Colts celebrate home opener, return of Monday Night Football

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Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

By Lindy Thackston

INDIANAPOLIS – Monday Night Football is returning to Indianapolis for the first time since 2010 as the Colts host the Eagles for their 2014 home opener.

The team has several events planned for fans leading up to the game, starting with the “blueing” of the canal. It was originally scheduled for 6:30 a.m., but was delayed until about 10 a.m. because of technical difficulties.

Gov. Mike Pence and Mayor Greg Ballard have declared it “Blue Monday” throughout the state, and the team is encouraging fans across Indiana to wear blue.

Blue’s Fan Van will be making two stops to give prizes to fans showing team spirit by wearing Colts apparel. The first stop was at 8 a.m. on Monument Circle and the second stop is scheduled for noon at the Primetime Lunchtime event on Georgia Street.

The lunchtime pep rally is on the West Block of Georgia Street from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. It’s free and will feature food trucks, a performance by Colts Cheerleaders, a DJ, a visit from Monday Night Football announcers, Colts alumnus Gary Brackett, the chance to win tickets to the game and more.

The American Family Insurance Touchdown Town is also free and opens at 4:30 p.m. on South Street on the north side of Lucas Oil Stadium. Touchdown Town includes food trucks, a giant TV screen, live music, the PLAY 60 Zone for kids, a zipline and more. The first 2,000 fans to enter Touchdown Town will receive a special edition koozie featuring the name and signature of Colts QB Andrew Luck.

The game starts at 8:30 p.m.