FEVER TO RAISE EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER ON SATURDAY NIGHT
INDIANAPOLIS – Celebrating their finest season and the first conference championship in franchise history, the Indiana Fever will raise the Eastern Conference championship banner to the Conseco Fieldhouse rafters Saturday night when the Fever hosts its 2010 season opener against the Washington Mystics.
The Fever Opening Night Celebration is presented by St.Vincent Women’s Hospital and the Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting St.Vincent Foundation. Opening Night activities include music and entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fieldhouse doors open at 6 p.m., tipoff is at 7. The Eastern Conference championship banner will be raised prior to tipoff, with the first 5,000 fans receiving replica copies of the championship banner courtesy of Kroger. Fans will also receive Fever cheer stix courtesy of St.Vincent Women’s Hospital. Tickets start at $10.
Returning just in time for Saturday’s celebration are four returning starters who have played overseas in Turkey until this week. Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, Ebony Hoffman and Tammy Sutton-Brown will make their 2010 Fever debut when Indiana plays its first home game since Conseco Fieldhouse was sold out for three consecutive playoff dates last fall.
The Fever won the Eastern Conference title last season after a record-setting 22-12 regular season and playoff wins over Washington and Detroit. Indiana advanced to meet the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA Finals series that brought unprecedented attention to the Fever franchise as Indiana and Phoenix staged one of the highest scoring, most intense and most watched series in league history. The season and the Eastern Conference championship will be celebrated on Saturday night.