Colts get extension to avoid blackout

All tickets must be sold by 4:30 p.m. Friday

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Saturday night's playoffs game – but Indy viewers without tickets might also be out of luck.

The NFL has held a longstanding policy of blacking out games in local markets if seats don't sell out 72 hours before kickoff. The deadline for Saturday's game would have been 4:35 p.m. Thursday, but the NFL allowed the Colts an extension until 4:30 p.m. Friday due to the New Year's holiday.

Tim Spillman was one of a line of fans eagerly buying tickets at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office Thursday after news of the potential blackout spread.

"I wanted to be sure I could see [the game]," Spillman said. "I decided to come down today and purchase a ticket for me and my son so we could definitely see it."

Darla Werner was in line as well to buy her first playoff ticket ever.

"I don't know how to act I'm so excited," she said. "I'm so excited to be going to a playoff game. Period. End of discussion."

Larry Hall, the vice president of ticket operations for the Colts, said he was optimistic all of the remaining tickets would be sold. As of 3:30 p.m., Colts officials said they had around 3,000 tickets left to sell.

"Sales are brisk. We have some time left," he said. "We'll see how it plays out."

But not all Colts fans were willing to take their chances on a sellout.

"I'm a season ticket holder, and I didn't buy my playoff tickets," said Dennis Schenk. "The blackout did absolutely force me to get down here. I do not want to miss the game."

Tickets for Saturday's game are still available at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. You can order them by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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