Lucas Oil Stadium
Structure in General
- Demolition of the existing buildings on site began on August 25, 2005.
- The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on September 20, 2005.
- Foundation work began the week after Thanksgiving, 2005.
- The stadium has a capacity of 63,000 for football games, and can be expanded to 70,000 for basketball.
- It replaces the RCA Dome, located just to the north, as the home of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts.
- Upon completion, the RCA Dome was demolished in order to permit expansion of the Indianapolis Convention Center.
- The stadium is positioned off the city street grid, running north-northeast to the south-southwest. This will allow direct views of the city skyline to the north.
- Naming rights for the new stadium were announced on February 28, 2006. California-based Lucas Oil will pay US $122 million over 20 years, in one of the five most expensive naming contracts in the NFL.
- The retractable roof is the first in the world to open sideline to sideline instead of end zone to end zone.
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