I don't know how many of you, if any, notice the music during gameplay at the Fieldhouse like I do...Midway through last year, someone who hadn't been to a Pacers game in a long time went, and afterward he asked me if they played music/sound effects all game long (the last time he was there, they didn't do that). I told him I wasn't sure; I didn't notice the music that much. Then, every game I've been to since then, I've noticed exactly how much "un-basketball" noise there is throughout the games; it's outrageous. There was a point in a game I went to a couple weeks ago where there was an entire possession without sound effects, and I immediately noticed, and even remarked, "Hey! They aren't doin' any noises!" Then, promptly after a shot was made, the music/noises came back.
Anyway, the point of this thread is when did all this constant music/noise/sound-playing begin? And why in the world do we need it every single time down the court? That person who I spoke of earlier said he probably won't go to another game because the music/sound was so excessive-- not too loud--but just constant. He wants to hear the game; he wants to hear the players, the sound of the basketball dribbling, etc. And so do I. I don't have a problem with it down the stretch, and I don't have a problem with it every once in a while when the crowd needs a little pushing or the players need a little something; but I don't believe we need to hear it after every shot and during every single possession. I find it quite annoying; and I don't want to hear the talk about "it's there because the Conseco fans are so quiet." Fine, I'd rather have a near-silent stadium where I can hear the basketball game than listen to music/ artificial cheering while watching it.
Just once I would like to attend a game where the game starts out after the tip with the Pacers with the ball and hear the IndyCars running-by noises, then after the shot is made--nothing. After the Pacers go on a 8-pt + run, and the other team is looking demoralized, I'd like to hear some thundering DE-FENSE chanting. I don't need the music every time down. I don't need the DE-FENSE chant every single possession the opponent has. It just seems to me like this has gradually changed over the past few years, and you cannot go more than 1 possession a game without some kind of artificial cheer.
Oh, and on another note, the person who runs the replays on the big screen needs some help. Almost every time there's a controversial play, there's no replay; but whenever there's a dunk, you can almost set your watch to it-- it'll be shown again.
Maybe you don't feel the same way; you probably don't...Just wanted to vent my feelings on this.
And next time you're at a game, take notice of how often the music is played during game action.