Like Colts, Pacers will travel to London for regular season game

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18: Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)((Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images))

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – We already knew the Indianapolis Colts were headed overseas to play in London. But they’re not the only Indy professional sports team ready to go across the pond.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to London to take on the Denver Nuggets for a regular season game on Jan. 12, 2017, at The O2, the NBA and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) announced Thursday.

This marks the first time the Pacers have gone overseas for a regular season game. They’ve made stops in several countries for preseason matchups, including China, Philippines, Taiwan, Germany and Spain.

“The Indiana Pacers are excited and really look forward to playing in London,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “It’s not only exciting for our players, but our franchise. It’s a great opportunity for more NBA exposure overseas and we’re very pleased for the Pacers to be part of that exposure.”

The Colts will travel to London to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 2 at Wembley Stadium. The two sports teams will make their trips just four months apart.

“It’s a great honor to be selected by the NBA to play in NBA Global Games London this upcoming season,” said Pacers President/Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson. “With both the Pacers and Colts playing in London within a matter of months, it’s great exposure not only for each team on their own; but a chance to share Indianapolis’ and Indiana’s passion for our pro sports teams on an international stage.”

Even though both teams will be on the road, so to speak, the NBA has designated the Nuggets as the home team. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season.

“I’m really excited and thankful the NBA is allowing us to reach out to our fans in London,” said Pacers three-time All-Star Paul George. “This is great exposure for our team and our franchise. I think it will be a great experience for us and the fans in attendance.”

The game is part of the NBA Global Games London 2017 series.