See Pacers and racers for $100
The Indianapolis 500 does not start without Jim Nabors and the Pacers don't advance in the NBA Playoffs without hearing at least one "boom baby" from Slick Leonard. Some traditions you just don't mess with.
Which makes this coming weekend a sports quandary for a lot of people in Indiana. The Pacers are home against the Miami Heat for Game Three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the same day the Indianapolis 500 runs on West 16th Street.
The last time the Pacers played on race day was 2004, and it rained. The race started two hours late, and Buddy Rice won the 500 while the Pacers lost to the Detroit Pistons.
But can you go to both next weekend? The easy answer is 'yes,' because the race starts at noon and, if the NBA schedules the game for 8:30 p.m., you will have plenty of time to get from the track to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
But can you do it for a hundred bucks?
The least expensive seat still available at the track cost $40. That price does not include parking. For just $30, you can sit in the infield grass and bring your own food and drink.
That leaves you $60-to-$70 for a Pacer playoff ticket. But the Pacers have not posted tickets to Heat games for sale online yet. But if past playoff game prices hold for the Eastern Conference Finals, a single seat for the Knicks series could be had on the street for $50, which was close to face value.
The Pacers have taken reservations for the Heat series but single game tickets have not been put up for sale as of Sunday night.
Tickets for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 are still available online. The bottom line if you want to go to both, and do it for $100, you better buy your playoff tickets as soon as the general sale opens.