Anderson University Keeps Fingers Crossed For Colts Camp
School Officials Anticipate Annual Camp
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Fans of professional football are closely watching labor negotiations between National Football League owners and players.Residents and business owners in Anderson, home of the annual Indianapolis Colts Training Camp, are watching the negotiations even more closely because they depend on the revenue the camp brings to the small town each year."Anderson has been a depressed city for several years, and it needs a real big boost," said Bud Dewitt, an Anderson business owner.In the past, the Colts provided that boost, but this year's labor lockout could block it, 6News' Chance Walser reported."This was the home of the Colts for so long, and for them not to be here is kind of heartbreaking if that happens," fan Chris King said.Anderson University hosts the camp, and administrators are starting to get worried."We're talking back and forth every day. We're busy preparing the campus and all aspects of camp, believing that they will settle and come back to Anderson," said Anderson University spokesman Tom Bruce.If a deal isn't reached soon, the chance for the camp at the university could become obsolete."By the third week of August, around the 25th, we begin to have some students arriving, but again we're just anticipating that this is going to work out," Bruce said.Anderson businesses also depend on the camp to generate revenue. In 2010, more than 80,000 fans brought in $6.5 million."The Colts are what bring life to this town, and if they didn't show up, the life of the city would basically just halfway crumble," Dewitt said.Anderson University and city officials said they are in day-to-day contact with Colts officials on the status of the lockout.