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Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, IN

Home of the Indianapolis Colts

4.7

4.5

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 Center of Downtown Indianapolis

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.

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

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. In between are various delicious delights that are very savvy for a football game.

You have your choice of barbecue, stir fry, pork tenderloin sandwiches, gyros, gourmet burgers and burritos and cheesesteak sandwiches. One of my favorites was the corn relish topped hot dog and it was a bargain at only $4.75.

Make your selection carefully, since there are copious options at the stadium. These options should appeal to even the most finicky of fans.

Atmosphere    5

There is not a bad seat in the house and the stadium is rather spacious when walking around the concourse or seating area. The retractable roof is mostly closed for home games and it helps trap in an ear piercing sound from the fans in their seats. However, the best part about attending the game is the small aesthetics that are eye pleasing for the visitor.

The main entrance features a sound stage for pregame concerts that overlooks the football field. Fans line up around the stage or grab a drink and watch pre game 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," featuring an homage to the state's car racing industry with various model cars hanging from the ceiling or featured on a stand. The wide open area serves as a town meeting hall for fans and you cannot help but to look around in awe if you are a first time patron.

Once the game has started, the fans are pretty vocal, especially when the visiting team is on 3rd down. 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 the two massive HD scoreboards in each corner of the facility.

On the upper deck are banners of actual season ticket holders and several more concession stands. In this area the view of the field and the city (when the roof is open) can be magnificent. However, wherever you are in the venue, there will never be a bad seat to view the game. The aisles are roomy with plenty of leg space. It is a friendly stadium that creates an atmosphere that fans want to relive again and again.

Neighborhood    5

Lucas Oil Stadium is located in downtown Indianapolis and only a few blocks south of the city's center. 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 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

Colts fans have embraced their team feverishly over the past decade here in Indiana. They are a dedicated group of people who have been witness to only two losing seasons since 1999. They wear blue to work on Fridays the day before games, get together with fans for viewing parties at the comfort of their home and the grocery stores are empty during games on Sunday all over the city and surrounding area. 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 they are always donning the colors of "speed" blue.

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.

Return on Investment    5

Single game tickets for games begin at $50 and conclude at $136 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. There is no doubt that an NFL game experience is an investment, but this is one investment that is well worth the money you will spend.

Extras    5

The Colts receive extra points for the friendliness of staff. I am always amazed that all sports facilities aren't filled with helpful and friendly staff, but the fact is it just isn't the case. I interacted with at least 20 different staff members during my most recent visit at Lucas Oil Stadium, and each one was friendly and helpful. The Colts should be commended for the training and selection of their game day team.

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 Wi-Fi.

The Guest Services booth offers giveaways to fans who are attending their first Colts game, or who are celebrating a birthday. It is always a good idea to stop by Guest Relations when you visit a new venue, and Lucas Oil Stadium is no exception. Fans here are honored as well with small banners throughout the concourse featuring a fan dressed in Colts' clothing and indicating the initial year the fan bought season tickets. Great to see this and other teams should take note.

The view of the skyline through the North windows is excellent and provide a signature photo opportunity.

TVs on the concourse are located in giant Colts helmets, a neat idea.

Final Thoughts

Lucas Oil Stadium is a fantastic venue, with the emphasis on the fans. The club makes sure that the people who support them are treated properly from the beginning of the game day experience to the end. There are so many thoughtful touches here, and that along with the superb location and friendly staff make it a must-see venue. This is one of the best sports stadium experiences in the country and should be on an NFL fans bucket list, especially as the team is well on its way to becoming an attraction in itself.

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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by Patten | Aug 23, 2014 01:07 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!

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