Indiana Pacers’ Kids Club

Watching the local news one Sunday in October, I saw the Indiana Pacers were holding a free event.  “Meet the Pacers, enjoy a free lunch, free parking, free gifts, FREE FUN.” said the reporter.  Count us in, I thought!  If it’s free we will try it! 

I took my two oldest children, ages 4 and 6, and headed downtown Indianapolis to Conseco Fieldhouse.  We received drawstring Pacer backpacks, lunch, face painting, balloons, we made caramel apples, jumped in bounce houses, met many people from the Pacers organizations, sat court side, had our pictures taken, shot baskets on the court, watched the Pacer players make fools of themselves, all for FREE.  While there they had a table set up for the Pacers Kids Club.  Normally priced at $10 a kid, discounted to $5 for the day.  I signed them both up.  In their welcome packages they received, apiece, 20 tickets to Pacer games, discounted tickets for mom and dad, a kids club t-shirt, a personalized lanyard, a pencil, bracelet, a schedule poster, a Pacers pennant, and boomer stickers.  That alone was worth the $5 to me.  But it doesn’t stop there.  At one game a month they get something special.  Photographs with the players, autographs, locker room tours, party with the pacemates, Birthday party with Boomer, pizza parties, the list keeps going.  Not to mention that at each game they have specials going on in the store, they have a wheel you can spin for prizes, a magician, and a balloon maker.  They also shoot shirts from a cannon, and do special give aways in the stands.

Everyone we have encountered at Conseco Fieldhouse has been kind and helpful, from the workers to the fans.  We have been fortunate.  As the months have gone on we have become huge Pacer fans.  The kids dress up and are often stopped by staff  and fans complementing them on their attire and team spirit.

We do spend $25 a game.  We pay $12 to park, you can find parking cheaper, but we pay to park in the garage that has a skywalk attached to the Fieldhouse.  We spend $6 on a bottomless soda that comes in a collectible cup and $7 on a bottomless bucket of popcorn that is served in a reusable bucket.

On top of these discounts, this has bonded my children and I.  Colts fans first, they now beg to watch a Pacers game on TV.  They have learnt the names of some of the players, they chant and cheer, and they are learning some of lifes little lessons.

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