NewsLocal News / September 30, 2015

Local WNBA Fans Feel Finals Fever

Indiana Fever fans gathered at Indianapolis International Airport Wednesday morning to welcome home the newly-crowned Eastern Conference champs. - Doug Jaggers

Indiana Fever fans gathered at Indianapolis International Airport Wednesday morning to welcome home the newly-crowned Eastern Conference champs.

Doug Jaggers

INDIANAPOLIS – Finals fever is sweeping Indianapolis and fans are looking for a repeat of 2012.

The Indiana Fever have once again made their way to the WNBA Finals after a thrilling three-game series with the New York Liberty.

Dozens of fans greeted the team as they arrived at Indianapolis International Airport Wednesday morning, and cheered loudly when the team emerged from the concourse.

“I could’ve never imagined that when we walked out here we’d see so many people,” Fever Coach Stephanie White said.

The energy was building in the airport for well over an hour as fans began to cheer regular passengers and security personnel as they exited the terminal. Mary Robinson was one of the many fans who could hardly contain her excitement.

“It’s a great feeling. I’ve never felt this before,” Robinson said. “It’s so energetic and everybody is so excited.”

The anticipation of another title run contrasts the frustration many fans felt earlier in the year after the Fever started 1-4. White said the passion and loyalty of the fans helped her team fight its way into the playoffs.

“[The fans] have been through everything – through the thick and the thin – and they’re part of the reason why we do what we do in terms of wanting to win for this city,” White said.

The Fever will face the Minnesota Lynx, the same foe from three years ago. The Lynx boast a stronger regular season record, but Robinson believes the time is right for the Fever to claim a second WNBA title.

“We have it. We have the best team,” Robinson said. “We have the best players and they’re a team. Teamwork makes the dream work.”

The Fever will play Game One of the series Sunday at 3 p.m. in Minneapolis.

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