The Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers joined forces this Friday to prepare for a weekend of games versus Boston opponents: the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
The crisp autumn weather warmed up just enough for fans young and old, football and basketball to come out to Monument Circle and enjoy an early afternoon of fun and excitement. "Dave and Rae" provided the live music and mascots Boomer, Bowser, and Blue provided the entertainment.
"It's always nice to declare a Blue Friday," announced Mayor Greg Ballard to a growing crowd of fans. "This one is special because we have the Pacers and the Colts together."
The first 500 fans to show up for the event were treated to a lunch by Donato's Pizza. Every got a chance to check out the Colts In Motion traveling museum and Pacers Fan Van as well as enter for a chance to win Colts and Pacers weekend ticket packages.
"[These teams] are more than just sports teams," said Mayor Ballard.
"They are a rallying point for the community."
Several fans showed their support by dressing up for the costume contest. The mascots pulled their favorite costumes from the crowd and had the contestants participate in a dance off. Two winners were selected and both received VIP ticket packages to the Colts and Pacers games and gift certificates for dinner.
Though not everyone dressed up, everyone did receive a free Home Town Blue Weekend posters and a chance to get autographs from Colts and Pacers cheerleaders and alumni players.
A canned food drive to support Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana was also held during the event.
"I appreciate everyone coming out today," added Mayor Ballard. "I think it's going to be a great weekend."