ANDERSON, Ind. —
If nothing else, the fans appreciate the convenience of camp being in Anderson. Tad Williams of Lawrence came with his wife Lisa and their two daughters, Monica and Camryn. The Williamses, like many coming from the Indianapolis area, shot up I-69 for the easy trek to AU. The girls were excited to catch a glimpse of their favorite player, Andrew Luck, and possibly get an autograph.
Tad Williams, who used to work for the team, has been to training camps here and Terre Haute and said Anderson is definitely the preferable venue. Still, even with his familiarity with town, the family just came to get in and out of camp.
"There's just not a lot to do after this," Williams said.
Even though local businesses might not be seeing the direct benefits, fans raved about the campus and the actual training camp experience presented by the Colts.
Chris Johnson, who has also attended training camps for years at both locations, agreed that Anderson is a superior location to Terre Haute for several reasons. Johnson, who came to camp with his two sons Liam and Quentin, lives in Anderson now but has had jobs around the state and the country. He said the city seems to take much more pride in hosting the Colts than Terre Haute did and other cities that host NFL teams.
"The city really gets behind the camp and really supports the team. The campus has really improved its facilities and the city markets the team well. And the Colts do a good job here, too. The Colts City is a lot larger than it was in Terre Haute, and there's a lot more to do," Johnson said.
Several fans did acknowledge some of the economic improvements that have been made, especially along the I-69 corridor. Chris Titzer of Cincinnati came Tuesday with his sons Kevin and Matthew for his first-ever training camp experience. He's been a Colts fan since they moved to Indianapolis in 1984 and he was living in Evansville.