INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts are still looking for their first win of the season and season ticket holders are finding that when the team loses, they lose, too.
Winning is what cures ticket prices and ticket sales. Colts fans, with some exceptions, have traditionally jumped off the bandwagon when the team is losing.
This season has come down to simple economics - supply and demand. Circle City Tickets has tickets, they even have tickets left over from Sunday's game against Kansas City.
"We are paying less than face. I mean, that is where the market is. The value on the seat is not there anymore," said Angelo Peduto, Circle City Tickets.
The only time fans have lined up in droves to buy tickets after or during a losing season was when the Colts first came to town in the early 1980s. Season tickets were awarded by a lottery system. One of the winners in the early years was Rich Dayment.
"Have been since 1983," he said.
Through the years, Dayment has ben one of the faithful. He endured the losing seasons in the 80s one after another, buying tickets every year.
"[In] '87, we went to the playoff game in Cleveland, which was the highlight of the 80s with Dickerson, Trudeau and those guys," he said.
Back then, tickets could be bought at the box office with a handful of one dollar bills and lines at the ticket office weren't very long. Colts fans really dropped off the bandwagon in the mid-90s. Players made a very public plea to fans to go out and buy tickets and the fans responded with their cash.
Fortunes changed when the Peyton Manning era started in 1998. Ticket prices and attendance increased and continued until recently.
"You still have the die-hard fans who want to go and see games, but they are in your season ticket base," said Dayment.
But if you have not been able to see a Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium, now is your time to go.
"The demand is down, our prices are down. It is a lot more economical," said Peduto.
The Colts next home game is not until November 6. Monday night, there were more than 3,000 tickets for sale online, with prices as low as $24.
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