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Indianapolis, Indiana - on a downtown site bounded on the north by South Street, on the east by Capitol Avenue, on the south by McCarty Street and on the west by Missouri Street.
A six-level stadium with a retractable roof seating 63,000 for football. It can be reconfigured to seat 70,000 or more for NCAA basketball, a Super Bowl and concerts. It covers 1.8 million square feet (over twice the size of Conseco Fieldhouse) with 137 suites.
The multi-purpose stadium is home to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, hosts NCAA Final Four and Regional men's and women's basketball games, and is used for major conventions, trade shows, IHSAA tournaments, national band competitions, local and national amateur sports events and events such as the annual Indiana Black Expo and Circle City Classic.
The Stadium is a project of the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority (ISCBA), an agency created by the Indiana General Assembly. the operation and management of the facility has been assumed by the Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County.
The stadium was designed by HKS of Dallas, Texas, with significant assistance from local design firms such as A2S04 and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf of Indianapolis and other Indiana design and engineering consultants.
The construction manager was Hunt Construction Group, Inc., of Indianapolis, assisted by the local firms of Smoot Construction and Mezzetta Construction. The project was constructed by dozens of trade contractors, mostly from Central Indiana.
The cost of the Stadium was $720 million. It was financed with funds raised jointly by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, with the Indianapolis Colts providing $100 million. Marion County raised taxes for food and beverage sales, auto rental taxes, innkeeper's taxes and admission taxes for its share of the costs. Meanwhile, a small increase in food and beverage taxes in six "donut' counties and the sale of Colts license plates completes the total.
In addition to retaining the Colts in Indianapolis through a new long-term contract, the new stadium has paved the way for another expansion of the Indiana Convention Center. Taken together, these projects are expected to create $2.25 billion in economic benefit to Central Indiana in 10 years and create some 4,200 new permanent jobs, as well as 4,900 construction jobs during the life of the projects.
130,000 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete
16,000 tons of steel
700 pieces of structural precast concrete
1,440 pieces of architectural precast
9,100 pieces of exterior glass
First of its kind SuperFrame Structural System
Unique two panel moving design--roof supported on five rails
Gabled roof with peak running north/south down center of field
176,400 square feet opening area
Long narrow panels "stack" over building and do not overhang or shadow the building facade
Operates on cable drum drives mounted to transporters
Approximate 9-11 minute opening and closing time
NFL rules for roof opening--home team determines if roof is to be opened or closed 90 minutes before kickoff. It remains opened/closed unless there are hazardous conditions (lightning, severe winds, etc.) Once closed the roof may not be reopened during the game.
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