There’s a reason Matt Overton is the most popular long snapper in the NFL. As valuable as his contributions are on the field with the Colts special teams unit, he’s made himself equally valuable off the field by giving of his time, his energy, and his heart.
Matt Overton embraced Indianapolis. And Indianapolis made him one of its own. And now, he’s found another way to invest in his adopted city.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own business. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. But being here in Indianapolis going on my fourth year now, my roots are really getting established here, this is more home to me.”
He says he was looking for a space downtown to serve as a “man cave.” Somewhere he could park his cars and hang out with his buddies. He found a property online while he was back in California. The owners were using it to tailgate. And that’s when his imagination took over.
He sent them a message: Listen, I want your space. I want your property. And from there, he says he was “all in.” He closed in May and assembled a team. Immediately, they went to work remodeling, redecorating, and rebranding. And out of the dust and debris, emerged a unique and premier concept in tailgating.
“I want people to be comfortable here. I want them to have fun. I don’t want them to have to worry about cooking and what they’re going to eat that day. It’s going to be here for them and the beer is going to be here for them and we’re just really excited to roll that red carpet out for our guests.”
Something else his guests won’t have to worry about on game day – parking. The Blockhouse Indianapolis is located at 823 Chadwick Street, a quick walk to Lucas Oil Stadium. The exclusive membership is limited to 42 spots, which is by design.
“I want this to be a very tight-knit community in here. And this is kind of a way for me to connect with fans too and beyond tailgating, do great events here privately and also do charitable stuff, so I’m excited and I look forward to that.”
It’s all incredibly personal to him. The industrial rustic décor includes tables and sitting areas, a bar, and a photo collage that pays homage to Overton’s football family heritage. Pictures of his father and both grandfathers, including “Big Wally,” who taught him the game, adorn one wall. Also featured are some of his Colts teammates, Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri, his fourth down army comrades.
Overton says it’s those Colts players and others who have inspired him over the years, on the field and off.
“I’ve looked up to guys like Gary Brackett, a former player who’s done really well for himself here and he calls Indianapolis home for a reason. And that’s because it’s a really unique city and people love him and the fans stand by our Colts.”
Any city would be happy to support a player like Matt Overton, but the relationship he’s built with Hoosiers is truly special. And his business now gives him an opportunity to carry that on.
“Looking forward, I just want to connect with fans and the community of Indianapolis beyond football. I want to be able to be an established businessman here in Indianapolis and this could be my future home for a long time.”
Matt Overton is laying his roots. And the fact that he’s doing it in Indiana means the relationships he’s planted here can continue to grow for years to come.
For information on memberships and special events, go to TheBlockhouseIndy.com.