Lucas Oil Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It replaced the RCA Dome as the home field of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and opened on August 16, 2008. The stadium was constructed to allow the removal of the RCA Dome and expansion of the Indiana Convention Center on its site. The stadium is on the south side of South Street, a block south of the former site of the RCA Dome. In 2006, prior to the stadium's construction, Lucas Oil Products secured the naming rights for the stadium at a cost of $122 million over 20 years. The venue also serves as the current home for the United Soccer League's Indy Eleven.
The architectural firm HKS, Inc. was responsible for the stadium's design, with Walter P Moore working as the Structural Engineer of Record. The stadium features a retractable roof and window wall, thus allowing the Colts and the Eleven to play both indoors and outdoors. The field surface was originally FieldTurf but was replaced in 2018 with Shaw Sports Momentum Pro. The exterior of the new stadium is faced with a reddish-brown brick trimmed with Indiana limestone, similar to several other sports venues in the area, including Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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The House that Manning Built
Aerial photograph of Lucas Oil Stadium (2016).
Lucas Oil Stadium
Location in Indianapolis
Lucas Oil Stadium
Location in Indiana
Lucas Oil Stadium
Location in the United States
|Address||500 South Capitol Avenue|
|Owner||Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority|
(State of Indiana)
|Operator||Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County, Indiana|
|Capacity||American football: 67,000 (expandable to 70,000)|
Basketball: 70,000 (approx)
Shaw Sports Momentum Pro (2018–present)
|Broke ground||September 20, 2005|
|Opened||August 16, 2008|
|Construction cost||US$720 million|
($843 million in 2018 dollars)
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc.
|Project manager||John Klipsch Consulting LLC|
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore/Fink Roberts & Petrie|
|Services engineer||Moore Engineers PC|
|Indianapolis Colts (NFL) (2008–present)|
Indy Eleven (USLC) (2018–present)
Lucas Oil Stadium has a seating capacity of 67,000  and covers approximately 1.8 million square feet (170,000 m2). The stadium offers 139 suites, two club lounges, two exhibit halls and 12 meeting rooms. There are also 360-degree ribbon boards and two 53-foot (16 m) tall high definition video boards. An underground walkway directly connects the stadium to the Indiana Convention Center.
Other features include:
The home team determines if the roof is to be opened or closed 90 minutes before kickoff.
The four gates leading into Lucas Oil Stadium are each named for sponsoring corporation: Lucas Oil, Verizon, and Huntington Bank. The ground-level concourses of their respective gates feature banners and floor coverings with the corporations' logos, advertisements and merchandise displays.
Annual events include:
Upcoming events include:
Significant past events included:
The first games played at Lucas Oil Stadium occurred on August 22, 2008, and were part of the PeyBack Classic, featuring Indiana high school football games between Noblesville High School and Fishers High School in Game 1, followed by New Palestine High School and Whiteland Community High School in Game 2. On November 26, 2008, Cardinal Ritter High School became the first high school to win a state championship on the field, beating Sheridan High School 34-27 for the class A state title. The Colts faced the Chicago Bears in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI in their first regular season game in the stadium.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Tournament||Spectators|
|August 1, 2013||Chelsea||2–0||Inter Milan||2013 International Champions Cup First Round||41,983|
Drum Corps International (DCI) announced on August 9, 2006, that it would move its corporate offices to Indianapolis and that the DCI World Championships would be the inaugural event for the stadium and would be held at Lucas Oil Stadium every year through 2018. In 2015, Drum Corps International and the city of Indianapolis announced a 10-year contract extension, allowing the World Championships to continue through 2028. The competition was held for the first time at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.
