INDIANAPOLIS – Colts fan Jim Gutgsell was rummaging through papers to recycle a few weeks ago when he came across his 2013 season ticket renewal form.
Gutgsell looked over the form and decided that it was the perfect time once again to renew season tickets that he owned since the team moved to Indianapolis in 1984.
The incentive to fill out the form then was apparent.
By completing his renewal form before Feb. 14 at midnight, Gutgsell was entered into a contest where one winner would be drawn for a trip to the Colts game at San Diego this season.
When Colts Customer Relationship Representative Megan Oldham called Gutgsell to inform him about the news, the 29-year season ticket holder could not believe he would be attending his first Colts away game.
“I’m super-excited,” Gutgsell said. “I told Megan, ‘If you are pulling my leg, that’s really a nasty trick.’ ”
Gutgsell, who along with his wife, Louise, will make the 2.5 hour trip from Jasper, Ind. north this fall but instead of continuing on to Lucas Oil Stadium, the stop will be Indianapolis International Airport with the final destination southern California.
“I just want to thank Mr. Irsay for having this contest,” Gutgsell said.
While Gutgsell has seen the Colts away from Indianapolis during the 2007 Super Bowl XLI victory, five-year season ticket holder Jo Meyer has never witnessed the Colts in person with the white jerseys on.
A week after Gutgsell’s captured the first season ticket renewal prize, Meyer was hoping for the second trip.
Up for grabs was a package to see the Colts take on former interim head coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals.
Meyer was also in a bit of shock when she received the congratulatory message.
“I think if the message hadn’t been from (Customer Relationship Representative Megan Swain) then I would have been like, ‘Is this real?’ ” Meyer said.
Meyer’s husband, Dane, will accompany her to Arizona, and they are looking forward to meeting up with some friends and family in the Phoenix area before taking in their first-ever Colts away game.
“We’ve got a couple of nieces and nephews out there and two really good college friends that we are going to take the opportunity to get to visit with them,” Meyer said.
One more ticket package still remains for those who renew their 2013 season tickets by Feb. 28 at midnight.
Those season ticket holders will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Colts game with the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers. Each package includes two nights in a hotel, airline travel, ground transportation and $300.
“The purpose of this contest is to say thank you to our season ticket holders and encourage them to renew their tickets for the 2013 campaign,” Vice President of Ticker Operations/Guest Services Larry Hall said.