Hotels fill up, ticket prices increase ahead of Colts vs. Broncos

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Hotel rooms are hard to find and tickets aren’t cheap for the Sunday night primetime game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos.

According to Visit Indy, hotels are essentially sold out downtown, with a 99 percent occupancy rate. That’s unusual for a Sunday night, a traditionally difficult night for hotels to fill.

Chris Gahl with Visit Indy said there is also a convention overlapping with the big game this weekend, accounting for about 1,600 of downtown’s 7,200 hotel rooms. The other 5,600 hotel rooms are likely for fans coming to town for the game.

Sunday’s game will mark the first time Peyton Manning will play at Lucas Oil Stadium since joining the Broncos. It’s also the first primetime game in the stadium since 2011, prompting Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to declare this week “Blue Week.” Colts fans are encouraged to wear blue every day leading up to Sunday.

Manning spent 14 seasons with the Colts and team owner Jim Irsay has apparently planned some sort of tribute for the quarterback. However, he wouldn’t say specifically what that tribute will be.

Fans looking for tickets can still find some through the NFL’s official Ticket Exchange where prices ranged between $145 and $2,500 as of Tuesday morning. Locally, FanFare Tickets still has seats available ranging from $175 to $1,300, or a corner suite option that comes with a price tag of $15,000.

The Colts and Broncos kick off at 8:30 Sunday, Oct. 20.