The Indianapolis Colts are giving away five actual rings from their Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears as part of a mega-fundraiser. But you’ll have to be lucky–and work hard to get one.
Just as the Indianapolis Colts reaped the rewards of their victorious quest for the trophy in Super Bowl XLI, now Colts fans will have their chance to begin a quest for a one-of-a-kind prize—all to benefit Indiana charities.
A first in NFL history, the Colts will provide five authentic Super Bowl XLI rings, an opportunity never before made available to the public, to fans during the Quest for the Ring contest. All proceeds will be donated to Indiana charities through the Indianapolis Colts Foundation, Inc. (ICF), a nonprofit organization.
“We would not be truly victorious without the support of our fans and our community, and we have created the Quest for the Ring in recognition of this support,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “It will enable us to raise significant dollars for Indiana charities while giving our fans the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize.”
Irsay announced the program during a special Colts Blue Tuesday rally on Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis at noon today. “We’re making history in the NFL today by showing how much we value our fans, fans that we know are the best in the world,” Irsay said.
As suggested by the name and the prizes at stake, this is not an ordinary contest. Entrants will have to prevail through all three stages, culminating in the final challenge during halftime of the Indianapolis Colts home game on Dec. 2, 2007.
To enter Stage One, fans must purchase one or more $5 tickets. Up to 200,000 tickets will be sold from noon (EDT) on Oct. 30, 2007 to noon (EST) on Nov. 20, 2007. Fans can purchase tickets at the RCA Dome in the box office during normal business hours and in the guest relations kiosks during the Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 Colts home games; at participating Indiana Ticketmaster Ticket Centers; and through the local Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone service. The numbers for Indiana are: Anderson/Muncie (765) 644-3131; Bloomington (812) 333-9955; Evansville (812) 423-7222; Ft. Wayne (260) 424-1811; Indianapolis (317) 239-5151; Lafayette (765) 743-5151; South Bend (574) 272-7979; and Terre Haute (812) 234-2424. Tickets cannot be purchased over the Internet.
On Nov. 21, 2007, 25 winning numbers and 20 alternates will be randomly selected. Those numbers will be posted on Colts.com that evening. Winners who provide proper notification by 5 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 27, 2007 will be deemed Stage One winners and will advance to Stage Two. In the event that proper notification is not received by winning ticket holders, alternate ticket holders will be contacted.
In Stage Two, the 25 Stage One winners—and up to three “helpers” of their choice—will participate in a treasure hunt for Colts-related items around the city of Indianapolis from Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2007. The top 10 performers, as determined by the sole discretion of the Ravenchase Adventures LLC judges, will advance to the third and final stage.
During halftime of the Colts home game on Dec. 2, 2007, the 10 Stage Two winners will gather on the field and select one locked box and key to open upon command. Five of the finalists will find an authentic Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI ring inside.
"I was always taught by the founders of the National Football league, people like (the late New York Giants Owner) Wellington Mara, that it’s about the game and it’s about the fans,” Irsay said on the team’s website. “I’m always a fan at heart and this day is really to honor all of our fans who have stood by us."
“This is something that’s priceless. You can’t put a price on being a Colts fan, being behind us all those years and getting the authentic, real thing – a Super Bowl ring issued by the team – to represent all the fans.”