Trending: Roy Hibbert's cheering section
Pacers fans submitted auditions to the Area 55 website -- and the fans chosen online will join other finalists who auditioned in person for the chance to win tickets in Area 55 -- courtesy of Hibbert. There won't be much actual sitting, either. Like any group of loyal, rowdy fans, they unapologetically root for the Pacers -- they mock their opponents, enjoy themselves and even chant “Hib-hib-horROY, Hib-hib-horRoy!” after each Hibbert free throw.
Here's one finalist -- who got himself pumped for the opportunity:
“They bring noise, have posters and big heads,” Hibbert told NBA.com. “I like their cheers when the opposing team shoots free throws. I laugh while I’m on the bench when they make up the cheers.”
So what does it take to make the finals of the Area 55 auditions?
I got invited to the final tryouts for— Hayden Weaver (@HAYDENparker22) August 27, 2012
@pacersarea55!!! Thank you everyone who has voted for me! I'll find out the final result on Thursday!
There's plenty of competition:
WooHoo I made to second rounds of— Dana Marie (@DEEtotheDUB) August 28, 2012
One of the Area 55 contestants brought in a ringer -- check out this entry by Ben Schwartz of "Parks and Recreation" fame.
Hibbert appeared on the show twice as himself -- playing an employee of Entertainment 720, the ill-fated company co-owned by Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Jean-Ralphio (Schwartz).
For some, making the finals was so close, yet so far away:
Made it to the second round of— Josh Baker (@thejoshbaker) August 28, 2012
#Area55 auditions, but can't go because of a gig. Boo world, boo.
Hibbert and a panel of judges -- including his mom -- will select the 55 winners at an audition on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Just booked my moms flight to Indy so she can come in and judge— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 28, 2012
@pacersarea55 live auditions.