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COLTS FANS INVITED TO LUCAS OIL STADIUM FOR ESPN’S MIKE & MIKE SHOW LIVE THIS FRIDAY

Posted by amberderrow on October 13, 2015 – 2:39 pm

Radio Show Returns to Lucas Oil Stadium for the First Time Since 2010

 

INDIANAPOLIS – ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will be live inside Lucas Oil Stadium this Friday, October 16, from 6-10 a.m. on the Lucas Oil Plaza. The Indianapolis Colts are inviting their fans to wear their Colts gear for Blue Friday and help “pack the plaza” for the show. The Lucas Oil North Gate at the stadium will open at 5:00 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free Colts car flag. Colts Cheerleaders and Blue will also be at the stadium for the show. The Mike & Mike Show is broadcast locally on 1070/107.5 The Fan and simulcast on ESPN2.

 

WHAT:             ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show LIVE at Lucas Oil Stadium

 

WHERE:           Inside Lucas Oil Stadium on the Lucas Oil Plaza

 

WHEN:             Friday, October 16, 2015

6-10 a.m. (Lucas Oil North Gate opens at 5:00 a.m.)

 

WHO:               ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

 

ADMISSION:   Free and Open to the Public

 


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COLTS TO HOLD OPEN MINI-CAMP PRACTICE AT LUCAS OIL STADIUM

Posted by coltsadmin on May 11, 2015 – 10:33 am

June 10 Event Presented by Speedway; Free to Public

 

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, June 10, the Indianapolis Colts will host their annual Mini-Camp and Fan Open House, presented by Speedway, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will give fans the opportunity to watch the team practice and enjoy a variety of activities. Doors will open at 2 p.m. and fans will have access to the field, give-a-ways, discounted concessions and more. Practice is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

 

WHAT:            2015 Colts Mini-Camp and Fan Open House

  • On-Field Activities (2-4 p.m.)
  • Discounted Concessions
  • Appearances by Blue and Colts Cheerleaders
  • Team Practice (5:30 p.m.)
  • Give-A-Ways
  • Register to Win

                       

WHEN:            Wednesday, June 10

                        2:00 p.m. – Doors Open, On-Field Activities

5:30 p.m. – Practice Begins

 

WHERE:          Lucas Oil Stadium (North and South Gates Only)

                        500 S. Capitol Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46225

 

PARKING:       Free in the South Lot, while space is available


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COLTS KICKOFF CONCERT, PRESENTED BY VERIZON, MOVED TO LUCAS OIL STADIUM

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 3, 2014 – 11:35 am

Due to Inclement Weather, Friday’s Free Concert Moved to Stadium

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Due to inclement weather in Friday’s forecast and to ensure the safety of their fans, the Indianapolis Colts have announced that their second annual Kickoff Concert, featuring Blues Traveler, has been moved to Lucas Oil Stadium. The event, originally scheduled to take place on Georgia Street, is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. this Friday, September 5, and is free and open to the public. It is being held in conjunction with Downtown Indy and 1070/107.5 The Fan.

 

A limited amount of free parking will be available in the south lot at the stadium. Half price concessions will be available throughout the evening. Fans may enter the stadium through the north and south gates, beginning at 6 p.m.

 

The Colts will kick off the regular season in a primetime Sunday Night Football matchup versus the Denver Broncos this Sunday, September 7. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The team opens their regular season home schedule against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 15 in a Monday Night Football primetime matchup. Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. A limited number of Colts single-game tickets are still available at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

The Kickoff Concert is one of several kickoff events the team has planned to celebrate the start of football season. Visit www.colts.com/kickoff for a complete list of events and promotions.

 

WHAT:           2014 Colts Kickoff Concert Presented by Verizon, featuring Blues Traveler

  • Opening Act: The Easthills
  • Colts Cheerleaders and Blue
  • Colts Give-A-Ways
  • Half Price Concessions

 

WHEN:           Friday, September 5, 2014

                        6-10 p.m.

 

WHERE:        Lucas Oil Stadium

                        500 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225

*A limited amount of free parking will be available in the stadium’s south lot. Fans may enter the event through the north and south gates of the stadium.

 

COST:             Free and open to the public

 

WEBSITE:      www.colts.com/kickoff


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Football in Indianapolis is among some of the nation’s best, and it comes in a football state

Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 30, 2013 – 8:12 am

As Indiana state football champions are crowned this weekend with title matches being played at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Metropolitan Conference that is comprised with a strong nucleus of schools in the Indianapolis area has come in for very high national praise.

According to the MaxPreps Computer Rankings formula, Indiana’s Metropolitan Conference ranks among the top 10 toughest high school football leagues in the nation.

