Colts tickets have been a hot commodity in the last decade. All but one game has sold out since 1999. From 1999 to 2010, they registered double-digits wins except in 2001. Two Super Bowl seasons.
Plus, the guarantee that Peyton Manning would line up under center, as he did for 208 straight games.
In previous seasons, fans had to settle for a wait list that went as high 10,000. After a 2-14 season and Peyton Manning’s release, season tickets are available for the first time since 2003, according to a report from Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
Colts COO Pete Ward told Chappell that the team is expecting about 4,000 seats open for the 2012 season. That means few fans signed up for season and roughly 10,000 dropped. Staggering numbers.
I understand the market is soft. Just look a couple blocks northeast at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers have the fifth-best record in the NBA, third in the east, and they are second-to-last in attendance.
Is it the economy, so many options, enhanced television experience, or lack of dedicated fans?
And could blackouts come to Indianapolis or will fans get behind Andrew Luck and the team in their pursuit to “Build the Monster?”