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Creativity Wins Out at G2 Zone Part III Tryouts

by Scott Agness | @ScottAgness

September 19, 2013

A coffin, pair of bananas and a trashcan lit on fire. Those were just some of the many props utilized by Pacers fans Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 72 finalists came out for the final auditions into George Hill and Paul George’s G2 Zone.

Some of the most dedicated Pacers fans strutted their stuff, performed cheers and brought some creative material to the practice court in front of the panel of celebrity judges: Hill, George, Chris Copeland, and Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee. 72 acts took the floor with only 36 pairs of tickets to be given away.

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This is the second consecutive season Hill and George will be giving away 72 season tickets. Being in G2 not only guarantees fans season tickets, but also makes them part of a special group. Last year, G2 played dodgeball against Area 55 and together they unite for one common cause: To provide the Pacers with their unwavering support and be vivacious at each home game.

During auditions, the guys were looking for energy, creativity, noise, and an act that’s not drilled into the ground. Through the tryout process, Hill and George enjoyed getting a feel for the people beyond just being fans.

“It was fun,” Hill said. “We saw a lot of creativity. I wish we could’ve seen a little bit more but the experience that we had today was unforgettable.

The George duo handed out four golden tickets, an automatic pair of tickets in G2. The first one went to a local principal and teacher – Brian Proctor and Laban Clark – who opened their act in business attire and finished in tights, willing to do whatever it takes to be part of the zone.

Later, a couple of bananas came through with coordinated cheers and colorful individual portraits of the George’s. Other performances included Mario and Luigi, Superman, cheerleaders, a fishing pond, a song played on the guitar, and of course plenty of rappers. G2T2 duo showed off the custom t-shirts that they created for every single game last season.

The act, however, that stuck out in the minds of every observer was the zombies, Brian Blair and Vinny Landfert, who managed to stay in character throughout their memorable audition.

“That was the one that really wowed us and set the tone for what these guys should have in mind when they come to audition,” George said afterwards. “We saw a lot of stuff that people had already done before, we need a little bit more originality in future years.”

After the success Roy Hibbert had with his Area 55, the George’s came together two years ago and decided they wanted their own section. Why?

“Just to support the fans,” said Indianapolis native George Hill. “We see that they’re diehard fans and come out every night, giving us that great energy and making Bankers Life feel like it’s a very good home court advantage. Anytime we get that support, we try to give back to the community.”

George, who’s entering his fourth season with the Pacers, agreed.

“It’s cool to have your own fan section and be a part of your own fan section and be able to interact with those guys,” he said. “Me and George wanted to team up for our own section to kinda bring some life back into Bankers Life Fieldhouse and there’s no better way to start than have your own fan section.”

Members of Area 55 have already been chosen and next year’s G2 group will receive a phone call from either Hill or George on Friday afternoon.

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