The conference ranks as the ninth-toughest nationally and is among other states known for football excellence – California, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and Michigan.

A state once known for national relevance in another sport now boasts one of the best football presences in the country, and it has been a pronounced trend for about the past 15 years.

The Top 10 Toughest High School Football Leagues (according to MaxPreps):

  1. New Jersey, Big North – United League (Overall Rating: 66.4).
  2. California, Trinity League – (Overall Rating:  60.1).
  3. Ohio, Greater Catholic – South League (Overall Rating: 57.3).
  4. California – Serra League (Overall Rating: 53.4).
  5. Michigan, Catholic Central League (Overall Rating: 49.2).
  6. Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. – Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (Overall Rating: 48.9).
  7. Florida, 5A, District 2 (Overall Rating: 48.5).
  8. Kentucky, 6A District 4 (Overall Rating: 47.4).
  9. Indiana, Metropolitan Conference (Overall Rating: 46.8).
  10. Florida, 6A District 16 (Overall Rating: 46.6).

MaxPreps rated the schools in the conference:

  1. Center Grove, Rating:  63.5.
  2. Ben Davis, Rating:  58.7.
  3. Carmel, Rating:  54.4.
  4. Pike, Rating:  53.0.
  5. Warren Central, Rating:  51.4.
  6. Lawrence Central, Rating:  44.3.
  7. North Central, Rating:  33.3.
  8. Lawrence North, Rating:  15.8.

Indianapolis ranks in the nation’s top 15 most populous cities, while the state ranks 14th in population according to recent Census Bureau numbers.

Among the leagues rated higher than the Metropolitan Conference, only Kentucky has a smaller population (4,380,415) than Indiana (6,537,334).  In the top 10 in the football leagues cited, New Jersey is 11th in population, while California is first, Ohio is seventh, Michigan is eighth, Florida is fourth and the area around the Maryland/Virginia/Washington conference is among the nation’s most densely-populated areas as well.


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Five Things Learned, Colts-Tennessee

Posted by craigkelleycolts on November 15, 2013 – 10:17 am

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Intro:  Indianapolis responded to a 30-point loss five days earlier with a solid road win at Tennessee, 30-27.  The game meant separation or a much tighter divisional race as the season reaches six remaining games.  Wiping out two 14-point deficits, the Colts showed a number of big things in the win.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are 7-3 and own a three-game AFC South lead with six games to play.

Just as important is the team battled back from its worst outing – a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis five days earlier – with a spirited performance in Tennessee.

The 30-27 win came with two rebounds from 14-point deficits, and it came with a dominant offensive performance and with good defensive play, plus three Adam Vinatieri field goals.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

PERFORM AWAY FROM HOME – The Colts were 4-4 on the road last year, and it started with beating Tennessee after two lopsided losses away from Lucas Oil Stadium.  Since winning in Nashville in 2012, the Colts have gone 8-3 on the road.  It is one of the NFL’s better marks, and a team needs a strong road identity.  Indianapolis earned consecutive 20-plus-point road wins at San Francisco and Jacksonville earlier this year, the first time since 2009 the team had accomplished that feat.  This year’s 4-1 road record includes AFC South wins at Tennessee and Houston.  Nice.

30, THREE AND ZERO – The Colts have been unbeatable in games with 30 rushes, three rushing scores and no turnovers.  Since Pagano’s arrival, the Colts are 11-0 when they have attempted 30 rushes in a game, including 4-0 this year.  A ground identity was sought by Pagano and his staff entering 2013.  After a lull, it was in full force in Nashville.  The Colts ran for three scores in a second game this season (also at San Francisco), and Indianapolis has won 24 straight times when doing so.  Also, the Colts had their fourth turnover-free game of the season, beating Oakland, the 49ers and Houston in addition to Tennessee.  Since 1998, only in 2004 (five), 2008 (six) and 2010 (five) have the Colts had more in one season than four times.  Each season it did so, a playoff berth accompanied.

EXTENDING DRIVES – A week after Indianapolis had its worst offensive showing of the season with five turnovers and four empty trips to the red zone, it bounced back in grand fashion.  A huge accomplishment in the 30-27 win was having four drives with more than 10 snaps from scrimmage.  After being among the league leaders in 10-plus-play drives earlier this year, the number was waning recently with inability to convert third downs.  The Colts had 13-, 12-, 11- and 11-play drives against the Titans that produced 20-of-30 points.  (Another nine-play drive ended with a field goal.)  Each of those four double-digit play drives at least four first downs.  Well done, mates.

