It was never really in doubt, but the Indianapolis Colts today officially announced that they will be heading back to Anderson University for training camp this year.
It will be the seventh straight year in which the Colts will hold camp at Anderson. The team returned to the University in 2010 after spending the majority of the Peyton Manning era (1999-2009) at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute. The Colts held camp at Anderson when they first arrived in Indianapolis in 1984 through Manning's rookie year in 1998, spending the first 15 years of their time in Indy at Anderson.
Several NFL teams have been electing to hold training camp at their own team facilities, but the Colts continue to opt to get away for a few weeks during the summer, heading roughly an hour north to Anderson University. Holding camp there also gives fans the opportunity to come out and watch the Colts practice, and they always tend to draw a decent-sized crowd. Just like the past several years, Stampede Blue will once again be on hand for the entirety of camp this year at Anderson.
The exact dates and times for training camp have yet to be announced, as those will likely come early in the summer. The Colts will be able to start camp earlier than most NFL teams, however, as they will be playing in the Hall of Fame game on August 9 against the Green Bay Packers, meaning Indy will participate in five preseason games. The CBA permits teams to begin camp up to 15 days before their first preseason game, which puts the Colts' expected camp start date around July 23.