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Colts Camp

August 12, 2011

Pepelea pleased with turnout

ANDERSON, Ind. — Thanks to constant communication from the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL lockout, city officials never had a doubt about whether or not the Colts would return to Anderson for training camp this summer.

The NFL lockout ate up 136 days, all organized team activities, minicamps, free agency signings and anything else that goes on during a normal offseason for an NFL franchise.

Even as the labor stoppage and negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement ran through the early portion of the summer, city officials had no doubt that the team would return to Anderson for a second straight summer thanks in large part to the communication between the Colts and the city.

“I knew they’d get (a new CBA) done and they’d be here this year,” Anderson City Councilman Art Pepelea said. “There was never a point where we didn’t realize or understand that they weren’t going to get it done. We started putting things in place and getting things done and thank (goodness) they got it done and they’re here.”

The news that Peyton Manning wouldn’t be practicing as he rehabs from neck surgery had some worried about how the future Hall of Famer’s absence would effect daily attendance at Anderson University. With 12 days of camp in the books and an estimated total attendance over 54,000 visitors to see the team practice, any worries have been put to rest.

“We’ve had over 54,000 people visit and that’s without The Man, Peyton Manning, being out there. That’s incredible,” Pepelea said. “I was talking with Dave Edwards about what a great thing this is for the university and the community and I’m just tickled to death.”

What’s causing the potentially fatal laugh-fest for Pepelea and other city officials isn’t just all the visitors from out of town and the boost to the local economy. It’s the publicity that goes with having one of the National Football League’s premier franchises holding training camp in town and having “Anderson, Indiana” mentioned in newspaper and magazine articles and on television reports on both the state and national level.

“How do you buy this type of advertisement for the city and the university?” Pepelea said. “My wife and I just celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary and we went to the Cayman Islands and we’re sitting there having an early lunch when a news report came on proclaiming Peyton Manning the No. 1 athlete for advertising. And there he is (on the television report) throwing a pass at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Are you kidding me?”

Last year, over 80,000 Colts fans visited Anderson pumped in over $6 million into the local economy. For a city that’s seen the demise of General Motors up close over the previous decades, the success of Colts Camp is a welcome respite from the hits Anderson has taken.

“I think this has been the best thing that’s happened in Anderson in the last 20 years,” Pepelea said. “ I can’t think of anything that has done more for our community, more for the university than the Colts coming here for training camp.

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