For the second year in a row, Lucas Oil Stadium was rated as the #1 overall sports venue in the country by Stadium Journey Magazine. Said Paul Swaney, president and co-founder of Stadium Journey, “We looked at over 1,200 different stadiums when considering this pool. So to come out on top, you’ve got to do just about everything right.”
Among the top reasons Swaney cites great fans, friendly and knowledgeable staff and ample room seating room. Swaney’s review of Lucas Oil Stadium came during the Colts only home loss of the season, to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Coming in at second place was Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The rankings are independent of a team’s win-loss record.
Stadium Journey employs around 90 writers in 15 countries around the world. For 2012, they visited and reviewed 1,225 stadiums before deciding on Lucas Oil Stadium.
Since its grand opening on August 24, 2008 the retractable roof stadium, with its large windowed gate at the northern end and retro architectural styling, has served as a nice complement to other similarly styled venues in downtown Indianapolis, such as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the Pepsi Coliseum.
The stadium can seat as many as 70,000 fans when expanded for larger events such as the NCAA Final Four. It boasts a total of 137 luxury suites, 8 field suites and 12 super suites, in addition to the 200-seat, semi-private Quarterback Suite.