Pacers, Indians and Indy Eleven draw crowds Saturday night

INDIANAPOLIS - It was a big Saturday night for sports in Indianapolis, and the heavy crowds downtown were a testament to it.

The Indians were at home for a three-game series, the Indy Eleven soccer team played a home game at Carroll Stadium, and the Pacers were at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the opening game of the NBA playoffs.

Although a sell-out crowd entered the fieldhouse with high hopes, they left notably deflated after the Pacers' loss to the Hawks.

"Everybody had the same idea: It was time to get out of there," said fan Rodney Brooks.

While this was only Game 1 for the Pacers – it was ugly.

"Yeah, they have a chance to win, but not the way they played tonight," said DeAndre Petty. "They can't play lousy like tonight."

At Victory Field, the Tribe added another loss to their record, which remained still a winning one at 11-4.

And at IUPUI's Carroll Stadium, the Indy Eleven played a sold-out game against Tampa Bay, ending in a 1-1 tie.

"It's great soccer, and Indianapolis hasn't had pro soccer for so many years," said Kevin Maloney. "It's great to watch."

The Pacers will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday for their second game against the Hawks.

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