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Seeing live football action can be the highlight of any sport fan’s year. Being in the stadium, roaring with the crowd and enjoying time with family and friends is a meaningful experience. It is especially meaningful for families at the Ronald McDonald House who are facing troubling times as their child or young loved one faces a tough illness. Going to a football game gives them time to rest from stresses at the hospital and enjoy some recreation.
Circle City Tickets and other National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) members have teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the past three years and have donated 32 tickets for each preseason NFL game. The program is called “32 for 32” and got its name because of the 32 NFL markets. Each NATB member like Circle City Tickets donates 32 tickets per preseason game as well as serves 32 volunteer hours in their NFL market.
Last weekend here in Indianapolis Circle City Tickets actually gave out 67 tickets for families staying at the Ronald McDonald house got to enjoy the Colts preseason opener against the Rams. They got to see Luck in his first game at Lucas Oil as well as see the Colts come out on top.
The next preseason game families’ rom the Ronald McDonald House will be able to attend is on August 30 against the Bengals.
We will see if the Indiana Fever are rusty on Thursday when they play host to Washington. Why would they be rusty? Because they haven’t played a game since July 12, just about a month! Every Olympic year the WNBA takes a month or so off so their players can play in the Olympics. During this time most players just have to do individual workouts or practice with the team, unless you are one of the 12 players chosen to play with the USA team.
Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings is one of those 12. Tamika has been on the Fever for 10 seasons now, and has been something special for this Indiana team. She is a 7-time All-star, 4-time defensive player of the year, WNBA MVP, and has been named as one of the best 15 players ever in the WNBA as of 2011. She is also a 2-time gold medalist with the USA team in 2004 and 2008 and she hopes to make it a trifecta this year in London.
The Fever as a team are 10-7 after the break which is 2nd in the Eastern Conference but only went 3-3 in their last 6 games. The Fever are hoping the break gives them a chance to regroup as a team with 17 games left to go. Catchings will need to come back and be a huge leader for this team again following the Olympics and hopefully she won’t wear herself down towards the end of the season because of it. The Fever have been a contender in the WNBA for years and this year when Catchings and the Fever return to action, they look to push even further.
The last four to five years have been a roller coaster ride for the Colts. They’ve had the good (making the Super Bowl in 2009), the bad (going 2-14 in 2011), and the Lucky (drafting Andrew Luck, the former Stanford Cardinal). Peyton Manning has been the face (heart, soul, and basically whole body) of the Colts franchise since he was drafted in 1998, leading the Colts to a 2006 World Championship. He wasn’t only the leader of the Colts, he WAS the Colts. Now not only is he gone, but no longer will we see Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, and Gary Brackett in a Colts uniform. Furthermore, with a new quarterback, coach, and philosophy, many people don’t know what to expect this season. The preseason will be great for the Colts because everyone can see what kind of team they will shape up to be. The preseason starts this Sunday, so let’s take a look at their schedule:
Home vs. St. Louis Rams: This is the first chance for fans to see Luck in real game action and he will be going up against another former #1 pick, Sam Bradford. The Colts have never been very good in the preseason while Manning led the team, but this game will set the tone for their upcoming season and I think it’s important for Luck to have a good game and build some confidence. Want tickets? CLICK HERE.
Away vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: If Andrew Luck is going to have nightmares about a preseason game this would be the one. For as long as most can remember the Steelers have been known to attack on defense. Luck may be in for a long game.
Away vs. Washington Redskins: The third preseason game is usually when the starters play the most. Andrew will have to prove he can stand in the pocket for more than a quarter or so as the preseason winds down.
Home vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Hopefully Luck took notes during last year’s NFL season because the Bengal’s Andy Dalton pretty much wrote the book on what to do as a rookie quarterback in the NFL. He was fantastic and now Luck will have to out duel him in the last tune up before the regular season. Want tickets? CLICK HERE.
The Colts have plenty of room to grow, but the fans that go along for the ride will be glad they did. If you want to experience these moments, Circle City Tickets can get you to any Colts home game. The Colts are going to have Luck this season, and sometimes it’s better to be Luck-y than good.
Train is a rare music group. They have been around long enough that my parents have liked their music, but they are still relevant and exciting and a lot of my generation loves them too. That is a huge accomplishment for any band, however it can pose a big challenge for Train while preforming concerts like the one I went to at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on last Saturday. When playing a concert, they have to find the perfect balance of older and newer songs so no Train fan feels excluded. I’m sure they have taken a lot of time to work on the balance, but they did it perfectly.
Matt Kearney and Andy Grammer both opened for the concert and when Train did finally come out at about 9:00, the building was electric. They started off with mostly older songs that I didn’t really know including a mashup of a few different songs. Towards the middle of the performance it really picked up and they started playing those songs everyone’s heard on the radio for the last couple years.
