Growing a fan base: 3 ideas for Bengals to steal from Colts


Colts At Bat/Bengals At Bat?

Add this to the list of things I wish the Bengals would do to connect with the Tri-State and spread the word about Bengals football.

The Indianapolis Colts have a summer Colts at Bat tour that visits parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

The Colts invade Louisville Slugger Field tonight, home of the Louisville Bats.

Louisville Slugger Field is 114 miles from Indianapolis. So, in the middle of the summer, the Colts packed up and drove nearly two hours to meet and greet fans for an evening at a baseball stadium.

The Colts also do stops at the Indianapolis Indians and Fort Wayne Tin Caps.

Here is a list of events that take place at each stop for the Colts: Autographs and photos with Colts players, cheerleaders, and Mascot Blue, register to win Colts tickets, free Colts giveaways, Play 60 Zone, experience Colts In Motion, the team's traveling museum, learn more about becoming a Colts Season Ticket Member!

How difficult would it be to pack up some inflatables, Who-Dey the mascot, the Ben-gals, Dave Lapham, Dan Hoard, a rotating mix of several current and formers players and members of the ticket office, and hit the road a couple of times a summer?

The Bengals could make appearances at minor league baseball parks such as:

Dayton Dragons (55 miles), Columbus Clippers (107 miles), Louisville Bats (99 miles), Indianapolis Indians (110 miles) and Lexington Legends (81 miles). Heck, it doesn't have to be minor league game, it could be a couple of the bigger festivals around the Tri-State, like the Taste of Indy.

I'm not talking a once a week thing. The Bengals could hit the road twice a month in May, June, July, promoting the season and the start of training camp.

The Bengals are already conceding Columbus to the Browns. The Browns roll into the Horseshoe for a day of training camp every year and have talked about a full-time move there.

Would this idea cost the Bengals money? Yes.

Would it expand their brand and reach potential new fans? No question.

As I always ask: What's the downside?

The Colts also do a Fan Fest

For the 16th consecutive summer, the Colts traveled across Indiana to visit with Colts Nation. Colts Fan Fest fun, features players, cheerleaders and Mascot Blue.

Huntingburg, IN

Danville, IN

Fan Fest elements include:

Autographs and photos with Colts Players, Cheerleader and Mascot Blue, register to win Colts tickets, Colts giveaways, Play 60 Zone Experience, Colts In

Motion, the team's traveling museum, Colts interactive inflatables, live Music, Mobile, Colts Pro Shop, learn more about becoming a Colts Season Ticket



Colts in Motion

In 2017, Colts In Motion visited events all over Indiana and Kentucky? Colts In Motion is a 42-foot-long traveling museum full of interactive Colts history and memorabilia. It is free of charge and sure to take your event to the next level. There is no better way to show your Colts pride than to feature Colts In Motion at your next event.

Things to see at Colts In Motion:

Compare your hands to those of Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts Wide Receiver TY Hilton

Feel the difference between the old Astroturf and new Fieldturf

Learn more about the best venue in sports, Lucas Oil Stadium

Check out game worn items

Six interactive TVs, including highlights of Colts playmakers both past and present

Test your Colts knowledge with our touchscreen quiz

See replicas of the 2006 Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl Ring and more! 

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530! Read more


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