Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted this morning that Saturday’s playoff game against Kansas City is sold out and will be shown on local television. The game is set to kick off at 4:35 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and be shown on NBC.
Needing to unload about 3,000 remaining tickets after the NFL’s original Wednesday deadline, Meijer stepped up and bought 1,200 tickets for the game, which will be given out to local military families. Irsay tweeted: “Meijer’s a superstar in our community. Bought 1,200 tix and giving to local military families. Game on WTHR. BLUE OUT, not black out.”
NFL rules require teams to sell out games at least 72 hours prior to kickoff for the game to be shown on local television (defined as markets within 75 miles).
“Meijer understands just how important it is to support the communities where our customers and team members work and live, and are pleased to offer these playoff tickets to local military families as a way of thanking them for all they do,” Meijer co-chairman Doug Meijer said in a press release.
Meijer distributed the tickets to the Indiana National Guard, Indiana Blue Star Salute, Survivor Outreach Services and Wish for Our Heroes.
The Colts have now sold out 104 straight games, including the playoffs. The team has not hosted a playoff game since 2010.
Similar issues were being experienced in Cincinnati and Green Bay, where weather was likely in play for both teams not selling out its tickets for home games this weekend. It’s expected to be near zero degrees at kick-off in Lambeau when the Packers host the San Francisco 49ers and in the teens in Cincinnati for the Bengals-San Diego Chargers game, both taking place Sunday.
Both teams were able to find corporate sponsors to take up an allotment of tickets, with Associated Bank in Green Bay and Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati taking seats to donate to military families and veterans