When Indiana Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings plays her final regular season home game today, the crowd inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse likely will be packed to the rafters.
Paul George wanted it to be that way, and the Pacers All-Star forward and Olympic gold medalist did his part, a gesture appreciated by Catchings and a lot of happy fans.
George purchased 5,000 balcony seats for the Fever-Dallas Wings game that tips off at 4 p.m. The tickets — four per fan — were distributed Friday afternoon at the Fieldhouse Box Office and the process went swiftly.
Fever officials on Saturday said Lower Level and Krieg DeVault Club Level tickets were available and can be purchased at the box office. The game can be seen on ESPN2.
Catchings also announced that several Pacers players donated $50,000 to her Catch the Stars Foundation Friday. Those players, she said, did not want to be identified.
The organization’s mission is to: “Empower youth to achieve their dreams by providing goal-setting programs that promote literacy, fitness and mentoring.”
A joint press release issued by the Fever and Pacers includes some career information about Catchings and the Fever, who will appear in the WNBA playoffs for the 14th time.
Catchings’ career has spanned 16 WNBA seasons, retiring at season’s end as one of the league’s most accomplished and respected stars. A four-time Olympic gold medalist, she joined (Paul) George in Rio last month while each captured gold medals for the U.S. Olympic Team.
The Fever currently are 16-16 and in fifth place in the WNBA, securing a playoff spot for a WNBA-record 12th consecutive season. Catchings has been a participant in all of those playoff seasons, appearing in a WNBA-record 67 playoff games. WNBA Playoffs begin Sept. 21.
A WNBA playoff participant in 12 straight seasons and 13 times since 2002, the Indiana Fever have reached at least the conference finals eight times in the past 11 years – including WNBA Finals appearances in 2009 and 2015, and a WNBA championship in 2012.
For single-game ticket information or 2016 season ticket information, visit FeverBasketball.com or call (317) 917-2528.
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