|Date||Artist||Opening Act(s)||Tour / Concert Name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|September 13, 2008||Kenny Chesney||Keith Urban
|The Poets and Pirates Tour||50,528 / 50,528||$3,835,609||The stadium's first public concert.|
|September 19, 2009||Kenny Chesney||Miranda Lambert
Zac Brown Band
|Sun City Carnival Tour||45,178 / 45,178||$3,016,365|
|July 28, 2012||Kenny Chesney
|Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
|Brothers of the Sun Tour||41,671 / 43,864||$3,509,151|
|May 9, 2015||Kenny Chesney
|The Big Revival Tour||43,675 / 44,872||$4,064,335|
|July 31, 2015||One Direction||Icona Pop||On the Road Again Tour||42,196 / 42,196||$3,426,589|
|September 10, 2017||U2||Beck||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||51,731 / 51,731||$5,970,055|
|September 15, 2018||Taylor Swift||Camila Cabello
|Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour||55,729 / 55,729||$6,531,245||Highest attended concert at the stadium.|
The total cost of Lucas Oil Stadium was $720 million. The stadium is being financed with funds raised by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, with the Indianapolis Colts providing $100 million. Marion County has raised taxes for food and beverage sales, auto rental taxes, innkeeper's taxes, and admission taxes for its share of the costs. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in food and beverage taxes in the eight surrounding doughnut counties (with the exception of Morgan County) and the sale of Colts license plates.
The County Commissioners of each county voted whether to levy the 1% food and beverage tax proposed by Marion County. Sweetening the deal for those counties was the fact that half of the revenue from the tax would stay in the respective county. Morgan County was the only county to turn down the offer, yet in a later vote, it levied its own 1% tax – thus keeping all of its additional generated revenue.
In August 2006, the Capital Improvement Board, which operates the stadium, estimated that daily operating expenses of the new stadium would be $10 million more per year than the RCA Dome. The board urged the Indiana General Assembly to authorize funding to cover the shortfall. The Indiana Legislature considered a bill to raise sales taxes statewide to cover the shortfall, however this plan faced stiff opposition from legislators outside the Indianapolis metro area.
The assembly ultimately authorized a tax increase in Indianapolis-Marion County. In addition, the CIB trimmed staff and cut $10 million from its budget. Still, the agency anticipated a $20 million operating deficit for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009. Anticipated expenses are $27.7 million—far outstripping the $7.7 million CIB expects to collect from its share of revenue from stadium events. The Colts organization has been criticized for the favorable lease terms and the high percentage of revenue it can keep under the terms of its agreements with the stadium authorities and there have been calls for the team to cover the shortfalls of the CIB. The Colts responded to these criticisms in an open letter to fans on September 16, 2009.
On September 8, 2013 after the Colts defeated the Oakland Raiders in the season opener, a rail over the opposing team tunnel collapsed injuring two fans. One fan was transferred to the hospital for evaluation. No serious injuries were reported.
On September 3, 2015, three fans were injured by a bolt that fell from the roof of the stadium as it was being opened during an NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The stadium was pronounced safe by officials, but the roof remained closed for events until a final investigation was completed as to why the bolt fell.
The 2010 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 58th season in the National Football League, the 27th in Indianapolis, and the second under head coach Jim Caldwell. The defending AFC champions were looking to repeat as AFC champions and win it all in Super Bowl XLV to end their four-year championship drought. It was also the final season with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback. They also clinched their ninth consecutive postseason appearance, tying the all-time record for consecutive postseason appearances by a team with the Dallas Cowboys, who made the playoffs every season from 1975–1983. Though the Colts failed to win 12 or more games for the first time since 2002, the team did win the AFC South division title for the seventh time in eight seasons, but were eliminated by the New York Jets in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, which also turned out to be Peyton Manning’s final game in a Colts uniform, as he would sit out next season to undergo neck surgery and was released by the team and subsequently signed with the Denver Broncos.2011 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2011 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise’s 59th season in the National Football League, the 28th in Indianapolis and the third (and last) under head coach Jim Caldwell. The Colts were coming off a 10–6 record in 2010 and a second consecutive AFC South championship, as well as a ninth consecutive playoff appearance. In 2011, the Colts were looking to set an NFL record for the most consecutive playoff appearances (10) and be the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium (Super Bowl XLVI was held in Indianapolis).
The Colts had placed their franchise tag on star quarterback Peyton Manning before the season started but he sat out the entire season due to neck surgery. The Colts turned to retired quarterback Kerry Collins and then to Curtis Painter, neither of whom could fill Manning’s void. The team finished the season with a 2–14 record, the worst regular season record by a Colts team since 1991, and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
The Colts offense had weakened rapidly in 2011. They were 30th in the league in yards gained (compared to 4th in 2010), 27th in passing yards (compared to 1st in 2010), 29th in receiving yards (compared to 2nd in 2010), 28th in scoring (compared to 4th in 2010), and 28th in total touchdowns (compared to 2nd in 2010).
