What Gives, Pacers Fans?

It’s no secret that the Pacers have watched their fan base recede steadily since the 2004 brawl and the ensuing years of arrests, suspensions and mercurial personality displays. It was presumed, however, that things were getting better. The team has rid its rosters of all nearly all vestiges from those dark days (Lance Stephenson’s new-age police trouble notwithstanding) and is now populated by seemingly moral young kids who should be much easier to root for. Moreover, with a 7-3 record, the team is tied for third place in the Eastern Conference.

So what’s the deal with this report last night from the Indianapolis Business Journal?

Don’t have official attendance yet for tonight’s Pacers game, but I can’t imagine there are more than 6,500 in the Fieldhouse.

Sports business reporter Darrell Rovell captured the void by publishing the image above.

So what gives, Pacers fans? We know you didn’t go to the team’s second home game in Conseco Fieldhouse during last year’s playoffs against the Bulls. But that’s understandable. The playoff berth for a sub-.500 team must have caught many off guard, and it’s tough to get too excited about a match-up against the conference’s best team.

But how about now? Why aren’t you showing up to watch this team in 2012?

UPDATE: Here’s some more context from Pacers supporter and sometimes 8p9s contributor Tony Laurenzana.

Attendance was around 10K last night, but what Rovell didn’t mention was that traffic was blocked and people were late

2 inmates attempted to escape the Marion Co. Jail and police blocked traffic around the Fieldhouse which caused many to be late.

10,000 is still pretty bad and Pacers season ticket holder David Peck was there and acknowledged that the Fieldhouse “empty,” but the photo, which was right before tip, probably makes it look more vacant than it was.

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