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Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, IN

Home of the Indianapolis Colts

4.6

4.6

Lucas Oil Stadium (map it)
500 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225


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Year Opened: 2008

Capacity: 62,421

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Lucas Oil Stadium Continues to Impress

Lucas Oil Stadium opened in downtown Indianapolis in 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts and is one of the centerpieces of not only the city, but for the National Football League (NFL). It is a stadium, with a true downtown feel with bars, hotels, restaurants and nightlife just a few steps away from the main entrance. It’s design also blends well with the surrounding area, but stands out magnificently from passersby off nearby I-70.

The $720,000 million stadium features a retractable roof with a spectacular view of downtown when open, synthetic field turf, 137 private suites and seats 62, 421 people for football games. Whether the roof is open or not during a game is made 90 minutes prior kickoff, but fans are advised well before that. The roof takes only 11 minutes to open or close and when it's open, the stadium has natural air conditioning and a wide-open view of the skies and downtown buildings.

Perhaps the best part of attending the game is the fan experience that takes place outside the stadium. The downtown streets are packed in a sea of blue, nearby Georgia Street is open for pedestrians only allowing fans to openly carry alcoholic drinks in a cup, and Touchdown Town just footsteps from the main entrance provides live music, skills tests for kids, food samples, and more good times. Even if you are not a fan of the Colts, you would be hard pressed not to say you had a great time attending the game.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are 59 permanent concession stands and 90 portable concession stands with more than 500 points of sale located throughout the stadium featuring an array of impressive food options; so many, that perhaps it is best to visit a few of them before making your final decision. The prices range from $4 for a hot dog all the way to $12 for a steak sandwich and in between are various delicious delights that are very savvy for a football game.

You have your basics here that include hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, and pizza. However, there are your non traditional favorites of Italian Beef, Beef and Cheddar, and barbecue pork sandwiches. On the lighter side the menu options include Mandarin chicken salad, hummus and veggies, Baja chicken wrap, and antipasti salad. The Colts Nation dog is another winner that features jalapeno slaw topped on a grilled chicken sausage.

The best pick might be one of the Italian grinders or shredded pork banh mi sandwiches that are tasty and come in at a nice price. Wash it down with a Coca-Cola product or pint of locally made Sun King Beer and you have yourself a nice little meal during the game.

Atmosphere    5

The stadium is located in downtown and the streets are live in speed blue walking up and down the packed streets. Touchdown Town is a definite must to spend one or two hours prior to the game for the live music, skills games, and drinks. You may even want to visit a few of the local bars and eateries for a drink or bite to eat, or just hang out on Georgia Street with fellow Colts fans for one ultimate hangout destination.

Once inside, there is not a bad seat in the house in the spacious building. The main entrance features a sound stage for pregame concerts that overlooks the football field. Fans line up around the stage or watch pregame practice on the field. Also, in this area is a collage of former Colts' players and moments against the wall that is entitled "A House Built by Champions," that features an homage to the state's car racing industry with various model cars hanging from the ceiling or featured by itself on a stand. The wide open area serves as a town meeting hall for fans and you cannot help but look around in awe if you are a first time patron.

Once the game has started, the fans are pretty vocal when the visiting team is on their 3rd down of the play. The Colt faithful listens enthusiastically as the opening of AC/DC's "Hells Bells" is played over the sound system-hopefully it will thwart the opposing side's current drive and return the ball back to the Colts. Fans are also entertained by two massive HD scoreboards in each corner of the facility.

Neighborhood    5

You are within walking distances of nearly 50 different places to eat, drink and dance. With so many selections, which one should you choose? I would suggest Forty Five Degrees on Mass Ave. for the best sushi in the city and it is half off on Sunday evenings. Harry & Izzy's is the spin off restaurant of St. Elmo's Steakhouse that features a larger seating area and many of the same menu items - including the famous spicy shrimp cocktail.

There is also a Primanti Brothers restaurant located at Circle Centre Mall a few blocks north offering the same 'bigger than your mouth' sandwiches. Kilroy's and Scotty's Brewhouse are two local institutions that are favorites among Colts Nation that should keep the good times afloat after the game.

If you are interested in sightseeing, visit the city's canal walk, the state museum, NCAA Hall of Champions or the Benjamin Harrison Home. If you have the time, the neighborhoods of Fountain Square, Broad Ripple Village and Mass. Ave. feature even more dining and entertainment options. These areas require a cab, but if you have the time, they are definitely worth spending a few hours at during your stay in Indianapolis.