The Colts set a dubious NFL record on pass defense, by allowing 71.2% completed passes by opposing passers.On January 2, 2012, one day after the final game of the season, Colts owner Jim Irsay fired team Vice Chairman Bill Polian and his son, team Vice President and general manager Chris Polian. Irsay stated that the fate of head coach Jim Caldwell was still under review. On January 17, 2012, Irsay announced the firing of Caldwell as the head coach of the Colts. On March 7, 2012, Manning was released by the Colts. These moves marked the first major rebuilding of the team since the Polians had joined the team.2012 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2012 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 60th season in the National Football League and the 29th in Indianapolis. The Colts earned the first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft due to a dismal 2–14 record in 2011 and used their first pick on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The season marked the first for both head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson with the franchise.It was also the Colts' first season since 1997 without Peyton Manning on the roster as he was released by the Colts in March 2012 and signed with the Denver Broncos during that offseason. He also missed the entire 2011 season due to undergoing neck surgeries.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians served as interim head coach while Pagano underwent treatment for leukemia from week 5–16; he returned, with his cancer in remission, during the final week of the regular season. The team went 9–3 under Arians. The Colts earned a playoff berth, but were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round. This season marked the official beginning of the Andrew Luck era.2013 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2013 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 61st season in the National Football League, the 30th in Indianapolis and the second season under head coach Chuck Pagano, who missed most of the 2012 season due to treatment for leukemia. The Colts matched their 2012 record of 11–5, and went undefeated within the division during the season. The Colts hoped to advance further than the Wild Card round in the playoffs than in 2012, where they lost to the Ravens. They did so after falling behind by 28 points against the Chiefs, but came back and won 45–44. However, the Colts were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round, by a score of 43–22.
On March 7, 2013, Jeff Saturday signed a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
For the second consecutive season, the Colts held the final pick in the NFL Draft, number 254, which is famously known as Mr. Irrelevant. In 2012, the final player selected was Chandler Harnish. The 2013 season's Mr. Irrelevant was Justice Cunningham.
Throughout the season, the Colts wore a patch to recognize the 30th season since their move to Indianapolis.
On October 20, 2013, Peyton Manning made his first return to Indianapolis since being released by the Indianapolis Colts and signed by the Denver Broncos, a game in which commentator Al Michaels dubbed "the War of 1812" (referring to Peyton Manning's number of 18 and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's number of 12). The Colts won the game 39-33.
While losing their Week 14 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Colts overall record as well as a 4–0 record within the division was enough to earn them their 15th division title after the Denver Broncos defeated the Tennessee Titans. The Colts became the first team of the 2013 season to win their division, securing a home playoff game.With the Titans' loss to the Cardinals in Week 15, the Colts were the only AFC South team to make the playoffs.
In the AFC Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts rallied to turn a 38–10 Chiefs' lead into a 45–44 victory for the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history. It is behind only the Bills who rallied from a 32-point deficit in the 1993 AFC Wild Card Game.2014 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2014 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 62nd season in the National Football League and the 31st in Indianapolis. It also marked the third season under head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson, and quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Colts entered the 2014 season as the defending AFC South champions, after compiling an 11–5 record during the previous season and falling to the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. They clinched their second straight division title with a 17–10 win over the Houston Texans in Week 15. They also went 6–0 in their division for the second straight year. In the postseason, the Colts would defeat both the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The 2014 Colts failed to join the 2010 New York Jets and 2012 Baltimore Ravens as the only teams to beat both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in the playoffs.
As of 2018, this is the only time in the post-Peyton Manning era in which the Colts made the AFC Championship Game.
