The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is based in the state's capital and largest city, Indianapolis, Indiana, located in the center of the state. The Indiana Fever of the WNBA, also owned by Melvin and Herb Simon, are the Pacers' sister team and play at Conseco Fieldhouse as well. The Indiana Pacers also have 2 mascots at every home game, Boomer and Bowser, who also appear often for the NBA. In early 1967, a group of six investors pooled their resources to purchase a franchise in the proposed American Basketball Association. The Pacers were one of four ABA teams that joined the NBA in the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.