Thursday, August 7, 2008

BAM! You can kiss the RCA Dome goodbye -- starting in September

The RCA Dome, home of the Indianapolis Colts, will die a slow death. Starting in September, the 16 fans that supply air for the dome will be turned off. No big deal to you, but for the dome's ceiling it's everything. The Indianapolis Star writes that the ceiling will collapse within 30 minutes of the air being cut off.

An implosion in December will end the RCA Dome's life. But in the meantime, the RCA Dome will be torn down slowly. According to the newspaper, "Even the dome's fabric roof will be preserved and sold as memorabilia -- $60 for an 8.5-by-4-inch swath." And for you green fans, 80 percent of the stadium will be recycled.

Lucas Oil Stadium will be the new home of the Colts. The RCA Dome has been the home of Colts ever since they left Baltimore in the middle of the night in 1984. It was very similar to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. It was called the Hoosier Dome until 1994 when RCA bought the naming rights. The stadium, which seats 57,980 for football, saw its last game when the Colts lost to the San Diego Chargers, 28-24, Jan. 13, 2008.

The Lucas Oil Stadium will seat 63,000. Interestingly, it will have the second smallest seating in the NFL. The Chicago Bears' Soldiers Field seats just 61,000. The first game at the new stadium will pit the Colts against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, August 24, at 8:00 p.m. in an exhibition game.

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