Spectator Tips

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Top tips for spectators of AU Colts Training Camp

Be Prepared to Walk!
There will be no shuttle system other than a limited one for spectators with disabilities. Colts Camp staff have walked the camp compound several times and found that, on average, it takes approximately 5-10 minutes to reach the main camp venue from main parking  entrances. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes that offer good support to your feet and ankles during the day so that your Camp experience remains a pleasant one.

Limited Golf Cart Shuttle Service for mobility challenged individuals
There will be a limited golf-cart shuttle within designated handicapped parking areas to transport spectators with mobility challenges to the main camp venue. The golf-cart shuttle system will be in continuous operation during open camp hours to transport special-needs spectators and one guest to their destination on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair users will need to collapse the wheelchair and be able to transfer to a golf cart seat for transport.  Golf Cart drivers will be able to assist spectators with collapsible wheelchair/walker transport.

Shuttle stops will be located at (Main bleachers @ Macholtz Stadium, NW Corner of  Wellness Center on Colts Way, Handicapped Parking on 5th Street, and south side of University Blvd. near entrance of Colts Way).  The Shuttle area of service is bounded by, and does not cross over these areas (West of Executive Drive, South of 5th Street, and East of Graceland Ave.) or streets (Graceland, Nursery, Fifth, Executive Drive). The shuttle service does not take reservations and it offers eligible riders and one guest a ride on a first come first served basis. Please respect the shuttle service is not for anyone who just doesn’t feel like walking.  It usually takes less than five minutes for the shuttle service to arrive at the destination from the point of pick-up. The shuttle driver is not authorized to wait for a rider or arrange for an alternate pick up location.  The shuttle service is not designed to enable a rider to reliably traverse the distance between any two points within a precise amount of time. Delays may be expected during highly attended Colts practices and camp events requiring flexibility on the part of a rider.

Accessibility Information For Scheduled Practice Sessions
Colts Camp wants everyone to be able to experience the Colts practice sessions.  Practice fields have bleacher seating available for spectators.  In addition, Colt camp will feature viewing areas near the practice field and main stadium that are accessible to a spectator with mobility challenges and one guest.  For battery powered wheelchairs, a repair area will not be on-site to assist with maintenance issues. Some pathways from the parking areas to the main camp entrance may impose certain difficulties or restrictions.  Anyone with questions about accessibility for individuals or groups, please call Police/Security 641-4154.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE NEW NFL BAG POLICY before coming to camp.

No ATM Machines available at Colts City or Camp Compound.  Some vendors will accept debit/credit cards while other vendors require cash.

Children/youth under the age of 12 should remain with adult/family member at all times while visiting Colts Camp. 

Lawn chairs are permitted. Colts Camp visitors may bring lawn chairs, however, most practice areas have bleacher seating.

Prepare for all types of Weather Conditions
Keep hydrated by bringing a water bottle or purchasing drinks at concession stands.  Water fountains are located under the main stadium and near the Information Booth at the entrance to Colts Camp.

Protect yourself and family members from weather conditions.  Wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, rain ponchos, etc. are encouraged.  Wear lightweight, loose and light-colored clothing to allow maximum circulation for evaporation yet to give protection against the sun.

Parents of very young children and infants should consider weather conditions before determining to bring the very young to Colts Camp.  Excessive heat and long exposure to sun could be detrimental and even life-threatening, especially to infants.

From the Center for Disease Control: 
Who is at greatest risk for heat-related illness?   Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

Symptoms of heat-related illness:

  • Dehydration occurs when the body loses water faster than it should. During times of extreme heat or extreme exertion, be alert for signs of dehydration. Symptoms include a decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up. Young children and babies show similar symptoms if dehydrated; additionally, a dehydrated child may cry without tears and exhibit unusual drowsiness or fussiness.
  • Heat Exhaustion – irritability, confusion, irrational behavior, elevated body temperature, heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, and fainting.
  • Heat Stroke – extreme medical emergency requiring aggressive cooling measures and hospitalization – alteration of mental status,  extremely high body temperatures in excess of 106 degrees, and skin is read, feels hot to the touch and dry – no sweat, rapid strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness.

First Aid Stations
There will be three First Aid Stations around Colts Camp provided by Anderson area health care providers.

Pets are not allowed at Colts Training Camp
Service animals are allowed at Colts Training Camp.  No other pets are allowed.  If you are traveling with your pet and need to make arrangements for boarding pets while attending Colts Camp for a safe/healthy environment for your pet, contact local veterinarians.  Standard fees apply for boarding of pets.  Pets will need to have shot records.  Information Booth will also have brochures and information from local veterinarians.

Restricted areas 
During Colts Camp, there will be various restricted areas around the AU campus that will be off limits to spectators.  Other areas may be designated as restricted for short periods of time due to high volume of traffic in order to keep the public/spectators safe from harm.  Spectators are encourage to listen to security personnel for direction and requested to move from temporary restricted areas as needed.

Lost and Found
Spectators may stop by the Information Booth/Gazebo on Colts Way to inquire about lost items and to submit a report or turn in found items.  If items have been dropped from bleachers, retrieval will be done once a day after the practice sessions.  Spectators should come to the Information Booth to complete a form to request a search for a lost item with description and contact information.  AU Physical Plant Department is responsible for retrieval of items in restricted and inaccessible areas.  AU Human Resources will notify camp visitors if items are found.

Bicycles are not allowed at Colts Training Camp
No bicycles will be allowed in the AU Colts Training Camp.  Bicycle racks will be available along University Blvd.