Behind former first overall draft pick Andrew Luck, the Colts became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger to pass for 300 or more yards in eight consecutive games.2015 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2015 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League and the 32nd in Indianapolis. It was also the fourth season under the trio of head coach Chuck Pagano, general manager Ryan Grigson and quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts entered the 2015 season as the defending AFC South champions after compiling an 11–5 record before falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
After a week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Colts fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and elevated associate head coach Rob Chudzinski to replace him. The Colts failed to improve from their 3 consecutive 11–5 records and finished the season at 8–8 and lost the division to the Houston Texans and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and only the 4th time since 1998. Also this was their first time to lose to the Houston Texans at home since the Texans broke into the NFL in 2002.2016 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2016 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League and the 33rd in Indianapolis. The Colts matched their 8-8 record from 2015, however they would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997–1998. This season would also see the Colts get swept by the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history. As a result, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons with the team. However head coach Chuck Pagano would return next year.2017 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2017 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 65th season in the National Football League and the 34th in Indianapolis. It was also the sixth and final season under head coach Chuck Pagano, who was fired at the end of the season. It was also the first under new general manager Chris Ballard, the former Kansas City Chiefs' Director of Football Operations, following the dismissal of Ryan Grigson. The Colts were looking to improve on their 8–8 record from last year and make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. However, star quarterback Andrew Luck suffered an injury before the regular season began and was placed on the injured reserve list, putting the season in doubt.
After an ineffective performance by backup Scott Tolzien in Week 1 against the Rams, the Colts put Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. However, Brissett could not save the team as they finished 4-12 for their first losing season since 2011, and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.2018 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2018 season was the Indianapolis Colts' 66th in the National Football League and their 35th in Indianapolis. It was also their first season under head coach Frank Reich and second under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard. Despite a 1–5 start, the Colts managed to improve on their 4–12 campaign with a 38-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans which also included a 5 game winning streak. On Week 16, the Colts achieved their first winning season since 2014 with a 28–27 win against the New York Giants. The next week, they beat the Tennessee Titans in a win or go home match-up to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and became the third team in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs after a 1–5 start and first since the 2015 Chiefs.
In the Wild Card Round, the Colts defeated the Houston Texans 21–7, but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round 13–31 ending their season.2018 Indy Eleven season
The 2018 Indy Eleven season was the club's fifth season of existence, and their first season in the United Soccer League following their move from the North American Soccer League on January 10. Indy also competed in the U.S. Open Cup. The season covered the period from October 30, 2017 to the beginning of the 2019 USL season.
2018 marked a number of firsts for the club: the first year that home matches were played in Lucas Oil Stadium, located in downtown Indianapolis, as well as the first year of Martin Rennie's managerial tenure. Although Rennie was victorious in his first game in charge of the club, Indy were defeated in their first-ever match at their new home stadium. The season average of 10,163 fans per home match was the second-largest average attendance in Indy Eleven history, behind only the club's inaugural season.
The Eleven qualified for the USL playoffs in their first season in the league, finishing with 49 points and earning the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. However, they were eliminated in the conference quarterfinals by Louisville City, who went on to win USL Cup for the second consecutive season. In the U.S. Open Cup, Indy was eliminated in the second round by fourth-tier Mississippi Brilla, marking the second consecutive season that the club was knocked out by a Premier Development League opponent.2019 Indianapolis Colts season
The 2019 Indianapolis Colts season will be the franchise's 67th season in the National Football League and their 36th in Indianapolis. It is also their second season under head coach Frank Reich and third under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard.
The Colts will attempt to improve on their 10-6 campaign from last season that saw them make the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and quarterback Andrew Luck playing for the first time since 2016.2019 Indy Eleven season
The 2019 Indy Eleven season is the club's sixth season of existence, their sixth consecutive season in the second tier of American soccer, and their second season in the league now named the USL Championship. The season covers the period from October 21, 2018 to the beginning of the 2020 USL Championship season.2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
The 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is a planned single-elimination tournament of 68 teams to determine the men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national champion for the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The 83rd annual edition of the Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 16, 2021 and will conclude with the championship game on April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium
in Indianapolis, Indiana.Big Ten Football Championship Game
The Big Ten Football Championship Game is a college football game that is held by the Big Ten Conference each year since 2011 to determine the conference's season champion. The championship game will pit the division champions from the conference's West and East divisions in a game held after the regular season has been completed. The game is held the first Saturday of December at 8 PM Eastern.
The winner of this game will earn the Big Ten's automatic berth in the Rose Bowl Game, unless the team is selected to play in the four-team College Football Playoff. If this is the case, they will go to one of the bowls hosting the national semifinals. The winner of this game will also receive the Stagg Championship Trophy, and the most valuable player of this game will receive the Grange-Griffin Championship Game Most Valuable Player Trophy.
