Indianapolis Colts celebrate ‘Countdown to Kickoff’ with giveaways, free events

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 1, 2015) — While the preseason wraps up Thursday with the Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Thursday, 7 p.m., FOX59), the Colts will celebrate the return of NFL football with a 10-day “Countdown to Kickoff” event beginning this week.

The countdown includes social media contests, a countdown clock and other events. The promotion begins Thursday, Sept. 3, and will run through Sunday, Sept. 13, when the Colts travel to Buffalo to play the Bills in their season opener. The team also plans a series of events leading up to the Colts’ first home game of the year on Sept. 21 against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.

Here’s a look at the full slate of promotions:

BLUE’S SELFIE QUEST (SEPTEMBER 3-SEPTEMBER 12)

The Colts Mascot, Blue, is sending Colts Nation on a selfie scavenger hunt for the chance to win tickets and more! Follow @colts and @blue on Twitter during the Countdown to Kickoff September 3-September 12 for a daily selfie challenge. The first 10 fans to complete all of the selfie challenges and find Blue on September 12 at 1 p.m. will win a ticket prize package that includes 2 tickets to the Colts Monday Night Football home opener on September 21, a $50 Colts Grille Gift Card and BOSE headphones from Verizon. Blue’s location will be announced the morning of September 12 via @colts and @blue on Twitter.

BACK TO FOOTBALL FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 10 & 11)

On Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11, fans are invited to join the NFL as they attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of fans wearing their team gear. Wear your Colts gear on September 10 and 11, and share photos on Twitter and Instagram using #NFLFanRecord.

COLTS KICKOFF CONCERT, PRESENTED BY VERIZON (SEPTEMBER 11)

Two days before the Colts start the regular season, they are teaming up with Verizon, Downtown Indy and 1070/107.5 The Fan to host their third annual Kickoff Concert featuring Horse Feathers, Georgia Satellites and Clayton Anderson. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held on the west block of Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. Throughout the evening, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy live music, the Bud Light Boardwalk Beer Garden, visits from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, a performance by the Cheerleaders and Jr. Cheerleaders and food from Colts Grille.

What: Colts Kickoff Concert, featuring Horse Feathers and Georgia Satellites
Opening Act: Clayton Anderson

When:

Friday, September 11, 2015
6-10 p.m.
Downtown Indianapolis

What:

  • Music by Horse Feathers, Georgia Satellites & Clayton Anderson
  • $3 Beer at the Bud Light Boardwalk Beer Garden
  • Food from Colts Grille
  • Colts Cheerleaders and Blue
  • Colts In Motion Traveling Museum

Cost:

Free and open to the public

THE BIG KICKOFF, with United Way of Central Indiana (SEPTEMBER 18)

In Indianapolis, fall signals the start of both football and philanthropic seasons. To celebrate both, the Colts are once again teaming up with United Way of Central Indiana to host The Big Kickoff event on Friday, September 18, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monument Circle. At the event, United Way of Central Indiana host a community fair and recognize their outstanding volunteers.

The Big Kickoff will also feature musical entertainment by Dave and Rae, lunch from Abuelo’s, opportunities to find out about volunteering at United Way and its agencies, limited edition Colts kickoff posters, autographs from Colts Alumni players, a visit from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, as well as a chance to win Colts tickets. The 2015 Big Kickoff is also a part of Downtown Indy’s Workforce Week festivities.

When:

Friday, September 18, 2015
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:

Monument Circle
Downtown Indianapolis

What:

  • Live music by Dave and Rae
  • Abuelo’s $5 Boxed Lunches
  • Community Fair featuring United Way agencies
  • Free Colts kickoff posters
  • Colts Cheerleaders and Blue
  • Colts Alumni Players
  • Colts In Motion Traveling Museum
  • Colts Pro Shop Mobile Trailer

MEIJER BLUE FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 18)

Each Friday throughout the 2015 season, the Colts will host a Meijer Blue Friday event, Blue Friday Celebration, Blue Friday Office Party or a Fan Appreciation Day. These events will be held at various sponsor locations in the Central Indiana area. At these events, Colts fans are encouraged to show their spirit by wearing blue and participating in activities to fire up for the following Colts game. Additional details are available on www.colts.com/bluefriday.

What:

Meijer Blue Friday

When:

Friday, September 18, 2015
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where:

Meijer
8375 E 96th St
Indianapolis, IN 46256

What:

  • Spin-to-Win Colts vs Jets Tickets
  • Colts Cheerleaders
  • Free Colts kickoff posters
  • Register to Win Colts Autographed Items
  • Hank FM

PRIMETIME LUNCHTIME: BEATS, EATS & CLEATS ON GEORGIA STREET (SEPTEMBER 21)

On Monday, September 21, Monday Night Football on ESPN will return to Indianapolis as the Colts host their regular season home opener against the New York Jets. To welcome back Monday Night Football and celebrate the home opener, the team is partnering with 1070/107.5 The Fan to host a special lunchtime pep rally on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. The event – Primetime Lunchtime – is free and open to the public and will feature a free pizza slice for the first 500 fans from Papa John’s, a performance by Colts Cheerleaders, a DJ, a visit from Monday Night Football announcers John Gruden and Mike Tirico, the chance to win tickets to the game and more.

What:

Primetime Lunchtime: Beat, Eats & Cleats on Georgia Street

When:

Monday, September 21, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
West Block of Georgia Street, Downtown Indianapolis

What:

  • Free pizza slices for first 500 fans, compliments of Papa John’s
  • Pep Rally featuring ESPN announcers John Gruden and Mike Tirico
  • Register to Win Colts Tickets
  • Performance by Colts Cheerleaders
  • DJ

AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE TOUCHDOWN TOWN (SEPTEMBER 21)

Free and open to the public, American Family Insurance Touchdown Town is a pre-game fan experience unlike any other. Located along South Street on the north side of Lucas Oil Stadium, Touchdown Town includes $3 drinks specials, food trucks, a giant TV screen, live music, the PLAY 60 Zone for kids and much more. In honor of the team’s Monday Night Home Opener, American Family Insurance Touchdown Town will open an hour early on September 21. In addition, the first 2,000 fans to enter Touchdown Town will receive a special edition koozie featuring the name and signature of Colts Alumnus and Ring of Honor Inductee Jeff Saturday.

What:

American Family Insurance Touchdown Town

When:

Monday, September 21, 2015
4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
South Street (north end of Lucas Oil Stadium)

What:

  • Food Trucks
  • $3 and $5 Drink Specials
  • Jeff Saturday Koozies for First 2,000 Fans
  • Performance by Colts Cheerleaders
  • Live Music
  • PLAY 60 Zone
  • 40-Yard Dash