What a difference a year makes. A season removed from a 2-14 finish, Colts season ticket renewals are back to levels on par with the Peyton Manning era.
Whether you chalk it up to (Andrew) Luck, or a (Chuck)strong coach, it’s clear the Colts reversed their fortunes in 2012.
“It was a magical season considering what we came through the year before,” said Larry Hall, Vice President of Ticket Operations for the Colts.
After finishing with just a couple of wins in 2011, the Colts started 2012 by parting ways with Peyton Manning and losing a few thousand season ticket holders. During the previous decade with Manning at quarterback, the Colts season ticket renewals always stayed well above 90 percent, but last year renewals dropped to 87 percent. Now, after that magical season, renewals have rebounded to nearly 95 percent.
“It’s a testament to our fans and how loyal they’ve been,” Hall said. “Obviously, we’re excited about what the future holds for the Colts.”
Though excitement surrounding Andrew Luck and the team’s drive to the playoffs certainly played a role, Coach Chuck Pagano’s fight against Leukemia made the bond between the organization and the fans even stronger.
“We like to think that we have a great group of guys here, a great staff, that is really a part of the fabric of the community,” Hall said. “That is something I think people endear themselves to.”
So what does it mean for fans who are still looking to buy? Hall wants to stress that’s it’s not too late to get seats.
“Right now, we’re anticipating a few thousand seats,” Hall said. “It could be as many as 5,000-6,000 tickets available to buy as season tickets.”
Last year, the team also offered single game tickets in order to achieve sell outs, but the single game tickets are not guaranteed and they may not be a good bet in light of the recent demand.
“Don’t sit back and wait because we fully anticipate high demand. We’ve had high demand,” Hall said. “We have great fans. At the same time, we want to make sure the right message is out there. Now is the time to get tickets. We do have season tickets available.”
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