Everyone had a great time! My group and I were sitting in the second level of the Fieldhouse, but in the first row. It was great because we could stand and sing, but we could also sit down to take a break and still see the concert. The only con for me was that I think I ate too much junk food, and it probably would have been worse if the concert was at the fairgrounds. Dodged a bullet there but if you do go to the fair, watch out for that.
However, our favorite part of the concert, and we all agreed, was how the lead singer of Train, Patrick Monahan, involved and used the audience. Once he took the camera from the camera guy and filmed the audience as we sang a part of “Save Me San Francisco”. Then he brought three girls up on stage who had responded to him on Twitter and they got to sing a song with him. Only one of them actually knew the words so he just had the other two dance. At the very end of the concert he wanted everyone to see the future of Indianapolis, so for his very last song he brought up two young boys, I would say no older than 5, and they got to be on stage with him for the final song. Afterwards they receive a signed guitar, it was a cool moment. All things considered Train put on a great show and I would gladly go back and see them next year if they decided to return.
Yes it is that time of year again. Time for deep fried ice cream or coke and elephant ears. Time for pig contests and cow contests. Time for concerts from some of your favorite bands. Through all of this, how can you not have fun at the State Fair? You will almost always be doing, eating, or watching something that will only come once a year! This year the fair goes from August 3-19 and encompasses many great performances:
Barry Manilow will kick off the fair with his performance on August 3rd.
Train will be back after last year performing along with Maroon 5. This year they will be with Matt Kearney and Andy Grammer performing on Saturday August 4th.
Journey/Pat Benatar/Loverboy will all be blazing the stage together for a once in a lifetime event on August 8th.
Blake Shelton will round out this year’s concert schedule as soothes the audience on Friday August 17th.
This year all concerts will be at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. There are also a plethora of other contests that take place throughout the duration of the fair including:
Marsh Band Day Competition – This event kicks off the fair with great high school bands coming from all over the state to compete, all trying gunning for last year’s winner, Winchester Community High School.
Cheerleading Competition – The top cheerleading groups from around the state come to compete. These groups spend countless hours cheering on other school teams and now they get a moment to shine.
Youth Talent Contest – This event takes all of the talent show winners from the county fairs in Indiana an pins them against each other. There is a 12 and under division and a 13 to 21 division. The contest includes singing, dancing, tumbling, clogging, baton twirling, and more!
And those are only some of the many competitions being run at the state fair this year! There is just so much to do at this family fun spectacle, it would be tough to experience it all in a day. I haven’t even mentioned the rides, like the ferris wheel, that are for people of all ages!
Tickets for one day are $10 for adults and free for children 5 years or younger. Also, you can get discounted tickets for only $7 if you head to any Indiana Walmart store, Indiana CVS/pharmacy store, Indiana Farm Bureau office, The Marten House Hotel, or the Indiana State Fairgrounds Ticket Office. Lastly, there’s a multi-day pass good for 3 days at a low price of $18! Ever get caught in a rut where you always seem to do the same thing, well the State Fair is unique fun that will only be here for 17 days so don’t miss out!
Indianapolis is the home of the 2006 World Champion Indianapolis Colts. We are home to the young and talented Indiana Pacers. However, when you say sports in Indianapolis, no one’s first thought is in fact the team that has been here longer than any other, the Indianapolis Indians. The Indianapolis Indians are the AAA minor league team for the Pittsburgh Pirates and have played host to players like Ken Griffey Sr., Pete Rose Jr., Randy Johnson, and many more. However, the games are not only for a diehard baseball fan.
With the cheapest tickets costing just $10 for adults, Indians games have become a great way to have fun in the sun with friends or family. And if that wasn’t good enough, the Indians offer daily promotions that allow you to get even more bang for your buck:
Dollar Menu Mondays – Enjoy a great Monday evening baseball game and you can receive a hot dog, Cracker Jack, popcorn, and potato chip all for $1 each.
Two-For-One Tuesdays – This promotion is perfect for couples, large groups, and basically anyone else. All you need to do is pick up a coupon at a McAllister’s in Central Indiana and bring it to the game and receive 2 tickets for the price of one!
Business Day Games Wednesdays – Is there a better way to spend lunch than at the ballpark with all your co-workers? Enjoy a gorgeous afternoon in downtown Indianapolis in a way that’s fun and different.
Value Night Thursday – Value Nights bundle all of your ballpark favorites into one great deal. When you arrive at the ballpark, not only do you purchase a game ticket but you get an exclusive t-shirt, a ballpark hot dog, and unlimited soda starting at $16.
Firework Fridays – The most popular night of the week at the ballpark offers you a show for all ages. After the game, stay in your seats to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display above Victory Field.
