Colts camp to return to Anderson

College will host NFL team for sixth consecutive summer.

The Indianapolis Colts announced last week the team will return to Anderson University for training camp next summer.

It’s the sixth consecutive year the Colts will train at the private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students.

Practice dates and times will be announced at a later date.

The Colts originally spent their summers at Anderson University from their inaugural season in Indianapolis in 1984 until 1998, then returned in 2010.

Next summer’s camp again will be at the Kardatzke Wellness Center/Macholtz Stadium complex on the Northeast section of the university campus. The public can access camp via University Boulevard and 5th Street. Campus signage will direct the public to available parking.

Most practices will be open to the public and are free. Anderson University charges a parking fee for campus visitors.

Since returning to Anderson in 2010, the university has made significant improvements to the campus. The Kardatzke Wellness Center, a 132,000 square-foot facility, connects the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium and Bennett Natatorium at the Northeast end of the campus.

In addition to the Kardatzke Wellness Center, the university has upgraded and enhanced residential facilities on the campus. The school constructed York Seminary Village on the east side of Walnut Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in Anderson and remodeled 5th Street directly in front of Reardon Auditorium.

Improvements to the athletic complex have included new baseball dugouts at Don Brandon Field and an all-weather synthetic field turf and outdoor lights at Macholtz Stadium in the summer of 2008. Master planning around the athletic complex is currently underway with refinements to the practice fields and upgrades to the locker rooms on the Northeast corner of the Kardatzke Wellness Center.

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