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Free Fever tickets gone in two hours

Fans were able to pick up as many as eight tickets each. Fans were able to pick up as many as eight tickets each.

Richard Essex/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Indiana Fever fans grabbed up 9,000 free tickets for Saturday's playoff game against the Detroit Shock.

Indiana Pacers president and Indiana basketball legend Larry Bird bought the tickets in the Conseco Fieldhouse balcony. In less than two hours, the tickets were gone.

"I'll take eight. I've got a lot of friends," said one fan at the ticket window Saturday morning.

Both long-time and first-time fans snapped the tickets up as quickly as they were printed.

"I called my buddy and said, 'Let's hurry up and go down there and go get 'em'," said Fever fan Larry Voyd. " We are going tonight and we are gonna be cheering for the Fever."

Team spokesman Kevin Messenger said it's "do or die" tonight against the Shock.

"Win this game or the season is over. We win this game and we advance to the WNBA Finals, which are next week," Messenger said Saturday morning on Eyewitness News Sunrise.

There has also been speculation and published reports that this could be the Fever's last season, just as some fans are starting to discover the WNBA in Indianapolis.

"The momentum of the Fever has been picking up a lot. It keeps progressing and I keep hearing more people, even though they like IU and the Pacers and all that, there are a lot of people I know that are switching over to the Fever, to women's [basketball]," said Voyd. "They are tough. They really are. I think they play harder ball than the men."

Indiana Fever press release

Roughly 12 hours after it was announced that Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird had purchased the entire Conseco Fieldhouse balcony for Saturday night's Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 between the Indiana Fever and the Detroit Shock, all of the approximately 9,000 tickets have been distributed.

Due to tremendous response from Fever fans and the Indianapolis community, the free tickets made available by Bird's generosity were completely gone just past noon on Saturday - only two hours after the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office opened.

Fans began arriving outside Conseco Fieldhouse as early as 7 a.m., and approximately 200 people had gathered on The Fieldhouse steps by 9:30 a.m.

By the time arena doors opened, several hundred fans filled the Clarian Health Entry Pavilion and over 3,000 tickets were given away in the first 30 minutes of distribution.

Over 5,000 tickets were gone within an hour. By 12:15 p.m., the supply of free tickets was completely exhausted. The Fever, which finished the regular season with the best record (22-12) in the Eastern Conference, evened its best-of-three series with longtime playoff nemesis and defending champion Detroit with a 79-75 win Friday evening.

Good seats still remain for Saturday's decisive Game 3.

The winner advances to the WNBA Finals. Lower bowl and Krieg DeVault Club Level tickets are still available for the game, and are on sale at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, and all Ticketmaster locations. In addition, Kroger Plus Card members may use Kroger Plus Cards to purchase lower level seats for just $12 by showing the card at the box office or entering the Kroger Plus Card number on the Fever website.

Advancing to the WNBA Playoffs for a fifth consecutive season while celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Indiana Fever hosts Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sept. 26. Led by five time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, Olympic silver medalist Tully Bevilaqua, 2008 WNBA Most Improved Player Ebony Hoffman and two-time WNBA All-Stars Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever bids for its first appearance in the WNBA Finals.

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