Trending: Fans chosen for Hibbert's Area 55
The fans chosen to sit in Roy Hibbert's Area 55 cheering section in Indianapolis were notified Thursday, a day after their in-person final auditions at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Hibbert and fellow Pacer George Hill had some fun while notifying two brothers who won, turning their notification call (above) into a prank.
Hibbert and a panel of judges chose the lucky 55 crazed Pacers fans, who will each get a season ticket for a prized seat in the rowdy section behind the Pacers' bench. The team's Area 55 site features the winners and their original entries.
There's a lot of new members this year. Hope the sophomores n the juniors show the rooks the ropes this year. Their ur new family. One Team!— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 30, 2012
Area 55 hopefuls waited anxiously by their phones Thursday:
Among the lucky winners were Steven Berry and Dana Williams -- both spotlighted earlier this week in Trending.
Just got off the phone with— Steven Berry (@stevenberry_1) August 30, 2012
@hoya2apacer and I made it into Area 55 this year!!! I didnt know it was possible to be this happy!Thanks Roy!
They will be joined by Rory Osborne and Sarah Senff:
Meanwhile, returning Area 55 ticket winners Scott and Annie Cline used a send-up of the Apple versus PC ad as their audition tape:
Others shed tears of joy. You can view this winning tryout here.
The winners came in all ages, shapes and sizes -- including one youngster from Franklin, Ind., who received her notification in person:
Others went to the mat to show their passion for Hibbert, the Pacers and a spot in Area 55:
Then El Pacero showed his musical skills in the final:
2-year veteran El Pacero breaks out a drum set for his Season 3 audition.twitvid.com/FXF0Z— Area 55 (@PacersArea55) August 29, 2012
Area 55 veterans Cathy Holland and Donald Hopson -- seen above with Hibbert's "55" and a "Believe" sign during the playoffs in May -- will also be returning this season.
Hibbert tried to console the ones who didn't make the final cut:
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) August 31, 2012
@thesandman21 man it was a tough decision. Seriously ur awesome.
For others, it was time to move on:
— Tyler Scanlan (@tylerscanlan) August 31, 2012
@pacersarea55 well didn't get into area 55 had to get on a new team
Special shoutout to comedia Ben Schwartz, who probably produced the funniest video for the contest.
"First off, I'm a diehard Knicks fan. I'm a huge Knicks fan. Let me get that out there first," Schwartz told ESPN's Lynn Hoppes. "But I'm friends with Roy because he had done a couple of episodes of 'Parks and Rec.' So to help him out we put this together as a joke."
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