Thanks to a special partnership between the Indiana Pacers and MGM, the movie Hoosiers will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a very special and very different kind of commemoration: Hickory uniforms. According to a press release, the team will wear the uniforms in select regular season games for the 2015-16 season, as well as for select games for the next few seasons.
“Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie,” Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a statement. “Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time.” Added Todd Taylor, Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing, “obviously, we revere the film, but more importantly we believe our organization, especially our players, embody the core message of the story — by coming together as a team, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished.”
The Cinderella story about the 1954 Indiana High School state champion team was inspired by true events and released in 1986. Starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, Hoosiers was written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It received two Academy Award nominations, including an honor for Hopper as Best Supporting Actor.
“With the 30th anniversary of Hoosiers approaching, MGM is excited to partner with the Pacers organization for this perfect tie-in,” Michael Brown, Executive Vice President Marketing, MGM said in a press release. “We look forward to seeing the players wear the Hickory jerseys with pride.”
The Indiana Pacers are about to begin their 48th season in professional basketball. Currently, there is no word on which games the Hickory uniforms will be worn during.