Colts Announce Preseason Schedule
The National Football League announced the full preseason and regular season schedules for teams in April, but the matchups were the only information given.
It has taken the Colts some time to get things in place, but the team announced the dates and times of these matchups last week.
The lone home preseason game of the season for the Colts will take place on August 15 against the Carolina Panthers. This game is scheduled to start a 1:00 PM ET and will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indianapolis will be on the road for the final two preseason matchups this season as the league has reduced the number of preseason games to just three. This was done in an effort to add an additional game to the regular season after it was voted on by the owners and agreed upon by the NFLPA.
On Saturday, August 21, the Colts will head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings for an 8:00 PM ET kickoff time. The preseason will wrap up on Friday, August 27, as the Colts travel to Detroit to take on the Lions for a game beginning at 7:00 PM ET.
All three of the Colts’ preseason opponents this season missed out on the playoffs in 2020, but each team has made some improvements. New quarterback Carson Wentz is not likely to see much action for the Colts, but he will be on the field at some point.
All of the preseason games can be seen on FOX 59, according to the announcement made by the team. Since the Colts are only getting one preseason game at home this season, they will get to host nine regular-season games.
Colts Planning For Packed House
At the end of May, it was announced that the Colts were just one of two teams in the NFL that had not been approved for full capacity. With the COVID-19 pandemic slowing down throughout the state and the US, it should lead to a much normal 2021 NFL season.
Several stories have been written that indicate that the Colts are on track to be approved for full capacity in 2021. A decision is expected to be made at some point in June, but the team is already selling single-game tickets for both the preseason and regular-season matchups.
This decision ultimately comes down to the local and state health officials, as the league has left the decision up to each team. COVID-19 restrictions have loosened in the state, but it did keep the Indianapolis 500 from having full attendance just last month.
Head coach Frank Reich is on the record stating that he believes fans will be able to attend training camp as well. This event is held at Grand Park Sports Complex and is usually a big draw with fans.
The Colts continue to update COVID-19 policies and protocols on the team website, and it is likely that masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated fans.
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