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The Indianapolis Colts shook up the NFL establishment when they became the first pro football team to have both cheerleaders and a marching band. Even though the Colts had a solid base of fan support, there was an immediate rush by the public to grab all of the available Indianapolis Colts tickets when the announcement of team cheerleaders was made public.
Baltimore Colts: At The Beginning
In 1946, the Miami Seahawks were an All America Football Conference team that was heading into bankruptcy. This group was bought by an investor group of Baltimore businessmen led by Bob Rodenberg. Once the franchise was moved to the city of Baltimore the team was renamed the Colts, and their uniform colors were green and silver.
A merger of the AAFC and the NFL in 1950 moved the Baltimore Colts into the National Football League. In 1950, the team posted its second consecutive 1-11 record and in 1951, the team franchise was legally dissolved. This could have been the end of the story but Baltimore refused to let their team go and the fans even supported the band that played at the Colts’ games. In 1952, the Commissioner of the NFL challenged the city of Baltimore to try to sell 15,000 Baltimore Colts tickets in 6 weeks if they wanted to be re-admitted to the pro ranks.
A Challenge is Accepted
The fans willingly embraced this opportunity and the 15,000 Baltimore Colts season tickets were sold in just over four weeks. The following year the NFL moved the Dallas Texans franchise out of the Lone Star State and gave it the east coast city of Baltimore. The city elected to keep the name of their Baltimore team intact, but they did adopt the NFL Texans’ colors, which were blue and white.
The Orioles/Colts Debacle
The football team had yet one more move in their future and this was one that is still bitter and disappointing for many fans. In the 1980s, controversy arose between the Baltimore Orioles, and the Baltimore Colts concerning the stadium that was used by both teams. The problems became so severe that the Colts owner began to investigate other stadiums in different locations. Indiana was able to strike a deal with the owner and the team was moved to the Hoosier state. 1984 was the year when the new “Indianapolis Colts” played for the first time.
The Magic of Manning
Peyton Manning became the team quarterback in 1998, and the Indianapolis team has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. In 2008, the team had a 12-4 record and earned recognition for having won 7 or more consecutive games over the past 5 years. The team once more made it to the Playoffs as a Wild Card. Indianapolis Colts tickets became one of the hottest hits on the internet as desperate fans searched for any available seat that would let them watch the action in person. The Colts failed to overcome the San Diego Chargers, but the game was one that no real fan wanted to miss.
Indianapolis Colts Have their Eyes on A New Record…An Undefeated Season
The 2009 season is setting up to be just as impressive and once more Manning will be starting quarterback for the team. Already the demand for Indianapolis Colts tickets is high as people try to land the best seats in the house. Fans know that this team is strong enough to post an unbeaten season, and they want to be there to see and feel the excitement in person.
write by Dermot