‘We missed you last year’: Fans welcomed back at Colts training camp as full schedule is released

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will welcome fans to Westfield’s Grand Park Sports Campus for the team’s 2021 Colts Training Camp. It’s the third time the facility will host the camp since 2018.

Roger VanDerSnick, chief sales and marketing officer for the Colts said, “It really is remarkable to be sitting here and actually contemplating a pretty traditional, more normal training camp as we’ve stepped our way through this calendar year.”

“We all hope and pray that the pandemic is moving in the right direction, but the health and safety of our fans, players, coaches and attendees are still our top priority,” said Steve Campbell, vice president of communications for the Colts.

Last year’s camp was held at Colts headquarters at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis due to COVID-19 protocols.

“Obviously last year, we had to have camp at the complex and while that is okay probably for the football side, it doesn’t allow us to really engage with the tens of thousands of fans that will be up here,” said VanDerSnick.

“There will be not very many restrictions when we come back up here, but there will be a couple of things,” he said.

Colts officials say while the camp will be fully open for fans, there will not be any fan interaction like photographs with players and coaches.

Veteran players return on July 27 with training camp kicking off on July 28. Fan experience Colts City will also begin on the 28th.

Masks are recommended at the camp and Colts City but will be optional. A special section of the grandstand will be masks only. There will also be a vaccination clinic (in association with the Hamilton County Health Department and Indiana University Health) on site every day of the training camp.

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook says the city is ready to welcome the Colts.

“We are very much looking forward to getting back to business with the Colts. We missed you last year.”

Cook said they have made ‘a lot of improvements’ and look forward to welcoming fans and hundreds of volunteers back to Grand Park.

“We have endeavored with the Colts to make this the premiere, preseason camp in all of the National Football League,” said Cook, “from what I hear from the Colts, we’re well on our way to doing just that.”

Cook said the Colts training camp is a huge part of their overall program at Grand Park.

“Outside of paying for the debt, which Grand Park is just about ready to completely cover those debt payments, this park — it makes money every year and the Colts are a part of that.”

He added, “We have nearly over 2 million visits to Grand Park every year and of course the revenue I’m talking about is just what’s generated from field use, etc., food. That doesn’t address the millions and millions of dollars that are spent in our community on hotels, restaurants and entertainment.”

Cook said the city is ready for fans and looks forward to seeing them back again on July 28.

What You Need to Know

While masks are optional, one thing fans must bring is a clear bag that is compliant with the NFL’s clear bag policy.

Camp is free but you must secure a ticket for the date you intend to go. Colts officials recommend to sign up for a ticket as soon as possible for more popular days like the joint practices on August 12 and August 13 with the Carolina Panthers.

“We anticipate those being highly attended. We encourage fans to claim tickets for those practices as soon as you can,” said VanDerSnick.

You can get tickets here.

You can find more information about the camp’s COVID protocol here.

Training Camp Schedule

The camp runs from Wednesday, July 28 to Tuesday, August 24. A schedule is featured below along with a list of the themed days.

Courtesy of Indianapolis Colts
  • Camp Kickoff – Wednesday, July 28
  • Youth Sports Day – Thursday, July 29
  • “Out Of Office” Day – Friday, July 30
  • Kid’s Day, presented by Riley Children’s Health and “Back Together Saturday” – Saturday, July 31
  • Back to School Day – Monday, August 2
  • Sunrise Fitness Day, presented by Planet Fitness – Tuesday, August 3
  • Colts Community Day – Wednesday, August 4
  • Hall of Fame Day, powered by Kerauno – Saturday, August 7
  • Bike to Camp Day, presented by Meijer – Sunday, August 8
  • Armed Forces Day – Wednesday, August 11
  • “Thirsty Thursday,” presented by Bud Light – Thursday, August 12
  • Fan Appreciation Day, presented by CenterPoint Energy – Friday, August 13
  • Frontline Worker Appreciation Day – Tuesday, August 17
  • Grandparents Day – Wednesday, August 18
  • “Mom & Tots Day Out” – Thursday, August 19

On Tuesday, the Colts also announced that the team has been approved to host full capacity games at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2021 season. You can read more about that announcement by clicking here.

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