Whether you are a fair-weathered fan of your hometown team or a die-hard sports fan, a tour of the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, does not disappoint. I first heard of this stadium from my husband. He first visited for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Our home team, the New York Giants, played the New England Patriots that year, so the guys decided to take a road trip out to Indy to see the game.
I never heard the end of that visit to Lucas Oil Stadium either, not so much because the Giants won, and he had a great time at a bucket list event, but moreso because he was so amazed at how beautiful the stadium was! (Granted, this was partly due to the fact that New York opened its new stadium in 2010, and it was not a hit with us at all. He wondered why New York couldn’t build a similar stadium). So when I had the chance to visit Indianapolis, I was thrilled to hear that tours were offered at this “state-of-the-art” stadium so I could see what all the hubbub was about.
The stadium offers both public and private tours. Public tours are the most cost effective way of seeing the stadium at just $10/person, but they are only offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, three times a day (11AM, 1PM and 3PM). If you happen to be in Indy on one of these days, tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Simply walk up to the ticket office window, buy your ticket, and wait to meet your tour guide inside the pro shop.
If you are visiting Indy on another day, you can arrange for a private tour as long as it is not on an event day. Private tours require a minimum of 2 people and can be arranged for a fee of $50 plus the regular tour price of $10 per person (children and seniors’ tours are at a reduced price). Two weeks advance reservation is requested.
The tour lasts about one hour. Your first stop will be the main hall, Lucas Oil Plaza. This is easily the main entrance as its doors face the central downtown area where all the bars, restaurants and hotels are located and more than 65% of fans enter through this plaza. It’s a grand entrance too, with a horseshoe stage greeting fans, and race cars on display.
You’ll also get a chance to walk on the field, visit the Colts locker room, the press box, a luxury box, and the Party Zone. I especially liked the Party Zone. It’s on the upper level overlooking the endzone, and it has a wall of windows offering a beautiful view of the Indy skyline. Our guide told us that many fans make their way to this area at some point during a game to grab a drink, take in the view, and mingle with other fans. I have a feeling it might be the funnest place in the stadium on game day, and I hope to experience it the next time the NY Giants are on the Colts home schedule.
Along with seeing many areas that are generally not accessible to the public, you’ll also learn a lot of interesting tidbits about Lucas Oil Stadium. Do you know how they determine if the roof is going to be open for a game? Do you know how all that draught beer is stored and how it gets fed up to the beer stands on game day? Yeah, I figured you didn’t … so you should take the tour!
Souvenirs from The Pro Shop
Lucas Oil Stadium has a pretty large Pro Shop offering something for everyone in the family (even for your fur babies). I couldn’t resist shopping while I waited for my tour. Although I’m not a Colts fan, I just loved the ladies’ blinged out baseball caps and picked up the “Glam Horseshoe” cap. As a beach bum, I can never have enough baseball caps to wear to the beach!
Have you been to Lucas Oil Stadium? Do you agree it’s one of the nicest stadiums in the country? What’s your favorite stadium? Leave a comment below.