Moments after speaking with Colts' owner Robery Irsay and shortly before the March 29th press conference in which he announced the agreement between Irsay and representatives from Indianapolis, Mayor Hudnut called his neighbor John B. Smith, C.E.O. of Mayflower Transit Co., a moving and freight company based in Carmel, Indiana. Per the Mayor's request, Smith sent more than a dozen trucks to Colts' facilities in Owings Mills, Maryland. Fearful that the state of Maryland might attempt to seize the Colts through eminent-domain proceedings or delay the move through other legal action, Colts' ownership sought to complete the move as quickly and quietly as possible. Workers for the moving company packed the team's equipment and loaded trucks throughout the night, departing Maryland before sunrise on March 30. Mayor Hudnut was on hand to welcome each truck as it rolled into Indianapolis later that day.
Mayor Hudnut Greets Moving Truck Driver as Colts Equipment Arrives in Indianapolis, Image 2