Season Ticket Holders:
Ready for Tipoff!

The Indiana Fever conducted its annual Fever Believer Tipoff Party on Tuesday evening, with an open practice followed by games and prizes, and an autograph session. The Fever welcomed approximately 400 season ticket holders to the open practice. The team practiced for about 30 minutes before opening its doors to the fans at 5:30, and continuing to scrimmage until just shy of 7:00.

After the scrimmage came to an end, a lively question-and-answer session took place between new players and returning veterans. It was a way for fans to get to know the Fever’s cast of newcomers on a more personal level. A brown leather recliner, provided by Ashley Furniture and placed at center court, was the “hot seat” where new players sat and answered questions from Tamika Catchings, Tully Belivaqua, and Ebony Hoffman.

While free agent forward Charlotte Smith was in the “hot seat,” she was asked what she would be doing if she wasn’t playing basketball. “Producing music,” she said, while calling for a DJ to play her song – much to the surprise of the fans. Hoffman was quick to her feet, encouraging fans to clap along, and Bevilaqua even found a young fan to dance with her at midcourt. Fever fans then got to listen to the track Smith wrote, with Fever center Olympia Scott performing vocals with her.

Click here to listen to Charlotte & Olympia's Fever Believer song.

Once the Q & A session concluded, fans were surprised to learn that the chair was to be given away to the person with the lucky sticker on the back of their season ticket holder pass. The coincidental winner of the chair was Dejah Lewis, a young member of Tamika Catchings’ S.T.A.R.S. program – a part of Catchings’ Catch the Stars Foundation.

“This is good because we need a recliner,” Katrina Lewis, Dejah’s mother, said. “It matches our furniture!”

Kristy Ohler, from Fort Wayne, has been a season ticket holder for each of the Fever’s seven seasons. Tully Belivaqua is her favorite player, and she has followed her since Ohler and a friend saw Belivaqua play at a game in Los Angeles.

“I saw Tully play at a game when I was in LA and by the end of the game my friend and I were both cheering for her. When Tully signed with the Fever I called my friend and said, ‘We have Tully!’” she said.

“It looks like [this season] is going to be really exciting,” Deb Qualkenbush, also a seven-year season ticket holder said. When asked about the new players, “I like Anna DeForge and [Tamika] Whitmore has always been good,” she said.

Barbara Keeney had to persuade her husband John to get season tickets when the Fever first came to Indianapolis.

“I told him, it’s your two favorite things, girls and basketball,” she said.

John said Barbara had been pushing him to buy tickets for quite some time.

“She kept saying that she wanted to go to a game. Finally I said, ‘okay honey which game do you want to go to?’ And she said, ‘I don’t want to go to one game, I want to go to all of them.’” That, like many of the Fever season ticket holders, was seven years ago and they have had season tickets ever since. Both John and Barbara are looking forward to the upcoming season as were most of the season ticket holders Tuesday night.