How Indianapolis Prepares for Game Day

It’s impossible to go anywhere in Indianapolis without seeing the Colts horseshoe. They’re everywhere: on cars, buildings, shirts, bicycles, phones, pants, houses, flags, and even on tattoos. It’s easy to say Indianapolis football fans only follow the Colts because they’ve had two great quarterbacks back to back. But with the amount of pride the city shows, even in the bad seasons, it’s safe to say Indianapolis has become a football city. And before game day, Indianapolis and Colts fans get a little crazy bleeding blue to show their Colts pride and support their favorite team.


We Believe Colts Sign on a Building in Downtown Indianapolis

It’s become an Indianapolis tradition. Blue Friday. The Friday before a Colts game, fans deck out in their best Colts gear. They get the opportunity to wear blue to work. (Because who doesn’t love to wear a jersey instead of a collared shirt?) Some kids even get to wear a jersey to school instead of their uniform. The Colts organization and sponsors hold giveaways, discounts, and special merchandise to create excited and build hype for that week’s game. All the local news stations and friends get in on the action. It’s also a helpful reminder of when exactly all those Colts games are.

Indianapolis is truly a great sports town. The fans are loyal, informed, and most importantly loud. The noise in Lucas Oil Stadium should take the credit for that last victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Right as the Jacksonville kicker was trying to make the would-be game winning goal, the fan’s noise tremendous noise threw the kicker off balance to miss the shot. Colts fans are loud and proud in the stadium and when the party before the game.

Around the city, before the games, there are great parties and tailgates. So if you’re looking for something to do before a Colts game, you’ve got some options. There are parties with the Blue Crew, tailgates in Tailgate Alley, and on Georgia Street. Of course, we recommend the Colts VIP Tailgate Party, but then, we might be bias. We have Colts cheerleaders, past NFL players, and great food at our tailgate. We think it’s pretty great. But, no matter where you celebrate the game in Indy, it’s great to see so many people come out to support the Colts and party before the game. Lucas Oil Stadium holds some awesome game day activities inside the stadium as well if you’re looking for something after you’ve already had your ticket scanned.

As far as pre-game activities go Indianapolis is a pretty great city to be in. Who knows, if you decide to attend a Colts event downtown, you may even get to see the hilarious Colts mascot Blue.

And as always, Go Colts!



How You Know You’re a Colts Fan

So, you like the Colts. You’ve been to a game or two. But how do you know if you’re a true fan? If you can check off all 25 items on this list, then you’ll know for sure, you’re a valiant Indianapolis Colts fanatic.

Colts Superfan with a Fan


  1. You can recite the Colts starting line up faster than you can remember the names of your children.
  2. You tell your spouse you lost a wedding invitation because it’s the same day as a Colts game.
  3. You’re wearing a Colts jersey in your profile picture.
  4. You think your dog is a huge Colts fan.
  5. If asked you can instantly point the way to Lucas Oil Stadium without consulting a map.
  6. If you get a paper cut, you bleed blue.
  7. You’ve gotten in a fight with one of your relatives about who’s the best quarterback in the NFL.
  8. You have the dates and times of the games memorized and can list them on command.
  9. If you turn in a circle, you see a horseshoe.
  10. You think defense, and you immediately think of Indiana basketball.
  11. The only reason you’ve heard of the Canal is because of Pat McAfee.
  12. You know all the best Colts player’s PPR’s and ADP’s without thinking too hard.
  13. You own a Colts Santa hat.
  14. You have your Manning jersey in a framed wooden box on a shelf.
  15. You’re more protective of your Andrew Luck signed football than you are of your own life.
  16. You have a special pair of socks for game day.
  17. You have a pre-game ritual that includes chants and dancing.
  18. You have this secret, special back way home that avoids all the traffic after the game.
  19. You’re still wearing your Colts Super Bowl XLI Champions hat.
  20. The background of your phone is the Colts schedule.
  21. You have a Lucas Oil Stadium popcorn bucket on top of a shelf somewhere in your house.
  22. You tried growing Andrew Luck’s beard, but you looked worse.
  23. You’ve tried to talk your SO into going up to Anderson during training camp, for vacation of course.
  24. You’ve been to a VIP Colts Tailgate party!
  25. And finally, you know you’re a Colts fan, when you find yourself sneering at any New England Patriots supporters.
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