Colts tickets selling early, drawing high prices ahead of season

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 13, 2015) — As the Colts wrap up training camp and prepare for their first pre-season game, ticket sales are already up and prices rising.

The Colts tell CBS4 that half of the games this year are sold out and there are less than 1,000 tickets remaining for all other regular season games. Overall, ticket sales are up over last season.

Look online and you’ll see a lot of dollar signs, too. Renny Harrison, owner of Fanfare Tickets in Carmel, said season ticket holders are walking in his door every day looking to cash in.

“Even in the best years, we’ve never seen this much activity this far in advance of the season starting,” Harrison said. “A lot of people want to cash in on a good opportunity.”

There’s a lot of opportunity, too. The Colts will host Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets at Fanfare start at $105 for the Patriots and $115 for the Broncos.

“It’s really those two big games right now that we’re seeing the action,” Harrison said.

There’s also high demand for the Bears pre-season game a week from Saturday. Those prices are up to $50 and Harrison said it’s the highest prices he’s ever seen in the pre-season.

Zac Walters is one of the season ticket holders looking to sell. For the past few years, he has bought extra season tickets just to make some money and this season there is big money to be made.

“I know a lot of people that are like, well I can sell my Broncos tickets for 400 dollars a piece and that pays for my season,” Walters said. “It looks like everyone is posting them for well over face value.”

It’s not just tickets, either. Downtown businesses like Scotty’s Brewhouse are hoping they’ll benefit, too.

“People love to come downtown before the games so every home game we’re looking forward to (big business),” General Manager Chad Brown said.

So if you want to go to a game, what should you do? Don’t give up just yet, Colts officials and Harrison said. Prices to other regular season games, against lesser-hyped teams, remain relatively low.

The Colts pointed out that Monday night home opener tickets against the Jets are still available. That game also boasts Jeff Saturday’s induction into the Ring of Honor.

Harrison suggested you buy the cheaper tickets to lesser games now and consider waiting on other games to see if prices will drop or how the team does early in the season. Their performance could dictate whether prices continue to rise or start to fall.

For Patriots and Broncos tickets, though, Harrison said you should expect to pay up no matter when you buy.

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