Doubleheader or double cross?

Planning on taking a summer road trip to Indianapolis? Packer fans may find themselves headed for the Hoosier state unexpectedly this summer because the Colts have required fans purchasing tickets for the Sept. 26 game vs. Green Bay to also buy tickets to an Indy preseason contest.<P>

Colts officials are hoping to parlay a home date with the Packers into help for their dismal preseason attendance. Last season Indianapolis averaged about 28,000 at two exhibition contests.

This preseason is bound to be different, thanks to the new policy. Anyone purchasing a ticket to the Colts home-opener vs. Green Bay must also purchase a ticket to the Colts' Aug. 28 exhibition game vs. Buffalo. One ticket is hot. The other is not.

Colts senior executive vice president Pete Ward told the Associated Press that the Packer game is "an instant sellout." Attendance the last time the Packers visited the RCA dome during the regular season was 60,928 on Nov. 16, 1997. Green Bay last played a preseason game in Indy on Aug. 24, 1996 and played to a large Green and Gold contingent among the 49,081 on hand.

This time Packer fans will be packing preseason tickets for a Colts game which doesn't include their own team. That policy is not getting warm reviews, Ward acknowledged.

"We've had some complaints," he said. "But most have been from Green Bay fans.

"We have nothing against Green Bay fans," Ward said. "Basically, we're just leveraging the demand (for Packer tickets)."

Single game tickets in Indianapolis cost between $35 to $65.

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