Countdown to Kickoff Launches September 1

#ColtsKickoff - Colts, Verizon to launch 10-day countdown to kickoff

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As pre-season wraps up and the start of regular season football nears, the Indianapolis Colts are planning several events and promotions as a part of their 10-Day Countdown to Kickoff, presented by Verizon.

The Countdown begins the morning of the team's final pre-season match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 1, and will run through the team's regular season home opener on September 11 against the Detroit Lions. The Countdown to Kickoff will include the launch of the Blue Friday Blitz program, the unveiling of a new oversized Colts helmet, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Big Kickoff event with United Way of Central Indiana, and the Colts Kickoff Concert, presented by Verizon and sponsored in part by Bud Light. A special countdown clock will be featured on www.colts.com beginning September 1, and fans are encouraged to use #ColtsKickoff on social media to share their excitement for the start of football.

A limited number of single-game tickets are still available for select 2016 Indianapolis Colts home games. Tickets are available at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Thursday, September 1
  • Friday, September 2 – Friday, September 9
  • Friday, September 9
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Sunday, September 11
    • Colts vs. Lions on FOX (4:25 p.m.)

COLTSHELMET,  PRESENTED BY ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD

This season, the Indianapolis Colts are introducing the Colts Helmet, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The oversized helmet will be traveling throughout Indianapolis encouraging fans to get into the Blue Friday spirit. Fan can submit their photos with the helmet using #COLTSANTHEMSNAPSHOT for their chance to win sideline seats to a Colts home game.

This season, the Indianapolis Colts and Downtown Indy, Inc. are launching a new program designed specifically for downtown businesses to show their Colts Pride every Blue Friday. Through the Blue Friday Blitz program, several downtown restaurants and retail shops will offer special Blue Friday deals for customers each Friday of the Colts season. To see a list of participating businesses and their corresponding weekly specials, visit www.colts.com/bluefriday.


Each Friday before a Colts home game, the Colts will join with Meijer to give fans the chance to win tickets and pick up a free Colts reusable grocery tote. Fans can register to win tickets at any Central Indiana Meijer store each Friday before a Colts home game by looking for the Blue cutout at the front of the store and entering the code on the cutout atwww.colts.com/meijer.In addition, Colts Cheerleaders will be at a different Meijer store the Friday before each home game giving out free Colts reusable grocery totes to mPerks members. For more information and to see a complete schedule of Cheerleader appearances and bag give-a-way locations, visit www.colts.com/bluefriday.

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What:

Meijer Blue Friday Bag Give-A-Way

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When:

Friday, September 9, 2016

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Where:

Meijer

5349 Pike Plaza Rd

Indianapolis, IN, 46254

What: 

  • Free Colts Reusable Totes for mPerks Card Holders

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  • Autographs and photos with Colts Cheerleaders

  • Opportunity to Win Colts Tickets (all Central Indiana Meijer Locations)

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In Indianapolis, fall signals the start of both football and philanthropic seasons. To celebrate both, the Colts are once again teaming up with United Way of Central Indiana to host The Big Kickoff event on Friday, September 9, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monument Circle. At the event, United Way of Central Indiana host a community fair and recognize their outstanding volunteers.

The Big Kickoff will also feature musical entertainment by Dave and Rae, lunch from Abuelo's, opportunities to find out about volunteering at United Way and its agencies,* *limited edition Colts kickoff posters, autographs from Colts Alumni players, a visit from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, as well as a chance to win Colts tickets.

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What:

The Big Kickoff

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When:

Friday, September 9, 2016

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Where:

Monument Circle

Downtown Indianapolis

What: 

  • Live music by Dave and Rae

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  • Abuelo's $5 Boxed Lunches

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  • Community Fair featuring United Way agencies

  • Free Colts kickoff posters

  • Colts Cheerleaders and Blue

  • Colts Alumni Players

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  • Colts In Motion Traveling Museum

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  • Colts Pro Shop Mobile Trailer

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For the fourth year, the Colts are teaming up with Verizon, Bud Light, Downtown Indy, Inc. and HANK FM to host a free Kickoff Concert on the east block of Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis. This year's concert will feature Eli Young Band, along with opening act Clayton Anderson. Free tickets to this year's concert are available at www.colts.com/kickoff. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the gates. Throughout the evening, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy live music, the Bud Light Boardwalk Beer Garden, visits from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, a performance by the Cheerleaders and food from Kilroy's.

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What:

Colts Kickoff Concert, featuring Eli Young Band

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Opening Act: Clayton Anderson

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When:

Saturday, September 10, 2016

4:30-10 p.m.

East Block of Georgia Street, Downtown Indianapolis

What: 

  • Music by Eli Young Band & Clayton Anderson

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  • $2 Bud Light Colts Cans at the Bud Light Boardwalk Beer Garden

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  • Colts Cheerleaders and Blue

  • Food from Kilroy's

Tickets

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Free and open to the public, American Family Insurance Touchdown Town is a pre-game fan experience unlike any other. Located along South Street on the north side of Lucas Oil Stadium, Touchdown Town includes $3 drinks specials, food trucks, a giant TV screen, live music, the PLAY 60 Zone for kids and much more. For the team's home opener on September 11, American Family Insurance Touchdown Town will open at 1 p.m. In addition, the first 2,000 fans to enter Touchdown Town on September 11 will receive a special edition koozie featuring the name and signature of Colts QB Andrew Luck.

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What:

American Family Insurance Touchdown Town

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When:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

1-4 p.m.

South Street (north end of Lucas Oil Stadium)

What: 

  • Food Trucks

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  • $3 and $5 Drink Specials

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  • Andrew Luck Koozies for First 2,000 Fans

  • Performance by Colts Cheerleaders

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  • Live Music

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  • PLAY 60 Zone

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  • 40-Yard Dash

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Cost:

Free and open to the public

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