Hibbert keeps the fun going for Area 55

The Pacers center treats the fans in his cheering session to free laser tag-and after signing a long term deal is ready to keep the fan section going.

CARMEL - Year two came to an end with a bang-a high-pitched one to be exact.

Add in some florecent light and a constantly dance tune filled with base and you have the final gathering of season two of Area 55.

Call it Roy Hibbert's parting gift for the members of his cheering section who received season tickets gratis in exchange for the high vocals during regular season games.

Many of the group took advantage of all the Laser Tag they could have at Laser Flash in Carmel, which included the Pacers' 7-foot-2 center.

"That's one perk of being in Area 55, I randomly think of stuff," said Hibbert of the event. "I was 3-0."

While that number gave Hibbert some bragging rights when it came to his fellow Laser Tag teammates, the number three itself takes on added significance for the center.

Despite a few early negative thoughts in Hibbert's first free agency of his NBA career, Hibbert eventually had his max contract matched by the Pacers in early July. It ensures a fifth NBA season in Indianapolis and perhaps just as important for the fans, a third season for Area 55.

"I breathed easy for the first time in seven days," said Area 55 member Brian Huser of Hibbert's signing.

While Hibbert's growth at the center postion since his drafting out of Georgetown in 2008 could produce that reaction, its his ability to connect with the community that made the center a more valuable asset. The Laser Tag wasn't the first time he held events like the one Sunday.

Before free agency began, Hibbert took members of the cheering section to a movie in thanks for their support during the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

"We're such a small market team, in New York you wouldn't get this opportunity to get great reaction with players and get to know them," said Area 55 member Rory Osborne. 

 

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