The Hickory Hoosiers are coming to the NBA.
The Indiana Pacers will wear special "Hoosiers" alternate jerseys in honor of the film's 30th anniversary, the team and MGM Studios announced Monday.
"Hoosiers," inspired by the Indiana High School state championship team from small-town Milan, premiered Nov. 14, 1986, and starred Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper. It grossed $220,068 on opening weekend and $28,607,524 overall and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
"Our team will be honored to wear the Hickory uniforms because of the attention it will bring to the storied history of Indiana basketball and the success of that movie," Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations, said in a statement. "Hoosiers takes us all back to a special place and time."
"With the 30th anniversary of Hoosiers approaching, MGM is excited to partner with the Pacers organization for this perfect tie-in," MGM Executive Vice President of Marketing Michael Brown said. "We look forward to seeing the players wear the Hickory jerseys with pride."