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Colts 1,000 tickets away from selling out home opener

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The fact that the Colts sold out the meaningless preseason finale, which will feature plenty of guys who won’t have NFL jobs by Friday night, suggests that the Colts will find a way to sell out the games that count.

Still, it hasn’t happened yet.

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, roughly 1,000 tickets remain for the September 16 game against the Vikings.

“We’re optimistic they’ll be sold,’’ Colts COO Pete Ward said Tuesday.

Per Chappell, the Colts have sold out 113 of their last 114 regular-season and playoff games, with 79 in a row.  No game has been blacked out at Indianapolis since September 21, 2003, against the Jaguars.

To avoid a blackout, all non-premium seats must be sold at least 72 hours before kickoff.  Teams can purchase unsold tickets at 34 cents on the dollar, an exception that rarely gets mentioned when teams are trying to get fans to buy the seats at 100 cents on the dollar.

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21 Responses to “Colts 1,000 tickets away from selling out home opener”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Aug 28, 2012 7:42 PM

    makes me sick they have a small stadium. people give bills fans crap for not selling out games in december when our team is out of contention every year but to not sell out game 1 with your new franchise qb. what a joke

  2. bordner says: Aug 28, 2012 7:48 PM

    Two teams that are likely to be in contention for a top 3 pick in next year’s draft – who wouldn’t pay to see that game?

  3. justintuckrule says: Aug 28, 2012 7:54 PM

    MF – How do you not give us a sentence on why they couldn’t sell out the 2003 Jags game? It was prime Peyton Manning and the Colts were in the middle of running the most wins in a 10 yr period. Was it Week 17 when they announced 2 weeks before that they’d rest their starters? Was there bird flu scare that week or something? You got me curious.

  4. ddogdaddy says: Aug 28, 2012 7:56 PM

    Hey maybe we can get some fans from “up Nort” to come in to help us sell out the game. After all, you know what they say about bus loads of Minnesotans leaving the state. A good first step. I’ll be here all week. Go Blue.

  5. afty2001 says: Aug 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    I’m sure I’ll get thumbs down, but as a die-hard Colts fan it’s a really good feeling knowing that we are going to have almost 30 consecutive years of stellar Quarterback play.

    Funny how the first comment on this article is someone whining about the poor Bills.

    It will get sold out take it to the Bank. GO COLTS!

  6. jimcaldwellsucks says: Aug 28, 2012 8:12 PM

    Manning didn’t get 15 years in Indy what makes you think Andi will?

  7. ddogdaddy says: Aug 28, 2012 8:18 PM

    1. Yes we have a small stadium ( that just put on one of the greatest Super Bowl’s of all time).
    2. The game has not YET sold out ( it will as we have great fan base. So don’t get all twisted just yet).
    3. Who knew there were any Bill’s fans left since their tragic Super Bowl (loss’s) years. Congrats.

  8. carnival88 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    Fitzmagic…

    I live here and love the Bills, but we really do ourselves a disservice by complaining all the time. It always makes me cringe to read how pathetic people make us look on here.

    To my knowledge, the team has a NIGHT GAME IN NOVEMBER THAT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO SELLING OUT…. not to mention another 3 in december that wont come close.

    So, please…we’re the last ones to be throwing stones at people when we cannot even accomplish that.

    The Colts did finish with the worst record in football last year and lost their franchise QB, no surprise that there is angst amongst the fan base. In all honesty, to only have 1k left is rather impressive.

    Seriously, how many tickets were sold after that 4-12 campaign a few years ago?

    The sad truth about Buffalo is that the fans love the warm games and despise the cold ones. Thats why those later games never sell and the team ends up offering tickets for like $15 a piece. So please, enough with the poor Bills talk already.

  9. billsboy88 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:37 PM

    He’s not whining, he’s right. Anytime pft posts a story about a buffalo black out, the comment section is full of know-nothing arm-chair fans that spout crap about the bills moving to Toronto or LA, neither of which is gonna happen. It gets really annoying.
    Home openers tend to sell out in a flash, so it’s pretty amazing the colts aren’t sold out yet

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 28, 2012 8:49 PM

    YOU HAVE ANDREW FREAKING LUCK!!!!! You aren’t excited about this? I was praying, wishing, hoping the Dolphins would go 0-16 last year and end this madness once and for all, BUT NOOOOOOOO….

    You idiots get to have 13 years of Peyton Manning, one ONE down year; and 13 years of Andrew Luck. And this bores you.

    When does basketball season start? I think Udonis needs to teach all of you a lesson…

    Again.

  11. txbossman says: Aug 28, 2012 8:52 PM

    You have to understand that a very large portion of Colt’s fans weren’t Colt’s fans.

    They were Peyton Manning fans.

    Indy is not a very good football town. Never has been, never will be.

  12. notmanning says: Aug 28, 2012 9:16 PM

    Ralph Wilson: 73,967
    Lucas Oil: 70,000

    Hmmmm….just, that teenie tiny stadium in Indy should sell out, where it is much harder to sellout the gargantuan Ralph Wilson thingy.

  13. notmanning says: Aug 28, 2012 9:23 PM

    Doh, Ralph closer to 73K, the Luke under normal conditions is 63,500, can be expanded to 70K. So, 10K difference….I guess there is more to do in Indy than in Buffalo??

  14. peytonneck18 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:32 PM

    How in the world is this game not sold out?!?

    P.S. Andrew Luck should grow the beard again. It’s awesome.

  15. carnival88 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:36 PM

    The lease is up in 2013 on an ancient, out of date stadium, and our owner is 93 years old. Add to that we have not made the playoffs in well over a decade, and do not sell out all of our games… Oh, and our city is losing more people than gaining each year.

    How are we not at risk for losing this team.

    Again, please stop with the pitty party and go buy tickets to December games if you want to keep them here.

    Having 50% of your games sold out will not cut it.

  16. fitzmagic1212 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:39 PM

    @afty2001

    the bills have already sold out the first 3 home games this year. our team hasnt been to the playoffs in 12 years whats your excuse? 1 bad season and already having a new franchise qb? give me a break

  17. udogg says: Aug 28, 2012 9:55 PM

    Mike Florio, ladies and gentlemen.

    Killing Jim Irsay every chance he gets.

  18. mann44 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:24 PM

    I’ll be coming down from up North (chicago) to see the Vikings. Indy has a great stadium and its a fun town. So you can move the ticket counter down to 999.

  19. joetoronto says: Aug 29, 2012 5:20 AM

    carnival88 says:
    Aug 28, 2012 9:36 PM
    The lease is up in 2013 on an ancient, out of date stadium, and our owner is 93 years old. Add to that we have not made the playoffs in well over a decade, and do not sell out all of our games… Oh, and our city is losing more people than gaining each year.

    How are we not at risk for losing this team.

    Again, please stop with the pitty party and go buy tickets to December games if you want to keep them here.

    Having 50% of your games sold out will not cut it.
    **************************************************
    Wow, an honest Bills fan. I’m impressed.

  20. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 29, 2012 3:02 PM

    I’m somewhat surprised that Colts fans are so excited about one player. One would think, after they had for many years the best quarterback since Dan Marino, they’d realize by now that football isn’t just about the quarterback.
    If I were a Colts fan, I think I’d be more concerned about the rest of the TEAM, one that consists of strong character, heart, good coaching and a great team chemistry, which are the main ingredients for Super Bowl success.
    You’d think that Colts fans would know by now that having a one-man team doesn’t work so well…

  21. brobokil says: Aug 29, 2012 10:31 PM

    Afty2001

    Almost 30 consecutive years? So last year counted as stellar quarterback play? Lol.

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