No Monday Night Football game has been blacked out in a local market since the final week of the 1999 season. That streak is going to stay intact.
The Chargers and Colts will be seen live in San Diego, despite about 8,500 tickets still being available, a number that falls well short of the NFL's "sellout" requirements.
ESPN (who has the broadcast rights) and several sponsors, including Union Bank, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House and Donovan’s Prime Seafood (of which the Spanos family is a co-owner), and Brigantine Family of Restaurants have guaranteed the purchase of enough tickets.
"ESPN is pleased to have avoided the blackout and we are happy to work with local military and charitable organizations in San Diego to distribute a portion of the tickets to individuals and families who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend the game,” said Doug White, ESPN’s senior director of programming and acquisitions.
Now, Chargers fans can still purchase tickets online at chargers.com, on the phone through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or in person at the Chargers Ticket Office at Gate C at Qualcomm Stadium, although the ticket office closes at 4:00 p.m. Saturday night. It re-opens on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Kickoff is set for 5:40 p.m. San Diego time on Monday.