Our second Colts Fan Fest last Thursday in Louisville was crazy to say the least. A tire problem, a long delay and quick-changing weather lead us to a long line of fans waiting with a beautiful view of Louisville’s skyscrapers along the Ohio River in the background. It was a hot afternoon, but the refreshing breeze and The Hunter Smith Band’s country music made the 90 degree weather bearable.
Kentucky’s Classic Hits Station 97.9 FM was with us playing “Funky Town” from their tie-dyed VW van, as well as our local affiliate ESPN 680. Winners Choice Sports was also there providing fans nationwide with live streaming coverage of the event. This has been archived for fans to see if they were caught on camera at www.ihigh.com/wcs.
Fans gathered and cheered as the red helicopter carrying Colts players Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen arrived next to the Ohio River. Tiny, our 30-foot inflatable football player, welcomed them, while Blue, our mascot, gave them each a special handshake.
Meeting the fans is very special to the Colts players. Fleener enjoys giving back to the fans by visiting with them at fun events like Thursday’s Fan Fest. “[The fans] support us. Ultimately, we play for them. Without them, we wouldn’t have a team or the Colts organization,” said Fleener.
Colts players also enjoy signing autographs and taking pictures. Dwayne Allen loves signing autographs for fans, but he has gotten some crazy requests in the past. “In college, I signed a couple of babies. I didn’t feel comfortable doing it, but they really wanted me to,” Allen said.
I talked to Patrick, 21, from New Albany, Ind. while he was waiting in line with one of his friends and his little brother. He contemplated bringing his dog’s collar for Allen and Fleener to sign, but rethought that idea because their autographs are too special to be slobbered on.
Like many other fans, Patrick is looking forward to the Colts first preseason game August 11. He usually watches the game at the local Buffalo Wild Wings, but sometimes he prefers listening to the game on the radio. “I’m the kind of fan who yells during the game. I try to get the refs to hear me when they mess up,” he joked.
All of our fans had a great time walking around Waterfront Park wearing their new COLTSTRONG bracelets, carrying their Colts schedule posters and testing out their football skills at the Field Goal and Quarterback Challenge stations. We loved meeting all of our dedicated Colts fans in Louisville and look forward to doing this all again for our fans in Northern Indiana in a few weeks. We’ll see you July 12, Ft. Wayne!
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