Colts On Track To Break Home Attendance Records In '13 With Expanded Seating Options
The Colts could break their "single-game and even season attendance mark" at Lucas Oil Stadium this season, as expectations for the team under coach Chuck Pagano and QB Andrew Luck "are sky high," according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Colts averaged 65,189 fans per game last year, and after selling "standing room only seats and putting people in portable seating, Lucas Oil Stadium was filled to 103.5 percent of capacity." Colts COO Pete Ward said the team’s regular-season home games this year are "basically sold out." Schoettle wrote the Colts are in a "much better position than they were a year ago, when they still had 1,600 tickets to sell for the regular-season home opener just a month before the season." But Ward said, "There are actually some good seats left." Schoettle noted the Colts are "prepared to erect 3,000 or so temporary, folding chairs to accommodate rising demand for tickets." The current home attendance record of 67,650 was set during the '10 AFC Championship game against the Jets. The Colts' single-season attendance mark was "set during the 2010 season, when 535,802 packed" Lucas Oil Stadium (IBJ.com, 8/7).