Pacers winning streak not boosting attendance
The Indiana Pacers are hoping 16 is a lucky number. They take on Toronto tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and if they win, it will be their 16th win in a row at home.
But all of the winning isn't translating into fans in the stands - at least not as many as the team would like to see.
The Pacers are on a five-game winning streak. They lead the Central Division. but still they're struggling with getting fans to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The coach and players want you to come and see them on the hardwood. sp you can feel the energy in person.
The team's success is part of a rebuilding process that has taken years. And for the past few seasons, the team has made huge strides, winning on the court and turning into role models off the court.
But NBA attendance figures show the Pacers near the bottom of the league, with 25 of the 30 teams averaging more fans at home games than Indiana's current 14,592 per home game.
They have seen a bump in attendance, drawing about 1,300 more fans on average than last season. But there are still a lot of empty seats, as fans are only filling 80-percent of the available seats - something the team wants to change.
Head coach Frank Vogel said the team is playing at a special level right now, "I'm hopeful that all of you Pacers fans sitting at home watching us on TV start coming out and watching us," said Vogel, "because this is a special team that we're putting together here."
Forward David West described the formula for the Pacers' success, "We're just looking for constant improvement. Being professional. When there are adjustments to be made, we make adjustments and it's translating into wins for us."
The Pacers take on Toronto tonight at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15.50. A little more than the price of a movie. If you can't make it tonight, there's another opportunity on Monday, when the Pacers host the Brooklyn Nets.