Lucas Oil Stadium Facts

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Lucas Oil Stadium is a great venue to watch a game. It was originally named Indiana Stadium when ground was broken for its construction on Sept. 20, 2005. It was changed when Forrest Lucas plucked down $121 million for naming rights to the stadium.

The Indianapolis Colts called the RCA Dome home before moving into Lucas Oil Stadium. Originally known as the Hoosier Dome, it was demolished in December 2008 to make room for a new convention center that will officially open in February 2011.

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In the beginning…

The first game ever to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium occurred on August 22, 2008 as a part of the PeyBack Classic. It was a high school game between two local schools, Noblesville High School and Fishers High School. Fishers High School was the eventual winner.

The Indianapolis Colts played their first game in the new stadium on August 24, 2008 in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Their first regular season game was played against the Chicago Bears in a rematch of the 2006 Super Bowl, losing 29-13.

Lucas Oil Stadium will play host to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and was built at a cost of $720 million.

When the Colts moved in and called the stadium home, they weren't playing very well. It must take time to get used to playing in a stadium with a retractable roof instead of a dome!

But, thankfully for the city and the ownership, it began to feel more like home in their second season in 2009 when they came close to having an undefeated season.

Their first loss was in week 14 against the New York Jets. A majority of the team’s starters were rested in the second half as the Jets came from behind to win the game 25-17.

Retractable Roof

Lucas Oil Stadium-Retractable Roof

HKS, Inc designed the look of the stadium with its retractable roof and retro look was also used in the design of Conseco Fieldhouse and theme of Hinkle Fieldhouse (on the Butler University campus). It was designed to sit at an angle with a large window facing the north to give visitors a great view of the downtown skyline.

The NFL has a rule that allows the home team to determine if the roof is going to be opened or closed for the game. The team has to decide 90 minutes before kickoff if they want it closed. The roof remains open unless rain, snow or lightning is in the area. One reason for this, the stadium has no drainage.

It can be closed if the temperature goes below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or wind gusts more than 40 mph. If that happens, the roof is automatically closed and will not be reopened.

Seating Capacity

Lucas Oil Stadium Seating

Lucas Oil Stadium seats 63,000 people for football games, but can be expanded to 70,000 for special events, such as hosting the Super Bowl. For basketball games more seating can be added on the floor and will exceed the 70,000 capacity of a football game. It was also the host of the 2010 Final Four where the hometown Butler Bulldogs lost by two points to the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils, 63-61.

Lucas Oil Stadium has 137 suites; 8 of those are located at field level.


Lucas Oil Stadium’s HDTV scoreboards are not quite as big as the one’s at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, but these screens are pretty large too. Each one is 97 feet wide and 53 feet tall. They’re located in the corners of the stadium and not directly over the field.


The stadium will play host to some annual events, including:

  • The NFL Scouting Combine in February of every year 
  • The Drum Corp International competition in August through 2018 (with a break in 2013)
  • The Circle City Classic, an annual football game featuring two historically black colleges/universities which will be played in October.

In addition to these events, the stadium hosted the semifinal and final rounds of the Men's Final Four in 2010, with the Women's Final Four scheduled to be hosted in 2011.

Historically, Indianapolis has been a popular choice for the Final Four. The NCAA has their headquarters there, and the Final Four is played there on a five-year rotation.

Other events include the Bands of America Grand National Championships and the Indiana Marching Band State Finals.

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