Why they are 1 of 2 teams still waiting for approval for full capacity

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts continue to work toward hosting capacity crowds at Lucas Oil Stadium this fall, a goal Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay has repeatedly said this offseason that he hopes to realize after the COVID-19 pandemic limited crowds throughout the 2020 season.

Nearly the entire NFL has already been given the go-ahead. According to the Washington Post, the Colts are one of just two NFL teams, along with the Denver Broncos, that has not been approved for full stadium capacity for the 2021 season.

The Colts have been working with the Marion County Public Health Department, a team spokesperson said, and the two sides plan to meet after the Indy 500 is run this weekend with a crowd of roughly 40 percent capacity. 

Fans, increased to 7,500, from last week's 2,500, in attendance at New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Colts won 38-7.

The sides still have plenty of time left before the start of the season. The date and time of the Colts’ only home preseason game in 2021 hasn’t been released yet, but the first week of preseason games is expected to fall somewhere from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14. 

Marion County plans to lift its mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals June 7, and the City Council is expected to recommend that capacity limits for indoor sports be raised from 25{066dbc63777e5ed549f406789d72fdeebd77a32711d57f7b38ff2b35c4ba2a42} to 50{066dbc63777e5ed549f406789d72fdeebd77a32711d57f7b38ff2b35c4ba2a42}, although the Colts obviously have the option of opening the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium and making it into an outdoor venue. The team frequently kept the roof open for safety reasons during the 2020 season.

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