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Colts Still Have 7,000 Tickets Available; Blackout Deadline Looming

The Indianapolis Colts still have around 7,000 tickets available for sale - for a playoff game. The blackout deadline is Thursday.

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Colts playoff tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013. A day later, they still have quite a few available.

How many? Around 7,000.

Even for the playoffs, blackout rules still apply. That means that, if the team doesn't sell those remaining tickets, the game will be blacked out locally in Indianapolis. The deadline for the game on Saturday to be blacked out is Thursday. The Colts have until then to buy the tickets and ensure that the game will be seen locally in Indy and that Lucas Oil Stadium will be filled.

I'm never going to tell anyone how they should spend their money, and I absolutely realize that NFL tickets are very expensive - especially playoff ones. I'm not trying to make light of that. But for the Colts to not be able to sell out a home playoff game? Yeah, that would look really, really, really bad.

I also understand that there are conflicts of interest on Saturday. Indiana University has a home basketball game, as do the Indiana Pacers. But this is playoff football we're talking about. The Colts sold their tickets to a week seventeen home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars - and now they have 7,000 left for a wild card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs? Really?

Now, before everyone freaks out, I expect the Colts to sell out and it to be fine. They had trouble selling out before the start of the 2012 season, too, but they did. There are still a couple of days left before the deadline on Thursday, and I fully expect the game to be sold out by then. But right now, they still have 7,000 tickets remaining, and it's beginning to look bad.

You can purchase tickets at the usual locations: online, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. And you'd better act fast, because I can't imagine those remaining tickets will last too long.

The Indianapolis Colts host the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild card round of the playoffs this Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 4:35 p.m. eastern time. The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC.

[UPDATE:] The Indianapolis Colts announced this morning that 6,000 tickets remain for the game on Saturday. That is down from 7,000 tickets still available last night.