Home sweet home has never looked so good.
When the Colts players left training camp at Grand Park, they were welcomed back to a brand new state of the art facility at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
“The locker room is gigantic, the weight room and new training room, even the new indoor facility, they’ve spent a lot of money giving us a very nice place,” said kicker Adam Vinatieri.
“It’s awesome,” said defensive end John Simon. “I came in the day after the game and got to experience the new weight room. I was really happy about that. They did a great job with the locker room, training room, turf, fields – I’m very privileged to be here.”
Center Ryan Kelly said he didn’t hate the old locker room.
“That was the locker room that I came into, so it was like, ‘This is home,’” he said.
Still, he’s enjoying the new one. More than anything, he said it’s good to be home and back in his normal routine.
“The hardest part about training camp is you have such a short drive, you don’t get to get your mind going in the morning. Now that we’re here, I’ve got 20 minutes to really figure out my day and wake up and jump start the day.”
And brand new facilities are a nice way to start a new day and a new season.
“It feels like a new place. You know how you get a new house and you’re just excited to be there?” said quarterback Jacoby Brissett. “People want to be here and want to be around. We’ve got the necessities to keep people here.”
That was part of the plan, said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard.
“We wanted a great space that our players wanted to be, wanted to train, and a place where they know they can get to their ceilings,” he said. “I think we all were excited. It was really cool to see the expressions and just know there’s a commitment to winning.”
The new locker room makes a statement.
“Your name is literally up in lights,” said offensive lineman Denzelle Good.
“This is what you expect out of an NFL locker room,” said punter Rigoberto Sanchez.
“I love all the graphics on the walls,” said cornerback Kenny Moore.
It all sends a message.
“It’s a message that we’re committed to winning and our owner is committed to winning. And I don’t think you can ever lose sight of that,” Ballard said.
The players said they need no reminder.
“I think there’s pressure to win every single day we walk into this building,” said Vinatieri. “I don’t think it has anything to do with a nicer facility. I think it has to do with the fact that they expect us to win games and if not, they’ll try to replace us with somebody else.”
The Colts have invested in their players.
“Just a tremendous commitment by the Irsay family,” Ballard said.
The players are invested in their team.
“We’ve got to pay them back and get some wins on the column,” said Simon.
At West 56th Street, everything old is new again.
The Colts have a fresh new look.
And they’re looking to accessorize with some new hardware.
“Mr. Irsay is committed to doing whatever it takes to bring another Super Bowl back to Indianapolis,” Ballard said. “And that’s what we’re aiming to do.”