The Colts set a record today. No, I'm not talking about Adam Vinatieri's personal field goal mark.
Today's crowd for Indianapolis' tilt with Houston was the smallest in Lucas Oil Stadium's 10+ year history:
By the way, this is the smallest Colts crowd ever at Lucas Oil Stadium. Announced crowd is 57,716. That's just 86.1 percent of capacity. Can you blame anybody?— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) September 30, 2018
That's uncharted territory for a building that saw the last of Peyton Manning's peak years and Andrew Luck's exciting (and healthy!) first few seasons.
I was up in the press box and from that viewpoint, the amount of empties was very apparent. Gregg Doyel of the IndyStar snapped this photo at the beginning of the third quarter:
Crowd left Lucas Oil Stadium at halftime and just ... didn’t come back. pic.twitter.com/pw4Ig8SiKi— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) September 30, 2018
I'm not going to tell people what to do with their money - I attend games for free, so who am I to say anything? That said, it's becoming clear that the mediocrity is taking its toll. The Colts are now 21-31 since losing the 2014 AFC Championship Game and are in real danger of missing the playoffs in four straight seasons for the first time since a seven-season drought from 1988-94.