As the Indianapolis Colts focus on selling tickets for this weekend's playoff game, with hopes of avoiding a local TV blackout, the team has revealed it will return to Anderson for next season's training camp. Owner Jim Irsay made the Anderson announcement on Twitter. The Colts are running advertisements featuring quarterback Andrew Luck in an effort to boost ticket sales for Saturday's game against Kansas City. The team faces a Thursday afternoon deadline to sell thousands of more tickets, or the National Football League’s blackout policy will take effect.
The most recent numbers from the team indicate around 6,000 tickets need to be sold.
Competition could be one of the reasons for the slower than anticipated sales. The Indiana Pacers are home Saturday and the Indiana Hoosiers will host Michigan State in men's basketball.
The Cincinnati Bengals are facing the same issue surrounding playoff ticket sales.
CBS Sports reports the last time a playoff game was blacked out in a local TV market was a 2001 Dolphins-Ravens matchup in Miami.
Sources: The City of Anderson, The Indianapolis Colts, Jim Irsay's Twitter Account, CBS Sports
January 1, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts have selected Anderson once again as the site for their summer training camp. The Colts and Anderson University have agreed to partner for the 2014 annual summer training season. The City of Anderson supports the efforts of Anderson University and proudly welcomes the return of the Colts.
Anderson Mayor Kevin S. Smith stated that, “Andersonians have the greatest admiration for the Colts organization and we’re proud Anderson University offers such high quality facilities which I believe contributes to the Colts being the greatest team in the NFL.”
Source: City of Anderson