The Colts brought home the Super Bowl Championship to the City of Indianapolis for the first time as the “Indianapolis” Colts in 2006, beating Chicago in a 29-17 victory to win Super Bowl XLI. In their previous incarnation as the Baltimore Colts, they also won Super Bowl V in 1971 by defeating Dallas as well as took home NFL Championships in 1958, 1959, and 1968. Not surprisingly, Colts tickets can be hard to find unless you get them here!
The Indianapolis Colts have a long and interesting history. Although well known now as the “Indianapolis” Colts, the Colts did not always call Indiana home. The Colts became the Indianapolis Colts when owner Bob Irsay moved the team, under the cover of darkness, to Indianapolis in 1984. Prior to their move to Indianapolis, the Colts called Baltimore home from 1947 through 1984.
The move to Indianapolis followed a struggle between team owner Jim Irsay and the City of Baltimore over the team. Irsay wanted the City to invest in a new stadium; however, the city was reluctant to do so as a result of dwindling profits from the games caused by a lack of attendance. The teams’ less than stellar record at that point did not help Irsay’s plea for improved conditions. Irsay started looking for a new home for his team and eventually found one in the Midwest city of Indianapolis. Indianapolis had just completed construction of a stadium ready made for an NFL expansion team and was eager to become the home of a professional team. Irsay loaded the team up in a fleet of Mayflower trucks and moved them across the country just as a flurry of lawsuits surrounding the potential move hit the courts in Maryland.
Although the team was hardly a fledgling team at that point, they had a rough start in their new home. The addition of Payton Manning, and numerous other incredible players throughout the 1990s brought the team into championship range. By 2002, the Colts were setting NFL records.
Tony Dungy was the Colts head coach from 2002 through 2009, leading them to their 2006 Super Bowl Victory. Along with the Super Bowl win under coach Dungy, the Colts also made it to the playoffs for seven years in a row under Dungy’s leadership.
The City of Indianapolis, which serves as the state capital, has spared no expense to make the Colts feel at home. The city provided the championship team with a brand new stadium in 2008 as well as a new head coach, Jim Caldwell, in 2009. That year, Caldwell tied the rookie record for seasonal victories. The new stadium is conveniently located in Indianapolis’s vibrant downtown with restaurants, shopping, and plenty of hotels near Indianapolis Colts football games. The 63,000 seat Lucas Oil Stadium is a state of the art venue for watching the Colts in person. The combination of a winning team and a winning stadium typically mean that Indianapolis Colts tickets go quick! Get your great Indianapolis Colts football tickets here early to make sure you don’t miss any of the action!