Indianapolis—Christmas will come a day later at Conseco Fieldhouse and that’s fine with Indiana businesses.
If the NBA lockout is over, bellman Keith Brown is ready to see his Detroit Pistons fans in town December 26th.
“When I heard the news, I was like, yes, basketball is back!” said Brown.
Ask any downtown business owner and you will hear that the end of the NBA lockout couldn’t come at a better time.
With downtown Indianapolis businesses out $55 million due to the lockout, and the Colts in a slump, they could use the revenue generated from the Pacers.
“It’s exciting, they are our neighbors, the Pacers are back, “ said Dave Hornak, General Manager at locally-owned Scotty’s Brewhouse.
He is already banking on the Super Bowl business, but the hot NBA teams always bring much-needed cash.
“The Bulls, Miami, Boston, all the players on the team.”
But will the lockout affect the Pacers’ rhythm on the court?
Last year, they entered the playoffs but lost against the Chicago Bulls.
“(President & GM) Larry Bird has a lot of promise for his young team, but this is a late start.” Said John Gipson, who works at the Canterbury Hotel.
It’s better late than never for Keith Brown.
The start of the season is a month away, but he acts like a child ready to open his Christmas presents.
“After the games, the horns are going to be blowing and I can’t wait. I’ll be outside with them.”