Saturday marks 30 years since Colts came to Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 30 years ago, Indianapolis became an NFL city.

In the early morning hours of March 29, 1984, 15 Mayflower moving vans showed up at the Baltimore Colts complex in the middle of a snowstorm to bring the team here.

Then-team owner Robert Irsay made the move completely unannounced after years of lobbying Baltimore for a new stadium.

“I’ve had many fine moments as mayor. I can’t say that this is the finest but this is certainly one that should make the entire city and myself very happy,” Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut told WISH-TV then.

“We’re just hoping to come here with the enthusiasm that the people have and the bottom line certainly has to be winning,” added Frank Kush, former Colts coach.

To see more of WISH-TV’s original report from that day 30 years ago click PLAY in the video box. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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