Colts avoid blackout after Meijer buys 1,200 playoff tickets

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 3, 2014) – You’ll be able to watch the Colts from the comfort of your living room after all.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs is a sellout. The Colts asked the NFL for two different extensions to avoid a local TV blackout; the league granted both of those extensions.

According to Irsay, Meijer bought 1,200 tickets and will give them to area military families. The Colts said the tickets were given to the following groups:

  • Indiana National Guard
  • Indiana Blue Star Salute
  • Survivor Outreach Services
  • Wish for Our Heroes

Irsay hinted at the development earlier Friday morning:

He later tweeted the following:

“I thought what Meijer did was very very cool,” said Colts fan Kyle Clark.

“We’re very appreciative,” said Colts marketing coordinator Ashley Powell. “We’re really grateful we’re a partner with Meijer and grateful we’ll be able to showcase tomorrow’s game to the state.”

Showcasing the city is always a good thing for the folks at VisitIndy, where officials say the playoffs mean big money for local businesses.

“It is absolutely big money that we have a home Colts playoff game,” said spokesperson Morgan Greenlee. “We haven’t had a home Colts playoff since January 2011 so its due time and it’s big money pumping back into Indianapolis at a perfect time… there’s lots of sports energy in the city right now.”

Greenlee said that the city’s hotels were at only 40% of their capacity last year during the same weekend, but that officials expected that number could be doubled or more with the Colts and Pacers both hosting games this weekend.

In other Colts-related news, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard agreed to a friendly bet with Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

If the Colts win, Ballard will receive a deluxe package of Kansas City barbeque. If the Chiefs win, Ballard will send James St. Elmo’s world famous shrimp cocktail and a dozen Red Velvet Elvis cupcakes from the Flying Cupcake.