The Indiana Fever will have a parade to celebrate their first WNBA championship on Oct. 23 in downtown Indianapolis. The city has partnered with the team to host the event and make it open to all fans. All of the Fever players are expected to be at the parade with the possibility of photo opportunities at the end.
Celebrating the Indiana Fever's Win
The Indiana Fever will begin the celebration in downtown Indianapolis at 12 p.m. EST on Oct. 23 at the Monument circle. Several streets will be closed for the parade that is expected to last for about 25 minutes before reaching Georgia Street. The WNBA championship trophy will be prominently displayed, and fans may have photo opportunities with the players at the end.
The team is encouraging fans to wear the WNBA championship shirts and other items to the parade. Unfortunately, the Home Court Gift Shop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse sold out of Indiana Fever items after Game 4 of the finals. The store briefly restocked on Oct. 22, but fans flooded the gift shop and left empty shelves. It is not clear if the championship items will be restocked in time for the parade on Oct. 23 despite promises from management.
Plans for the Indiana Fever's Parade
Head coach Lin Dunn is rumored to be working on her speech for the parade and will be joined by general manager Kelly Krauskopf. The MVP of the finals, Tamika Catchings, will also have an opportunity to talk at the event. In addition, fans will see Katie Douglas, who suffered an ankle injury that ruined her season, at the parade. The rest of the team will also be honored during the event.
The Indiana Fever players will have a special float at the parade that will be accompanied by police. Local officials and a marching band have been invited. Since this is the first basketball championship for Indianapolis since 1973, fans can expect the city to focus heavily on the WNBA title. This is the Indiana Fever's first championship after 12 years and eight times of being in the playoffs.
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