My suggestion is to check out the hip, vibrant, and up and coming Fountain Square neighborhood. It's just an Uber ride away from the stadium or a 2 mile walk. Here you can enjoy craft beer at Chili Water or Fountain Square Brewing, video games at Tappers, Cajun food at B's Po Boys, giant burgers at Kuma's Corner, or duckpin bowling in a retro atmosphere.

Fans    5

The Colt fan has embraced their team feverishly the past decade here in Indiana. They are a dedicated group of people who are not prone to losing seasons this century. They wear blue to work on Fridays the day before games, get together with fans for viewing parties at the comfort of home and the grocery stores are empty during games. At the stadium, the fans pack the stadium and cheer on their home team through various methods of face painting or dressing up like animals, but always donning the colors of "speed" blue. Indiana is a basketball state, but Indianapolis has vastly become a football town the past two decades.

Access    4

Lucas Oil Stadium is a downtown football venue that stands comfortably off the interstate. The imposing structure is easily visible off of I-70. Various city and private parking lots are available as you make your way to the game. These lots range from $20-$30 and if you are lucky, you many find free parking at the meters on Sundays. If you do a little more searching and feel like walking, there are cheaper options north of the stadium off of Meridian, Pennsylvania and Capitol Streets. However, for $20, you cannot complain about parking close to the venue and getting out quickly after the game.

Plenty of bathrooms are clearly marked along the concourse, but it can get crowded during halftime.

Return on Investment    5

Single game tickets for games begin at $50 and conclude at $166 a seat; a bargain compared to other venues in the NFL. This does mean you can purchase tickets the day of the game, but give yourself some time to find some of the best prices in the league.

Extras    4

One point for the well trained staff that makes everyone feel welcomed and will answer most of your questions. Don't be afraid to listen to them or enjoy one of the virtual reality kiosks in the stadium.

A second point for the banners that honor season ticket holders along the upper concourse. Each banner features a face and year they have been season ticket holders for the Colts. You can't help feeling giddy being a part of the team with your very own banner.

A third point for the powerful wi-fi connection and a mobile amp that give fans real-time statistics during the game.

A final point for the pregame atmosphere that includes Touchdown Town, Georgia Street, and pregame concerts inside the facility.

Final Thoughts

Lucas Oil Stadium has consistently ranked as one of the best stadium experiences in all of sports, taking the top spot on the Stadium Journey 2012 best stadium experiences list. It has been our highest ranked NFL stadium experience every year since 2011 when we began publishing our annual ranking. Believe us and come check out a game for yourself.

Other than good natured ribbing by Colts fans. I t is magnificent. But do miss old dome. Jets fans o

Other than good natured ribbing by Colts fans. I t is magnificent. But do miss old dome. Jets fans out rank Cincinnati as bad fans.

by colts48 | Oct 15, 2010 11:31 AM

Detroit

Ford Field in Detroit hosted Super Bowl 40, which was between Minneapolis and Indy.

by ghenson | Oct 05, 2012 04:08 PM

@ghenson

Thanks. Missed that one. Updated article...

by paul | Oct 05, 2012 06:17 PM

@ghenson?

Detroit hosted Pittsburgh and Seattle. Indianapolis played their 2 Super Bowls in Miami, against Chicago and New Orleans.

by 19mike59 | Oct 05, 2012 06:59 PM

Yup

This is by far the best stadium in the NFL, even if it does look like a barn on the outside. I'm extremely proud to be a die-hard Colts fan.

by terrifyingtoads | Oct 10, 2012 04:33 PM

indy

This stadium is the coolest looking stadium ever I have been to soooo many Colts games and i have not had one bad experience.Tailgating s very fun too because the fans there are amazing.

by imax1234 | Dec 16, 2012 10:26 AM

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Crowd Reviews

A Great Sea of Blue

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Opened in 2008, at the eye-popping cost of $720M, Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the absolute jewels of professional sports stadiums, located in perhaps the best downtown sports cities in the country.

In 2009, Stadium Journey named Lucas Oil Stadium as the best stadium in the NFL, and our return visits in 2010 and 2011 lived up to those expectations.

The stadium generally has a capacity of 63,000, but that can be extended to 70,000 for special events such as the Super Bowl (to be hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012) and the NCAA Final Four (which will return to Indianapolis in 2015). Super Bowl XLVI will be hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 with the New England Patriots taking on the New York Giants.

