The rain cancelled the Fever’s parade through downtown Indianapolis but not the celebration Tuesday. Fever fans yelled, "We are the champions" as they made their way through the rain and as the team brought the party inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Then, they raised the roof.
As the fans celebrated the Fever's World Championship, The city of Indianapolis celebrated more great national attention on the heels of the Super Bowl.
"I said at the Super Bowl that Indianapolis and Indiana is America's best kept secret," Congressman Andre Carson told the crowd. "Well, you know what? The secret is out!"
The words title town aren’t usually associated with Indianapolis but now with the Fever winning the WNBA Championship not only are they recognized here in Indiana, they're getting national attention for the city of Indianapolis.
"It's unbelievable, on national television, in fact the games were televised all over the world," said Pacers President Jim Morris. "And these ladies put the greatest face on our city that you could ever imagine."
The mayor said you can't buy this type of advertising for a city.
"I always say you can't just win in Indiana, you've got to win the right way," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "And the Fever has done that and it just adds to luster of the city and the state."
The Fever did it right. After 13 years of trying, it all came together for players and fans.
"This is about you guys, about the fans, about the city of Indianapolis, about the state of Indiana and bringing pride to the city and doing everything we can to put this state on the map and be champions," said Kelly Krauskopf, Fever Chief Operating Officer.