AU campus buzzing ahead of Colts' return

Wed, 2011-07-27 10:14 -- univcomm
July 27, 2011

The Indianapolis Colts’ training camp starts in less than a week, and Anderson University is busy preparing its campus for the players’ return.

AU Director of Communications Chris Williams said the university will follow the framework and model used at last year’s camp.

coltsfield“We’re not making any broad changes. Nothing major at all,” Williams said. “We’ll just make small adjustments to make it a better experience.” [Photo on left: Tyler Holloway paints lines on the practice field at Anderson University on Tuesday as AU prepares for the start of Colts training camp.]

One is the addition of first-aid tents and a list of heat-related illness symptoms on the university’s Colts camp website.

Visitors can access Colts camp via University Boulevard and Fifth Street. Admission to camp, which starts Monday and ends Aug. 18, is free. There will be a $10 charge for parking. Personal coolers, pets, alcohol and smoking are not permitted.

Spectators are told to be prepared to walk five to 10 minutes from the parking area to the practice fields. Limited shuttles will be available to accommodate visitors who have disabilities. Spectators may bring lawn chairs, however, and bleacher seating will be available.

Williams said Colts City will return to this year’s camp. In 2010, it featured inflatables, booths, giveaways, a rock climbing wall and other activities. Details about the 2011 Colts City will be published on www.colts.com when they become available, he said.

AU is encouraging people to follow training camp activities through social networking websites Twitter and Facebook, Williams said.

“When making (Twitter) posts, use the hash tag #ColtsCamp so everyone can join in,” he said. “We will constantly be making updates.”

—April Abernathy is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story republished with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 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.