Busy weekend downtown ahead of Colts Sunday home opener

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sunday is the Indianapolis Colts home opener against the Detroit Lions with kickoff at 4:25 p.m. FOX59 will broadcast the game.

Because of that, it’s the first Blue Friday of the regular season!

The annual Blueing of the Canal was Friday morning. Colts Owner Kalen Jackson, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Colts Mascot Blue kicked off the festivities.

“We’re turning the canal blue this morning, getting the city ready, giving them a nice visual to remind them that Colts football is back and we are excited for the season,” said Stephanie Pemberton with the Indianapolis Colts.

Also Friday, the new Blue Friday Blitz launches. Every blue Friday, fans will see downtown businesses showing their Colts pride with special deals.

Returning this year is The Big Kickoff, teaming the Colts with the United Way of Central Indiana. Fans can check out what’s new with both the team and philanthropy Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Emmis lobby on Monument Circle. Cheerleaders and Blue will be there, along with United Way representatives hosting a community fair.

Also making a return this season are Meijer Blue Fridays, happening every Friday before a Colts home game. Fans who head to certain Central Indiana Meijer locations could win free tickets, meet Blue and the Colts cheerleaders.

Saturday, Sept. 10, is the free Colts kickoff concert on Georgia Street, with Indiana’s Clayton Anderson opening and the Eli Young Band headlining. Fans can enjoy live music, a beer garden, Colts cheerleaders, Blue and food! The event is from 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday, Sept. 11, is game day with Touchdown Town starting at 1 p.m. on South Street before a 4:25 p.m. kickoff against the Detroit Lions. Adults can enjoy drink specials, kids can enjoy the PLAY 60 Zone. Fans will also hear live music, watch giant TV screens, eat from food trucks and see the Colts cheerleaders perform. At Touchdown Town, the first 2,000 fans get a special edition koozie featuring Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck.

“We’ve got a lot of fun things planned for that game so fans, we’re encouraging them to get down there early be loud, bring the noise and let’s get a win and show what home field advantage is all about,” Pemberton said.

Click here for more information on any of the events leading up to the Colts home opener.