The amazing thing about Lucas Oil Stadium is that it manages to feel immense and intimate at the same time. It is the second smallest NFL home field, next to Chicago's Soldier Field, yet it feels overwhelmingly large. The walk down the ramp from the top level to the bottom took me 15 minutes, and I move fairly briskly. This is important to know, because if you choose to go up the escalator, that escalator is up only until the start of the 4th quarter, so getting down will take some time.

It is an architectural marvel with its retractable roof and sliding window wall on the north end of the stadium, which looks out to downtown Indianapolis.

Lucas Oil Stadium- Showcasing Indianapolis Sport

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is one of the country's newest venues, opening just in time for the Colts' 2008 NFL season. This beautiful building, constructed across the street from where its predecessor (the RCA Dome) once sat, holds 63,000 screaming Colts fans (about 62,500 of which seem to be wearing Peyton Manning #18 jerseys) for eight regular-season home games every year.

Notable features of the stadium include a large window at one end (that can be opened to give more of an outdoor feel as well as provide a scenic view of downtown ) and a two-panel retractable roof, which the Colts can decide up until 90 minutes before kickoff if they would prefer to be closed or open. (That's some serious home-field advantage!)

My first visit to Lucas Oil Stadium was for a preseason game in August 2009. I left impressed, to say the least.

go peyton

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

enemy of the patriots are my friends jason says coltys are the epitimany of the evils in our world and they do not have a stadium with a 4.6 rating but should have 1 with a negative 4.6 rating

go peyton

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

enemy of the patriots are my friends jason says coltys are the epitimany of the evils in our world and they do not have a stadium with a 4.6 rating but should have 1 with a negative 4.6 rating

go peyton

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

enemy of the patriots are my friends jason says coltys are the epitimany of the evils in our world and they do not have a stadium with a 4.6 rating but should have 1 with a negative 4.6 rating

True Blue

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Indianapolis has the best downtown sports scene in the United States. Every venue in Indianapolis is top notch, and a trip to see the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium is no different. In fact, it may be the best sports experience in the world. That may seem like hyperbole, but go to a Colts game and you will agree that it is a top notch venue.

Lucas Oil Stadium opened in time for the 2008 season. It is the second smallest venue in the NFL in terms of overall capacity (62,421), but can be expanded for events up to 70,000 fans. The stadium has already hosted a Final Four (2010), and will once again host the college basketball event in 2015. The stadium is also the host of the Big Ten Football Championship game through 2015.

Lucas Oil Stadium was host to the 2012 Super Bowl. For as new as this facility it is, there is already plenty of history here.

The venue has a retractable roof with a window that opens to a view of downtown Indianapolis. The decision of whether or not the roof is open is made at least 90 minutes before kickoff, although the team will try to make the decision and announce to fans somewhere between 2-3 hours before kickoff. The roof is able to open or close in under 11 minutes. The goal is for fans to know whether or not they may want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt with them or leave it in the car.

Absolutely FANtastic!

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Bow down the rest of the league :)

indy

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

the best stadium ever

Awesome

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

It's the symphony of perfection

very awesome

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

You cant miss out on Lucas oil stadium.The food is not great but thats why there are a lot of restraunts and fast food places to eat and thats why you should tailgate before the game.The atmosphere is great because the stadium is so big and loud and because it get so cold in Indianapolis the roof will close if it rains or if its to cold.You want t catch a game when its nice out so the roof will be open and you can look out the big windows at the Indy skyline.The fans are great because they are polite and they always sell out and they always stay even if its a blow out.They are very loud which always makes it feel like you are at a football game.Parking is good because there is a huge parking lot on each side on the stadium and there are parking garages in the area and they are not to expensive.The stadium is also very good for visitors because of I-70 and that makes things so much easier for visitors.Getting tickets is another thing because tickets are either sold out or they are way to expensive to go.tickets range from50-350$.Overall Lucas oil stadium is one of the best places to see a foot ball game.

really???

Total Score: 0.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 0
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 0
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 0
  • Extras: 0

My cell phone was stolen after being in a 40 yard line suite! Completely unacceptable and ridiculous!!!!!

Lucky Horseshoes

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Indianapolis has the best downtown sports scene in the United States. Every venue in Indianapolis is top notch, and a trip to see the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium is no different. In fact, it may be the best sports experience in the world. That may seem like hyperbole, but go to a Colts game and you will agree that it is a top notch venue.

