The Indianapolis Colts concluded training camp at Anderson University on Wednesday after twenty-five practices. Attendance for the camp, which started on August 2, was estimated over 85,000, more than triple the attendance at camp last summer.
“(It’s) a tremendous place with how giving they have been, how well-organized it’s been, the fan appreciation, (and) the connection our players made with the fans I think is something to behold. It was quite a memorable experience,” said Head Coach Jim Caldwell.
The Colts selected Anderson as their summer home in 1984, the club’s inaugural season in Indianapolis. The club trained in Anderson through the 1998 preseason. After camp, the Colts then establish operations at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center back in Indianapolis.
Speculation of a work stoppage next season may mean that the Colts don’t return to Anderson for camp in 2011. But Colts President Bill Polian said they plan to be back in 2012 and already are planning for what that training camp may look like.
“Whether it is next year or the following year, we will be at Anderson,” Polian said. “And we hope we are here for a long time to come.”
Over 200 volunteers worked camp in security, parking and various areas to help fans receive the best experience from camp while visiting campus. Fans can view photos and videos from camp at the Anderson University official social media channels Blue at AU, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
"The Colts' return to Anderson University for their pre-season camp was an enormous success in every way,” said AU President Dr. James L. Edwards. “We were pleased with Colts comments that our facilities and our great people provided a great setting that exceeded their expectations. It was our pleasure to share our beautiful campus and athletic facilities with more than 85,000 fans. Our staff and campus volunteers gave warm hospitality and excellent service that in another hallmark of a great university. The attention of a regional and national press was also of great benefit to the university and especially to our athletic programs. We are pleased once again to be partners with our community for the benefit of this premier NFL franchise."
Fans are encouraged to contact the Anderson University Human Resources office if while visiting camp an item was lost. Call (765) 641-4132 for information.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.