Signature Saturday – Signature Saturdays give you a chance to take home one of a kind memorabilia. Be there for the autograph session with the current Indians team, former minor league players, or entertainers. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
Kids Eat Free & Souvenir Sunday – Every child ages 14 and under eats for free on Sundays. When they purchase a ticket, they receive a voucher for a free hot dog, drink, and bag of chips. Not only that, but on Sunday’s the first 2,500 fans in attendance each Sunday also receive an Indians souvenir item. Sunday’s are jam packed with great deals so don’t miss out on a great day at the park.
Indianapolis Indians games have something for everyone. The weather’s great, the atmosphere is exciting, and not to mention the team is pretty darn good. For over 125 years the Indians have brought excitement to Indianapolis, head out and you’ll see that it’s a home run.
Imagine sitting in a penthouse watching the top drivers in the world bump and grind at over 200 mph. You watch as they travel 160 laps all with one goal in mind, to win. The crowd all around you is screaming as the lead pack continues to battle for that top prize. You can’t help but join in as the cars go into the final stretch, three cars are neck and neck as the finish line approaches, one of which is your favorite driver. You are willing him to victory, screaming at the top of your lungs, your scream combines with the hundreds of thousands of others on the edge of their seats. The drivers speed past the finish line and a collective gasp goes across the crowd…it was a photo finish! The stands go into a wild murmur about who won and you can’t believe what you just saw. You are going to be telling everybody for the rest of your life that you were here and to top off the moment you remember that you are attending the race absolutely FREE.
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July is here, which means the summer concert season is heating up. I’m a little conflicted about summer concerts. While the biggest acts usually come to town in the summer, I am not a big fan of outside concerts in 100 degree heat. However, there are a few coming up at the Klipsch that I’m thinking of attending, regardless of the rising temperatures:
Nickelback (July 21)- Nickelback is one of those bands that have become cool to bash. The Canadian rockers have sold millions of records without receiving much critical acclaim. Their music may be a little milquetoast but it is undeniably catchy. Occasionally one of their songs will come on the radio and I’ll start singing along. Then I realize that societal norms dictate I change the channel or risk having complete strangers judge me as they drive by. Maybe going to one of their concerts will cure me of my self-consciousness.
Wiz Khalifa (July 28)- My first introduction to Khalifa was the ubiquitous “Black and Yellow.” I wasn’t impressed at the time, but he has grown on me. Wiz Khalifa’s skills can’t be compared to the greats of his genre, but his rhymes are simple, smooth, and delivered with incredible diction.
Jimmy Buffett (July 31)-I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but never a parrothead, the nickname for devout followers of Buffett. I’ve been told by reliable sources that Buffett puts on a great show and I am a fan of the songs “Margaritaville” and “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere.” Here’s a fun fact: part of the music video for the latter song was shot at the Klipsch Music Center, back when it was the Verizon Center.
Which artists coming to town this summer are you willing to abandon air conditioning for?
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. On July 29, NASCAR once again honors heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty through the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400. This program was designed for “all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in their communities, from firefighters and police officers, to first responders and local volunteers,” and the winner will be honored by the official naming of the Crown Royal “You Hero’s Name Here” 400.
The contest took nominations of people nationwide and a committee narrowed it down to the final 5 heroes:
Curtiss Shaver lives in Troy, Alabama. Curtis is a firefighter lieutenant and EMT. He lost his left leg in a farming accident when he was 18. He says that experience makes him appreciate even more the job firefighters do on a day to day basis.
John Thomas currently serves in Sarasota, Florida. John served 9 years in the U.S. Army and followed that by serving as Sarasota County Police Chief. From 2003 to 2004 John served on the front lines fighting in Iraq.
Dale Beatty is from Statesville, North Carolina. Dale is an Iraq veteran and has a long list of credentials including being a Purple Heart recipient and Freedom Foundation award winner. Dale lost both his legs as a result of an explosion in 2004 while he was serving in Iraq.
Lindsey Marquez is from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Lindsey served in the Air Force as an ICU nurse for seven months in Afghanistan. She was nominated by her husband David for her dedication to help severely burned and injured soldiers through the Keep a Soldier Warm project.
Brandon Veatch now resides in Bloomfield, Indiana. Brandon served eight years in the U.S. Army Special Forces and served in both Baghdad and northern Iraq. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his efforts. He now works as an acquisitions management specialist at the Navy at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.
All five of these hero’s receive a trip to the Brickyard for the race, but only one collects the grand prize. The winner not only gets the naming rights for the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400, but they also get to wave the green flag to start the race and present the trophy to the winner in Victory Lane.
The Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard puts the unsung heroes on one of the biggest stages in racing. The results of the Grand Prize will be released in early July. None of these finalists consider themselves heroes, but the impact they have had on their friends, family, community, and country speaks for itself. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and these five are true heroes.