Maintaining the downtown location, but including a retractable roof means that Lucas Oil Stadium is perfect not only for football but for many other events, including the 2010 Final Four. The stadium is also the host of the Big Ten Football Championship game through 2015. Of course, the highlight was Super Bowl XLVI held here in 2012.

The venue's retractable roof has a window that opens to a view of downtown Indianapolis. The decision of whether or not the roof is open is made at least 90 minutes before kickoff, although the team will try to make the decision and announce to fans somewhere between 2-3 hours before kickoff. The roof is able to open or close in under 11 minutes. The goal is for fans to know whether or not they may want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt with them or leave it in the car.

Lucas Oil Stadium has been named the best stadium experience in 2011 and 2012 by Stadium Journey Magazine.

Best NFL Stadium

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Upgrade the scoreboards and you have a perfect 10!

The Center of Downtown Indianapolis

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Lucas Oil Stadium debuted in 2008 for the Indianapolis Colts and is one of the centerpieces of not only the city of Indianapolis, but for the National Football League (NFL). The stadium has a true downtown feel with bars, hotels, restaurants and nightlife just a few steps away from the main entrance. Perhaps without the success of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the stadium might not have ever been constructed.

The $720 million stadium features a retractable roof with a sprawling view of downtown when open, synthetic field turf, 137 private suites and a capacity for 62,421 people for football games. The design of the facility also blends in with existing buildings and nearby factories that once dominated the landscape in this part of town. It does not look flashy, futuristic or artistic in design, but fits in snugly in its surroundings.

Maintaining the downtown location, but including a retractable roof means that Lucas Oil Stadium is perfect not only for football but for many other events, including the 2010 Final Four. The stadium is also the host of the Big Ten Football Championship game through 2015. Of course, the highlight was Super Bowl XLVI held here in 2012.

The venue's retractable roof has a window that opens to a view of downtown Indianapolis. The decision of whether or not the roof is open is made at least 90 minutes before kickoff, although the team will try to make the decision and announce to fans somewhere between 2-3 hours before kickoff. The roof is able to open or close in under 11 minutes. The goal is for fans to know whether or not they may want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt with them or leave it in the car.

Lucas Oil Stadium has been named the best stadium experience in 2011 and 2012 by Stadium Journey Magazine.

Lucas Oil

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

GREAT!!

The Blue Ribbon Continues To Go To Lucas Oil Stadium

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Lucas Oil Stadium opened in 2008 in downtown Indianapolis to serve primarily as the home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. It has quickly become one of the most significant venues in all of sports, hosting events as varied as the NCAA Final Four (2010 and 2015), Super Bowl (2012), Big Ten football championship game (annually since 2011), NFL combine, Indiana High School football championships, concerts, supercross events, and more.

The stadium has a capacity of just 62,421 for Colts games, making it the fourth smallest capacity in the NFL (behind Soldier Field, O.co Coliseum, and TCF Bank Stadium).The small seating capacity is one of the best decisions made in the design process. While this facility is immense, it feels roomy and intimate.

Lucas Oil Stadium has consistently ranked as one of the best stadium experiences in all of sports, taking the top spot on the Stadium Journey 2012 best stadium experiences list. It has been our highest ranked NFL stadium experience every year since 2011 when we began publishing our annual ranking.

The venue's retractable roof has a window that opens to a view of downtown Indianapolis. The decision of whether or not the roof is open is made at least 90 minutes before kickoff, although the team will try to make the decision and announce to fans somewhere between 2-3 hours before kickoff. The roof is able to open or close in under 11 minutes. The goal is for fans to know whether or not they may want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt with them or leave it in the car. It’s the only retractable roof in the NFL that opens sideline to sideline.

Lucas Oil Stadium offers a near perfect game day experience. Here you’ll find outstanding fans, a fantastic downtown location, energetic game day experience, reasonable pricing, and some of the friendliest game day staff that you will ever encounter. It all comes together to create one of the best stadium experiences on the planet.

Great Venue

Total Score: 4.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Went to my first game at Lucas Oil Stadium and was very impressed with all aspects of the stadium. Food choices were good, Atmosphere is great (Colts vs. Houston for the AFC south lead), Downtown Indy has everything you need to a great experience. Fans were amazing, very into the team even with it being a down year. I enjoyed the overall experience of the stadium.

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