If the Pacers leave the state I'll be behind them by maybe 6 months max, even if I don't move to the same location they move to.
They are a major reason I stay because in many other ways the state has nothing to offer me.
The playoff years also include years like 90-91-92 and you could walk up and get seats for a playoff game. I've told the story before about the night Dale ended his rookie hold-out and suited up. We went down 30 minutes before tipoff and bought 4 seats together about 17 rows up for $7 each (box office). They used the curtains almost all the time.1) Up until 2000, Indiana was *crazy* about the Pacers. I don't know what this guy was getting at by saying that Indiana never really supported them "fully". That's some incorrect information, right there. Anyone that went to MSA during the Reggie playoff years knows that it was the loudest arena in the league.
Yes the curtains could be removed for the playoffs, but there was more green than gold when the Pacers played the Celtics. The fans that were "always with them" didn't show up anymore than the Harbaugh fans showed up the year after the AFC CG vs the Steelers.
98-99-2000 was like Manning finally getting the Colts to sold-out season ticket level which only took about 10 years of winning (="I guess maybe they don't totally suck now")