It’s been seven years since Peyton Manning last put on a Colts jersey, so the organization decided it was about time to enshrine him outside of their stadium.
The Colts are getting set to erect a bronze statue of Peyton Manning at the north plaza of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Fans have been able to sneak a quick glimpse at the sculpture as it sits outside the stadium wrapped in plastic, but it will be fully unveiled to the public at a special ceremony this Saturday at 3 PM.
According to the Colts’ website, gates will open at noon on Saturday and the ceremony will be free to the public.
A couple of other notes about the ceremony:
The statue will not be available for fan photos on Saturday. Photo opportunities will be made available starting on Sunday.
As you may have guessed, there will be Papa John’s pizza available at the ceremony.
The first 20,000 fans will receive a special edition poster for the event.
Colts cheerleaders will be giving autographs.
There will be a $3 special on Bud Light.
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Peyton Manning holds the Colts’ all-time records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and game-winning drives among many others. He led them to the playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons as a Colt, and won the franchise’s only Lombardi Trophy since their move to Indianapolis.
If anyone is deserving of a statue, it would be Peyton Manning, and Saturday’s statue unveiling ceremony is sure to bring back great memories of the best era of Indianapolis Colts football.