The Indianapolis Colts recently signed a five-year training camp commitment with Anderson University. The commitment means that that Colts will conduct their summer training camp on the university campus through 2016.
“We are very pleased that a commitment is in place for Colts camp at Anderson University in future years.” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “The training camp offers an exciting experience that brings thousands of fans close up to these great players and coaches. A remarkable part of the story is the strong support we continue to receive from our community to improve our facilities and to make it possible for our students and programs to benefit from our commitments to the Colts.”
“The Indianapolis Colts organization is excited about agreeing to a commitment with Anderson University that extends its training camp commitment,” said Colts Vice President and General Manager Chris Polian. “With this extension, the University has agreed to continue to upgrade its facilities so we can prepare for the rigorous NFL season. The city of Anderson allows us to train in close proximity to our home base so fans from Indianapolis and surrounding areas can enjoy seeing the team prepare.”
The Indianapolis Colts returned to their summer home of 15 years when they opened the 2010 training camp at Anderson University. The 2010 camp at Anderson University drew approximately 85,000 visitors during the 18-day period. 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.
“Hosting the Colts and their fans in Anderson is invaluable to the community, said Mayor Kris Okomon, mayor of the City of Anderson. “The continued relationship between the city, Anderson University, and the Colts is strong and each partner offers the other new opportunities respectively. We are elated to make this the second home of the Colts.”
The 2011 training camp concludes on Aug. 18. The Colts then establish operations at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center back in Indianapolis.
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.