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Lucas Oil Stadium Named Best of 2011

By Paul Swaney -- February 03, 2012 11:50 AM EST

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It may have been a down year for the Indianapolis Colts franchise with the injury to Peyton Manning and the subsequent 2-14 record, but at least the Colts still have their beautiful new stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium.

In a year where the expert Stadium Journey Correspondents reviewed nearly 750 stadiums around the world, Lucas Oil Stadium ranked #1. The full Top 100 rankings has been released in the current edition of Stadium Journey Magazine, published in late January.

Opened in 2008, Lucas Oil Stadium has already hosted the 2010 Final Four, and AFC Championship game in 2009, and the inaugural Big Ten Championship in 2011. In February, the Oil Can will host Super Bowl XLVI, and is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2015.

Indianapolis is already one of the best, if not the best sports town in the United States. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is an outstanding basketball arena, and home to the Pacers, and Hinkle Fieldhouse is an absolute gem of a gym. There's also an outstanding minor league baseball venue in Victory Field, and of course the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, among other racing events.

As for Lucas Oil Stadium, it is a perfectly situated downtown stadium with access to a plethora of bars and restaurants, plenty of parking, and easy access to the freeways. Inside, you will likely find a band playing in the concourse when you enter, and an equally electrifying, yet intelligent and respectful fan base.

With the exception of the 2011 season, the Colts have consistently put a good product on the field, and have the perfect stadium to complement it. A trip to Lucas Oil Stadium should be on every sports fans must-see list.

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