What better way to start the second Fan Fest of the summer than with an out of state road trip to visit Colts fans down south? After an awesome Colts Fan Fest in Greensburg, we were ready to bring the Colts fun to Louisville, Kentucky!
When we arrived at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, we were ready to setup. With this being our third event of the Summer Tour, our crew had the setup process down like pros. The inflatables were up, Colts in Motion was ready to go, and our special addition to Fan Fest in Louisville, a 35 foot zip line, was all set for some eager fans to enjoy.
Matt Overton and Adam Vinatieri arrived via helicopter, and the devoted fans who were already waiting in line greeted the players with cheers and waves. Soon after, four cheerleaders and Blue arrived. Finally, we were ready to get Fan Fest started!
Both players were looking forward to being in Louisville and meeting some Colts fans. “I’ve never been to Louisville before and I’m excited to be in a new city. It’s awesome to interact with our fans here in Kentucky,” Overton said.
“It’s fun to see the fan base we have around here and get to mingle with the people who are always supporting us,” Vinatieri added.
Loyal Colts fans Mary and Michael brought their sons Aiden and James to the Fan Fest. The family goes to every Colts event they can, and Mary told us that James, age 5, had a very special Colts memory. “On his 4th birthday, we went to training camp and he got a bunch of autographs,” Mary said. “It was the best birthday ever!” James added.
Elijah, age 9, and his brother DaQuan, age 10, were most excited about testing their football skills in the Play 60 Zone. They agreed that this was the best inflatable at Fan Fest, but when asked what the best part of the day was, DaQuan told me, “Meeting the football superstars!”
After getting autographs from players, cheerleaders, and Blue, fans had the chance to register to win Colts tickets, purchase pizza from the Papa John’s Pizza Truck and listen to the Hunter Smith Band, as the former Colts punter led the entertainment for fans once again.
“We always love the super loyal, committed fans,” Vinatieri said, and it’s no doubt there were plenty of these fans in Louisville. Vinatieri also knows a good crowd when he sees one – throughout his eight seasons with the Colts, the veteran kicker has appeared at multiple Summer Tour events, and always proves to be a favorite among the fans.
Loyal and committed fans is also something Overton knows well. “My rookie year I had a grandmother try to have me propose to her granddaughter,” Overton told me. “That’s probably the craziest thing a fan has done!”
Despite the summer heat, more than 800 fans joined us at the event. One more Fan Fest down, and one more to go! We hope to meet many more Colts fans in Fort Wayne on July 11th as we host our final event of the Summer Tour at the Three Rivers Festival, featuring players Bjoern Werner and Anthony Castonzo. Thanks for a great evening, Louisville, and here we come, Fort Wayne!
Tags: #louisville, Adam Vinatieri, Matt Overton, summer tour
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The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect and the Colts were ready to kick off the Summer Tour in Vincennes, Indiana. We packed up our trailer with plenty of exciting elements for our first stop on the tour and headed to Vincennes University on Thursday, June 5th. When we first arrived to set up, we found some dedicated fans already waiting to join in the fun and meet Darius Butler and Vick Ballard.
Those fans who got there early also were able to see Butler and Ballard’s helicopter arrival. It was both players’ first time riding in a helicopter, and they said it was a lot of fun. Both also enjoyed being able to give back to fans at the Summer Tour events.
“It’s fun to see your fans and talk to them a bit on social media, but it’s so much better getting to interact with them face-to-face,” Butler said.
By the time our players, cheerleaders and our wonderful mascot Blue had all arrived, the line of fans stretched far down the parking lot. I was able to get to meet some of the fans in Vincennes while they waited.
Sarah, along with her children McKenzie, Hunter, and Spencer, stopped by Colts Day. Sarah told us that the family makes their way to a Summer Tour event each year and also loves going to training camp in Anderson. “We love these events because to us, this is like the start of the season,” Sarah said. We couldn’t agree more!
While some fans waited to get autographs, Nathan, age 9, and Ariel, age 6, spent their time enjoying our Quarterback Challenge inflatable. As the siblings took turns tossing the football, Nathan told me Andrew Luck is his favorite player. I think it’s safe to say Luck would have been proud of Nathan and Ariel’s skills as they both made some amazing throws!
I also asked Ballard who would win if he and Butler took a turn at the Quarterback Challenge. “Oh, I’d win for sure,” Ballard said. I have a feeling Butler would say differently. Maybe the two will take a shot at it sometime!
Besides getting autographs and playing with our inflatables, fans also registered to win Colts tickets, explored Colts In Motion, and grabbed 2014 season schedule posters. “This way we will never miss a game!” Ashley, age 5, told me with a big smile after getting a poster for her family.
Fans Christina, Aaron, and Matthew had a fun evening enjoying all that Colts Day had to offer. I talked to the family right after they had met the players and cheerleaders. Matthew, age 8, told me he had tried recreating Ballard’s famous game winning touchdown two seasons ago while in his family’s living room. “It didn’t go so well though,” Christina said. “Matthew ended up breaking his arm!” Although we never like to hear about injuries, I think Matthew’s enthusiasm for the Colts is pretty cool, and we’re glad he’s ok now.
As the evening began to wind down, the helicopter came back to take the players home. We took down the inflatables, closed down Colts In Motion and loaded up the trailer. We had a great night at Vincennes University with more than 500 fans in attendance! I loved being able to meet some of the best fans in the NFL throughout this fun night.
Will we have another great turnout at our Fan Fest in Greensburg, featuring players Dwayne Allen and Jerrell Freeman? My guess is yes, but we’ll have to wait and see what this Thursday night holds! Thanks for an awesome start to our Summer Tour, Vincennes!
Tags: colts day, summer tour, vincennes
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