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Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, IN

Home of the Indianapolis Colts

4.7

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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The Blue Ribbon Continues To Go To Lucas Oil Stadium

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.

4.7

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

The best aspect of the concession menu at Lucas Oil Stadium is the pricing. There is nothing here that will cost over $10. There are the usual items that you would find at many other sports stadiums, with a few interesting twists as you meander the concourse. The quality is good, but with such a large concourse, it may be a good idea to consult the Colts fan guide, which can be picked up at the Guest Services kiosks near sections 121, 132, 330, 519, or 545.

Some of the more interesting items added for the 2015 season include mahi mahi po'boy sandwiches ($9), shredded pork banh-mi, and "super ultimate" garlic fries ($8).

There are more than 500 points of sale within Lucas Oil Stadium, so you should not expect lines to get too long.

There are too many individual items to mention them all in this space, but some of the recommended items include BBQ pork sandwich, pot roast sandwich, Johnsonville bratwursts, and Italian beef sandwich.

Coke products are available at most concession stands, and a souvenir-sized cup is $5.75. Bottled water ($3.50), and draft beers ($7.75) are also available at many of the fixed concession stands. If you are a fan of craft beers, you can find them at one of the Touchdown Tavern stands.

Atmosphere    5

With the exception of the 2011 season, the Colts have made the playoffs in every year since the opening of Lucas Oil Stadium. You can be sure that you will be seeing a competitive, if not playoff contending team when you attend a Colts game. This winning expectation only adds to the atmosphere at this stadium.

Lucas Oil Stadium is located just south of the heart of downtown Indianapolis, and the anticipation of kickoff can be felt when you walk the surrounding streets. Outside of the north gates, you'll find Touchdown Town, where fans will find many events and activities beginning three hours before kickoff.

Inside the stadium you'll find a live band performing pre game, and many fans dressed in blue Colts jerseys walking through the wide concourses. If you're a first time visitor, then stop by Guest Service to pick up a free souvenir.

Once you reach your seat, you'll find better than average legroom and cup holders at each place. There is no center hung monstrous scoreboard here like you might find at AT&T Stadium. Instead there are two 97x53 HD video screens on opposing corners of the stadium, providing replays and images. Each seat has a view of one or both of these screens, and their placement ensures a wide open viewing experience of the game play on the field.

Neighborhood    5

Indianapolis offers one of the best downtown sports scenes in the United States. Depending on the time of year you may be able to find other sporting events to supplement your thirst for live sporting events. During the pre-season, check out the schedule for the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates who play at nearby Victory Field. In the second half of the season, check the schedule of the Indiana Pacers who play at nearby Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Butler University is just about 10 miles to the north, and has the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse among its other varsity sports venues.

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 larger seating area and many of the same menu items, including the famous spicy shrimp cocktail. A newer restaurant and bar option is Tow Yard Brewery which serves craft beer, soft drinks and serves carnitas on waffle fries and alligator po' boy sandwiches.

If you are interested in a sports bar atmosphere, two local institutions are Kilroy's and Scotty's Brewhouse. You are also near a bevy of other craft breweries including Sun King, Indiana City, Two Deep, and Flat 12 Bierworks.

If you are interested in sightseeing, visit the city's canal walk, the state museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, State Capitol Building, 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 car or cab, but if you have the time, they are definitely worth spending a few hours during your stay in Indianapolis.

Fans    5

Indianapolis Colts fans are loyal, passionate, and loud. Best of all though, they are friendly and accommodating toward visiting fans who support the opposition. It seems like 80% of the spectators are wearing blue Colts jerseys with their player of choice from the current squad or the past.

You can be sure that there will be a full house at every Colts game. Since 2008, the lowest attendance by percent of capacity was 99.6% in 2011. You'll want to get your tickets as far advance as possible. If you decide to look on the second hand market, then consider using our ticket partner, Ticket Monster.

The fans will get particularly loud whenever the opposing offense faces third down. All fans will rise to their feet and make the snap as difficult as possible.

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 and there are more than enough various city and private lots to choose from 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 being able to get out quickly after the game.

Inside the stadium the concourses are wide and easy to navigate. There are plenty of restrooms, including 26 family restrooms, and each facility is clean. I was surprised that every restroom was not equipped with motion sensors on the sinks and toilets. That seems like an upgrade that could be made in the future. However, you won't see much of a line, even at halftime because of the abundance of restrooms.

The facility is very much handicap accessible as well, with plenty of ramps and elevators to get fans where they need to go. In 2014, the Colts have made changes to make the game day experience at Lucas Oil Stadium better for fans with autism as well.

Check out Parking Panda for some of the best parking options for the game. Use the promo code STADIUMJOURNEY10 for 10% off your first transaction.

Return on Investment    5

Single game tickets for games begin at $54 and conclude at $150 a seat; a bargain compared to other venues in the NFL, especially considering the quality of the experience and the level of play on the field. Tickets will generally be available on the secondhand market, but for above face value. With concession items priced from $10 and under, and parking easily found for $20 or less, this may still be an expensive trip for a family of four, but comparatively this is an investment that is well worth what you will experience at the game.

Extras    5

One extra point for the staff at Lucas Oil Stadium. This is a well trained crew that work well with each other, as well as the thousands of fans who move through the venue on game day. Everyone you encounter will seem friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in ensuring you enjoy your visit.

Another extra point for the banners that honor fans along the upper concourse. It is a great way to convey the message that the fans are an important part of the success of the franchise.

The view of the skyline through the north windows is excellent and provides a signature photo opportunity.

Indianapolis is also very famous for its connection to auto racing, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Inside the main entry plaza there is a significant nod to this history with various race cars, including funny cars hanging from the ceiling. It's a very impressive display and helps to remind you of the city you are visiting.

The Colts offer a mobile app that is compatible with Apple products, Blackberry, or Android devices, which gives fans real-time statistics. There is staff located on each concourse specifically devoted to helping fans use or download this app. The building also features free and strong Wi-Fi.

Final Thoughts

The Indianapolis Colts consistently provide one of the best stadium experiences in all of sports. Lucas Oil Stadium is a must-see destination, whether for a special event or to see the boys in blue. This is one stadium journey that will live up to the hype.

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!!

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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