DIVISION RESURGENCE – Of the 20 coaches on staff, only Richard Howell was here through the dominant AFC South years when the Colts took the crown on seven occasions (2003-07, 09-10).  Only New England (nine) has more division titles since 2002 than the Colts.  Colts coaches spoke leading into the season about returning the crown to Indianapolis.  It is a football quest.  The Colts are 3-0 in the AFC South, having bested each foe in its home.  December offers rematches in Lucas Oil Stadium.  This is the sixth time the Colts have opened 3-0 in the division (2003, 2005-07, 2009), only the second time (2007) they have done it by opening at each opponent’s site.

REGAIN POISE – The Colts entered Thursday’s game as the least penalized team in the league in both yards and infractions.  A messy second-quarter defensive possession with penalties for rough play helped Tennessee re-establish a 14-point advantage.  Some teams could have lost composure and ended the evening in a tough manner.  The Colts righted themselves competitively and returned to form.  Indianapolis survived a tough moment by out-scoring Tennessee afterward, 27-10.  Sometimes in-game instances do not go as planned.  Teams with character quickly return to form.


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Year Two for Many Exciting

Posted by craigkelleycolts on August 11, 2013 – 1:10 pm

The sun is shining on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, and there is no place like an NFL stadium on game days.  Within moments of kickoff, it is an exciting time for many.

Chuck Pagano’s return to Lucas Oil Stadium is on the minds of some.  This will be his sixth game patrolling the sideline.  It is a welcome sight.

There have been past seasons when the preseason did not hold as much anticipation as this one does.

The Colts hit preseason with the bar set high and with aspirations of earning another playoff berth.

Still weeks away from league play, seeing a number of young players in action again is fun.  Andrew Luck has worked doggedly in camp (who hasn’t?), yet the second season for a starting QB is one fans are excited about.

Coby Fleener has had a great camp.  Ditto T.Y. Hilton.  Hilton had a wondrous rookie season, and he and Fleener both are poised for exciting years.

Dwayne Allen is out with a foot injury.  He is confident of a quick return.  LaVon Brazill needs good preseason work since he is out of the mix for the first four games.

Josh Chapman is getting his first action after missing last year with a knee injury.  Chapman has drawn praise from Pagano and teammates, with the coach calling him a “900-pound safe” in the middle of the line.

Vick Ballard hopes to build on a solid rookie year.  More mature physically, the second year of a running back’s career is exciting just as it is for a QB, too.

This will be the first game as a Colt for about 40 players on roster.  Seeing a free agent class in action is in order for today.  The Colts hope the influx of veterans will lead to more physical play.

The ball will be in the air in less than 30 minutes.


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Colts to Enhance Public Safety and Improve Stadium Access for Fans

Posted by coltsindianapolis on July 8, 2013 – 4:52 pm

To provide a safer environment for the public and expedite fan entry into Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts announced today an NFL policy that limits the style and size of bags that may be brought into the stadium.

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure to enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain entry into all stadiums. It was discussed with all clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

The Colts strongly encourage fans to not bring any bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
  • Colts’ season-ticket holders will be sent compliant bags in early August courtesy of the team.
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND
  • Small clutch bags or purses, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the Northwest and Southeast corners of the stadium.

Every member of a family will be able to carry in approved bags.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

For additional information, go here.

Fans will continue to be able to enjoy tailgate activities in the parking lots and to do so with greater safety and the knowledge that their entry into the stadium will be smoother.

In recent years the Colts have enhanced its already comprehensive safety plans with the additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors.

“We are proud that the Indianapolis Colts fan game day experience has been rated #1 for a second consecutive year by Stadium Journey Magazine,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “The foundation of that experience begins with public safety.  Therefore, we continue our outstanding partnership with the other 31 NFL teams, NFL security, Lucas Oil Stadium and local law enforcement by adding this league-wide policy.”

“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective.  We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.”

This public safety measure is being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not permit any bags, while TD Garden in Boston only permits clutch bags.

Working personnel, including media, will continue to enter NFL stadiums through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect at all stadiums.


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 30TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 30, 2013 – 7:12 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts luxury suites cited as Indiana lawmakers limit new CIB taxes
Indianapolis Colts’ Pat McAfee adds $5,000 to reward in Boone County hit-and-run case
Pop Your Way Into The Pacers Playoffs With Pat McAfee
Colts deal disappointing first-round pick Jerry Hughes to Buffalo for LB Kelvin Sheppard
Colts Daily Links: Analysts lukewarm on team’s draft, ‘hard to see it all falling into place’
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 9, returner Aaron Bailey
Indianapolis Colts’ best undrafted free agents: No. 10, safety Melvin Bullitt
What’s not to like about Colts’ draft class?
Colts offseason has look, feel of upgrade
In their words: Colts picks on Bo, trouble, Dungy
Colts hoping for more high marks on draft picks
NFL: North Penn’s Brandon McManus signs with Indianapolis Colts
Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts for LB Hughes
Colts deal Hughes for Kelvin Sheppard
Colts offer reward in hit-and-run search
Colts, Bills exchange linebackers
Draft review: Indianapolis Colts
Colts shuffle much maligned Hughes off to Buffalo
George Bremer: Colts’ home finale holds keys to future
Colts owner Jim Irsay, kicker Pat McAfee boost reward in hit-and-run that killed Anita Wernsing, 78

