The Indianapolis Colts have announced the schedule for the 2012 training camp in Anderson, Ind., with players reporting on July 28, and the first practice set for July 29. There will also be some activities available for fans who make the trip up to Anderson University.
Colts training camp runs from July 29 through August 17 at the Kardatzke Wellness Center-Macholtz Stadium complex, which is located in the northeast section of campus. For the vast majority of training camp, the Colts special teams take the field for practice at 1:50 p.m. ET, and the offense and defense arrive at 2:20 p.m. ET and practice until 4:30 p.m. ET.
There are two days--August 7 and August 16--when special teams practice begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the offense and defense arrive at 7 p.m. ET and practice until 9:10 p.m. ET.
Off days are August 1, 8, and 13. Pre-game practice on August 11 is closed to the public, and the Colts have a home preseason game on August 12 against the St. Louis Rams.
Colts City, sponsored by the Indianapolis Star, will also open on July 29, and it will be located in the parking lot northwest of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. During daytime practices, it is open from 12:50 p.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET, and during evening practices, it opens at 5:30 p.m. ET and closes at 9:40 p.m. ET.
Colts City offers activities for fans of all ages that include a rock-climbing wall, Colts cheerleaders signing autographs, appearances by Blue the mascot, a traveling museum, giveaways, chances to win game tickets, a Colts Pro Shop, and more. There will also be live music preceding the evening practices.
Activities are free of charge and open to the public. The Colts do caution that Anderson University will charge a fee to park.
For day-by-day breakdowns of the training camp and Colts City schedule, click here.
I've never been to an Indianapolis Colts training camp, and I think it's high time that I earn my horseshoes by making the trip to Anderson and seeing what it's all about. It should be fun seeing Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, and the rest of the rookie class for the first time, snapping some photos, and visiting Colts City. It will provide a unique outlook on how the Colts prepare for the upcoming season.
See you there.
The author is a resident of central Indiana and a longtime fan of the Colts. He is also a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.