pacers players and Pacemates and participate in interactive games. They will also enjoy appetizers and beverages, including product from Anheuser Busch/Bud Light, Maker’s Mark and Coors Brewing Company.
Several interactive elements will be available throughout the evening, including an interactive draft board updated after each pick. There will also be an opportunity to tour Legends presented by Bright House Networks and the Varsity Club presented by UPS.
Concession stands on the Main Concourse will be open for food and beverage purchases and the Virginia Avenue Garage on the east side of Conseco Fieldhouse will offer free parking for the draft party.