Saturday, August 16, 2008

New Colts stadium brings another game-time decision

The Indianapolis Colts will have a decision to make before each home game. And it has nothing to do with who's starting. The question will always be: Close roof or open roof.

The decision has to be made 90 minutes before kickoff. The first decision comes Aug. 24 when the Colts host the Buffalo Bills in a preseason game to open Lucas Oil Stadium. The retractable roof was included in the $720 million price tag.

Colts coach Tony Dungy told the Indianapolis Star, "Basically we want to have the roof open as much as we can. That's why we got it. We want to have it nice for the fans and have everybody enjoy it.''

The stadium is open for tours today. The Colts expect more than 100,000 people to pass through the stadium for five different tours. The first tour is set for 10 a.m., followed by tours at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Up to 20,000 will be allowed on each tour. According to the Indianapolis Star, tickets for each tour have been distributed and are expected to be used. The newspaper said the tours include:
  • The entire street-level concourse will be open, as will the Bud Light Terrace and Lucas Oil Plaza.
  • The field.
  • Field-level suites.
  • The Colts' locker room.
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