COLTS.COM
All Means Possible
Dream not denied by language barrier
Open Mini-Camp Practice at Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis Colts Acquire LB-Kelvin Sheppard in a Trade with the Buffalo Bills in Exchange for LB-Jerry Hughes
Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay and P-Pat McAfee Contribute to Reward for Arrest and Conviction of Hit-and-Run Driver in Death of Fayette, Ind. Grandmother
True to the Board

AFC SOUTH BLOG
David Caldwell ready to hire in front office
Titans host Idonije, Winston on visits
Texans just missed on Arthur Brown
Reiterating: Jaguars don’t covet Tebow
Assessing AFC South draft trades
On Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt’s fame
Jaguars’ undrafted rookies

NFL NEWS
Monday Morning Quarterback
Bills swap LBs with Colts for versatility
Noisy Courtship, Quiet Breakup
Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now
NFL warns against gay jokes, talk
Dolphins: Mike Wallace’s remarks “do not reflect the views” of the organization
Collin Klein reportedly to be Houston Texans QB
Sam Montgomery: ‘Effort was not needed’ sometimes against weaker teams
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker talks about team’s draft class
Are the Jaguars interested? ‘Plans do not include Tim Tebow’
Jaguars dismiss Terry McDonough, 2 others
Reviewing ESPN and NFL Network’s coverage
Report: Tyrann Mathieu won’t sign deal without guaranteed money

AFC TEAM NEWS
Malcolm Williams, Jeremy Ebert among five released by Patriots
Jets release Tim Tebow
Chargers check in on LT Bryant McKinnie

NFC TEAM NEWS
Eli Manning calls Ryan Nassib, welcomes Syracuse QB to NY Giants
Briggs on Collins’ coming out: ‘How about those Bulls!’
MORRISSEY: Heredity made Long easy choice for Bears


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 21ST

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 21, 2013 – 11:00 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts’ worst draft picks: No2 linebacker Trev Alberts
Lack of prime-time home games stuns Colts sponsor
Lucas Oil CEO not happy with Colts schedule
Colts QB Luck throws passes, helps Chuckstrong fundraising top $1.1 M
2013 NFL Draft: Mike Chappell’s mock draft

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Twitter Mailbag: Pre-draft edition

NFL NEWS
Tank Carradine boosts draft stock with impressive workout
Andre Johnson wants Texans to take wide receiver in draft
Browns’ Haslam denies wrongdoing won’t step down as CEO of company
Thousands pay respects to Summerall
ESPN the magazine: Hi, My name is Tyrann

AFC TEAM NEWS
Ex-Steeler James Harrison signs with Cincinnati Bengals
Long, sad Chargers draft history is Telesco’s to turn

NFC TEAM NEWS
Giants’ Cruz gets no offers during restricted free agency period
Chicago Bears: Much of what was on display in minicamp looking good


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DAILY CLIPS: APRIL 10TH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 10, 2013 – 6:10 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Indianapolis Colts’ best draft picks: No. 8, offensive left tackle Tarik Glenn
Ex-players call NFL brain-injury panel a ‘sham’
If, And, But: The Indianapolis Colts will be in the Playoffs in 2013
Colts, Indianapolis agree on stadium improvements
Indianapolis will pay for suite expansion at Colts stadium

COLTS.COM
2013 NFL Draft Preview: Offensive Tackle

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Lack of extension talk for Monroe is fine
Gruden’s review of Geno Smith
Are Schaub, zone scheme right for Texans?

NFL NEWS
Texans offered new Jaguars WR Mohamed Massaquoi a contract
Vote for Titans’ 15th season logo
Jake Locker to take part in fundraiser
Mohamed Massaquoi a wily veteran compared to other Jaguars receivers
Crowded Courtroom for NFL Lawsuit
Robert Griffin III’s jersey is top seller
Game-day experience: Aggressive drunks

AFC TEAM NEWS
Experts big on Pats’ pickup of DL Kelly
NY Jets get Laron Landry’s brother, Dawan Landry, to replace him at safety
Report: Manti Te’o to visit Chargers

NFC TEAM NEWS
Plea deal ‘in the works’ again for ex-bear Hurd


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