The 2013 Colts rookie class were back out on the town this weekend, heading down to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to watch the WNBA World Champion Indiana Fever.
After having lunch at Colts Grille, the rookie class took in the nationally televised game against the Phoenix Mercury.
“It’s awesome, especially being so close,” fourth round pick Khaled Holmes said from his second row seat. “This is probably the closest I’ve sat to any professional basketball game. I’ve never been to a WNBA game but we are having a blast.”
Holmes had a connection with the Mercury as Phoenix guard Briana Gilbreath was a former classmate of his at USC and she played 34 minutes in Saturday afternoon’s contest.
It was a boisterous crowd of 8,672 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Colts rookies got a taste of what they might encounter later this year from their home fans.
“That just shows you how much sports mean to this city and how much the players mean to the fans,” third round pick Hugh Thornton said. “It goes both ways so I’m excited to be out here supporting the Fever and being out here with all these great fans.”
This was the second trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the rookie class as they took in the Pacers clinching game six victory over the New York Knicks during the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Throw in a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during May and the rookies have gotten a taste of what their new home has to offer.
“We are out here just learning the layout of the land,” Thornton said. “We got the opportunity to come see the basketball game and so far everything we’ve done in Indianapolis, I’ve loved it. I love this city and look forward to doing some more.”
With a three-day minicamp beginning on Tuesday, the rookie class will continue a tour of Indianapolis over the next two weeks with the team bonding continuing to grow out in the community.
“Obviously we are here to play football and that’s 100 percent the main focus, but at the same time, (Director of Player Engagement David Thornton) and the whole Colts organization has done a great time getting us acclimated to the city and allowing us to have a great time while we are playing here,” Holmes said.
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