Colts vs. Patriots game expected to inflate Indy economy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 16, 2015) - Patriots fans are already in town preparing for Sunday's match-up against the Colts. This is the first time the two teams will meet since Deflategate last season.

One group of Patriots fans flew into town from Boston this morning.

"Our flights this morning were booked full Patriots fans. Our hotel was booked with Patriots fans. We came out big and strong," Sarah White said.

Stadium Tavern, formally known as the "Patriots Bar" will likely be full of Patriots fans on Sunday. The previous owner was from New England and the bar is still known as the place to go if you're a Patriots fan. New ownership has since painted the walls blue and worked to make the bar more "Colts" friendly as well.

"It's going to be even, both Patriots and Colts fans and like I said, we welcome all," Stadium Tavern manager, Sandy Shores said.

The bar is opening at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday and will be prepared for crowds rooting for both teams.

Scotty's Brewhouse downtown is expecting a big gathering of Colts fans on Sunday. The bar usually packs large crowds for home games.

"Everybody wants this game. Especially with Deflategate going on. Everybody wants to see this game, so we're gonna be really busy," bar manager Jake Millikan said.

Visit Indy predicts the city will see an economic impact of more than one million dollars.

Chris Gahl with visit Indy said Patriots fans will help "inflate" the local economy this weekend.

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