With the news that roughly 3,000 season tickets remain for the upcoming 2012 Indianapolis Colts campaign many in the national media have stated that blackouts are a risk. This is a terrible exaggeration as the risk of a blackout is pretty limited.
To avoid a blackout not all 63,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium must be filled. The NFL only requires all non-club, non-suite and non-obstructed view seats are sold. While I could not get exact numbers it appears that the Colts have roughly 10,000 seats that meet that definition. In other words, the Colts don't have to sell 63,000 although they plan to do so for each game.
Larry Hall, Vice President of Ticket Operations and Guest Services for the team spoke with us today to clarify the situation. According to Hall the team began a waiting list for tickets in 2005-06. To join the waiting list interested parties had to make a deposit. In fact Hall noted that "these people still have a deposit with us."
Hall also explained as tickets become ...