The conference currently has a deal making Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis the site of the championship game through 2021.Drum Corps International World Class Champions
At the end of the summer season, Drum Corps International (DCI) World Class corps compete to earn the title of DCI World Class Champion (formerly DCI Division I World Champion). The championships consist of 3 rounds—Preliminaries, Semifinals, and Finals—held on the first or second Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of August. Through 2010, all active World Class corps (22 corps as of 2016) competed in the Quarterfinals, with the top 17 advancing to the Semifinals. The top 12 corps from Semifinals then advanced to the Finals. Since the 2011 season, all active DCI corps (Open and World Class) have been permitted to compete for the championship. In this format, about 40 corps compete in Preliminaries, while the top 25 advance to Semifinals, with the top-scoring 12 advancing to Finals. The champion is determined by the overall high score in the Finals competition. There are also a number of caption awards (high brass, high percussion, high visual, etc.), though the criteria for determination for those awards has changed from year to year.
Only 10 corps have ever won the title (including 3 ties):
Blue Devils – 18 titles (2 ties)
The Cadets – 10 titles (1 tie)
The Cavaliers – 7 titles (1 tie)
Santa Clara Vanguard – 7 titles (1 tie)
Madison Scouts – 2 titles
Phantom Regiment – 2 titles (1 tie)
Anaheim Kingsmen – 1 title
Star of Indiana – 1 title
Carolina Crown – 1 title
Bluecoats - 1 titleThe Anaheim Kingsmen and Star of Indiana are no longer in active competition.Indiana Convention Center
The Indiana Convention Center is a major convention center located in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The original structure was completed in 1972 and has undergone multiple expansions. In total, there are 71 meeting rooms, 11 exhibit halls, and three multi-purpose ballrooms. The connected facilities of Lucas Oil Stadium offer an additional 183,000 square feet (20,000 m2) of exhibit space and 12 meeting rooms.Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders
The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders are the official cheerleading squad of the Indianapolis Colts. The cheerleaders perform various dances at the Colts stadium Lucas Oil Stadium, and also performed at Super Bowl XLI and Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium. The 2016 squad currently has 28 members. The squad was the first cheerleading squad in the NFL, being formed in the same year as the team's inception (1954) by two women. The squad originally consisted of ten girls with white boots, crew-neck sweaters, blue scarves and a blue skirt with grey kick-pleats as uniforms. The squad had a horse as a mascot, and often marched with the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, which was left behind in 1984 when the Colts moved to Indianapolis. The squad's annual auditions feature hundreds of women, with the group's "Audition Showcase" taking place at venues around Indianapolis. The squad has a show troupe, which travels to various cities to entertain fans. The Colts Cheerleaders release an annual swimsuit calendar. The team has a "Junior Cheerleaders" program, in which a team of 300 girls aged 7 to 14 perform at Lucas Oil Stadium and various appearances.The Colts cheerleading squad achieved greater fame when several of them shaved their heads bald in 2012 in tribute to coach Chuck Pagano and his successful battle with leukemia.Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor
The Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor honors former players, coaches, club officials, and fans who made outstanding contributions to the Indianapolis Colts football organization.
Originally a ring around the former RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, it currently encircles Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Ring of Honor began on September 23, 1996, with the induction of then owner, Robert Irsay. Since then, eleven players (10 offensive and 1 defensive), two head coaches, a general manager, and an honor to the fans have been added. Tony Dungy was the first to be added to the ring of honor in Lucas Oil Stadium.
The 12th Man addition to the ring was the last to be added in the RCA Dome. While the ring membership is not increased annually, there was at least one inductee added every season from 2015 to 2019.Indy Eleven
Indy Eleven is an American professional soccer team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 2013, the team made its debut in the North American Soccer League in 2014, before moving to the United Soccer League in 2018. The franchise plays its home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, with plans for a new stadium in the city's downtown district.
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| Home of the
| Home of the
| Host of
Super Bowl XLVI
| NCAA Men's Division I
| NCAA Women's Division I
American Airlines Center
| Host of the
Big Ten Championship Game
| Home of
Bands of America
Grand National Championship
Memorial Stadium, Bloomington
| Home of the
Drum Corps International
| Home of the
NFL Scouting Combine
| Host of
AFC Championship Game
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|Conference championships (7)|
|League championships (5)|
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Championship seasons in bold
Super Bowl stadiums
USL Championship venues
Drum Corps International World Championship host venues