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Colts' Monday Night Football home opener not yet sold out

August 28, 2014
KEYWORDS Sports Business

There are still a few hundred tickets left for the Indianapolis Colts' home opener Sept. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward thinks the team will have little trouble selling out the Monday night game.

“Those will go,” Ward said. “I’m very confident it will be a sellout.”

If that’s the case, it will be the team’s 97th consecutive sellout, dating back to the second week of 2003, according to team records.

And even though there are a thousand or so tickets remaining for each of the Colts other seven regular-season home games, Ward is confident those will sell out as well.

“We have a good, young, exciting team,” he said, “and interest in the team right now is very high.”

The Colts last season averaged 65,950 for its eight home games at Lucas Oil Stadium. By using folding chairs for temporary seating and selling standing-room-only tickets—mostly in the suite area, the Colts were at 105 percent of the venue’s official capacity.

The Colts have also sold out 142 suites at Lucas Oil Stadium, and Ward says there’s a waiting list for those. He calls demand for suites and tickets “healthy.”
 

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