Downtown Indy businesses have "Luck" on their side

Indianapolis

Businesses in downtown Indianapolis are seeing that "lucky" blue streak in their bottom line.

The Indianapolis Colts are back to their winning ways and those victories on the field are translating into dollars at downtown restaurants and retail stores.

Even though the team still sold out games last year, some downtown retailers said they felt the effects of that poor performing season.

"People weren't coming downtown as much," said Matt Hanlon, General Manager of Collectors Den, a sports memorabilia store in Circle Center Mall.

"They (fans) were coming later to the games, they were leaving earlier, but now we see on game days people are coming back like they did in the glory Manning days."

The Colts are getting back on track and could even make the playoffs.

Businesses are hopeful more folks will spend more time and money downtown.

"One of the reasons that Lucas Oil Stadium is downtown is because it attracts all that economic value to the downtown sector, so when the team does better, people feel better about going downtown and really making a day of it," said Ken Ungar of U/S Sports Advisors.

"What we're seeing now is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, so I think now the economic bump is starting to come back."

The Colts have three home games left.

Larry Hall, Vice President of Ticket Operations for the Colts, said he is confident the teams remaining games will be sold out.

"As we look forward, we know that the fans have given us tremendous support, both for our team and our coach and his situation. We all love Chuck and I'm just excited about the future of this team," said Hall.

There are under 1,000 tickets left for the Nov. 25 game against the Bills and about 1,500 seats available for the Titans game on Dec. 9. That's about the same amoung left for the last home game of the season against the Texans on Dec. 30.

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