Located in Legacy Theater on Level 1
The Indiana Pacers professional basketball franchise was born in 1967, when six Indianapolis investors pooled a few thousand dollars each to purchase a charter membership in the fledgling American Basketball Association (ABA). In the half-century that has transpired since that fateful spring, the Pacers have achieved monumental victories and suffered crushing defeat. The team has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and grown to become a cornerstone of Indianapolis’ emergence as a major contemporary American metropolis.
It’s well-known throughout the U.S. and internationally that Indiana is the center of all things basketball; high school, collegiate and professional. As the fieldhouse announcer proclaims, This is Indiana, where basketball is more than a game, it’s a religion! The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites proudly join the Indiana Pacers in celebrating the team’s Golden Anniversary, and looks forward to another 50 years of “Boom Baby!” memories.