Indianapolis is bracing for a "Big Orange Stampede" on Saturday and Sunday

as thousands of Peyton Manning's Tennessee fans are expected to hit the

town for "Tennessee Day." The Indianapolis Colts will honor Peyton's

faithful fans over the weekend with several special festivities prior to

Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the New England Patriots.

"On the day we announced Peyton Manning as our No. 1 draft pick, we gained

a whole legion of new fans from Tennessee," said Ray Compton, Indianapolis

executive director of business development. "We've seen the 'Big Orange' at

every home and away game. Peyton and the Colts wanted to do something fun

to thank our new fans for their support."

"The loyalty and support that Tennesseans continue to show for me is

overwhelming," Manning said. "I'm glad to see that the Colts have

recognized the great Tennessee fans and are making such an effort to show a

good time when they come to Indy."

For the weekend, special hotel and party packages have been coupled with

Colts game tickets. Packages include admission to the two parties, hotel

accommodations and game tickets. Depending on the number of people per

room, prices range from $72 to $110 per person for the entire weekend, not

including transportation.

The weekend will include a Tennessee/South Carolina Game Party at the

Indiana Convention Center, Halloween in Downtown Indianapolis and a

Tennessee Tailgate Party before the Colts' game on Sunday. The UT/Carolina

party includes food, sodas and a cash bar. Door prizes, including a $250

Circle Centre Mall shopping spree, will be given away.

"Tennessee Day" sponsors included the Knoxville News-Sentinel,

WVLT-TV, American Express World Travel and the Indianapolis Convention &

Visitors Association.

"With the football parties, Halloween festivities, the NFL game and all the

attractions in downtown Indy, it will make a great weekend," added Compton.

"And it's a relatively short drive from Knoxville."