Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium – Stadium Information
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN opened on August 24, 2008. It is home to the Indianapolis Colts and has hosted the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship and the 2012 Super Bowl. It will host the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four.
Stadium features include a retractable roof so games may be played indoors or outdoors, two 97 x 53 ft HD scoreboards, 137 luxury suites, and artificial turf. Capacity is 63,000 – 70,000 for football and basketball.
Lucas Oil Stadium replaced the RCA Dome (originally the Hoosier Dome), which operated as home to the Indianapolis Colts from 1984 – 2007. Construction of Lucas Oil Stadium cost $750 million, half of which was publicly financed. In 2006 Lucas Oil purchased naming rights to the stadium through 2028 for $121.5 million.
Food Around the Lucas Oil Stadium
Zest-Exciting Food Creations 1134 E 54th St #H, Indianapolis, IN 46220. 317-466-1853. Best breakfast/brunch in town.
Santorini Greek Kitchen 1217 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203. 317-917-1117. Excellent Greek food in a fun, casual setting. Can get busy so call ahead for reservations or wait time.
Sangiovese Ristorante 4110 E 82nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46250. 317-596-0731. One of the best Italian restaurants in town and reasonably priced. Often have live music on weekends.
Recess 4907 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205. 317-925-7529. Indy’s take on modern dining. Casual atttire, nouveaux American cusine, and prix fixe menu.
Mo’s a Place for Steaks 47 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. 317-624-0720. Exactly what its name suggests in an upscale atmosphere.
St. Elmo’s 127 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225. 317-635-0636. Indianapolis’ signature restaurant, known for its red meat and sinus clearing shrimp cocktail. Don’t be surprised to see a few familiar faces if you’re visiting during an event weekend.
Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and has a population of 829,719. It is home to the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indiana Fever (WNBA), David Letterman, Larry Bird, Kurt Vonnegut, and Benjamin Harrison (23rd President of the United States). The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world and Indianapolis hosts the two largest single-day sporting events: The Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.
The intersection of Meridian St and Jackson Pl is the epicenter of Indianapolis nightlife (map here). Bars: Ike and Jonesy’s, Claddagh Irish Pub. Lounges/Clubs: Nicky Blane’s, Ice Ultra Lounge, and 6 Lounge. Dance bars: Tiki Bob’s, Have a Nice Day Cafe, and Subterra Lounge. Slippery Noodle Inn is steeped in Prohibition era history and hands down the place to go for live music.
Sports Bars Around Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is the largest airport in Indiana, located seven miles southest of downtown Indianapolis. Southwest Airlines accounts for the most passanges among major carriers (15-20%), other airlines at IND include American, Continental, Delta, and US Airways. Public transportation is limited to taxi cabs (Yellow Cab 317-487-7777) and a bus system managed by IndyGo.