AECOM Hunt served as CM for the 1,800,000 SF retractable roof Lucas Oil Stadium, in collaboration with Smoot Construction and Mezzetta Construction.
The project included the Lucas Oil Plaza, Quarterback Club, concessions, restrooms, locker rooms and loading docks. Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, NCAA basketball championships, major conventions and other events. The stadium can seat up to 63,000 for football, including 7,100 club seats and 150 suites, and 70,000 or more for other events.
Lucas Oil Stadium is more fan-friendly than its predecessor, with four wide exterior plazas with large entrances, wide public concourses, 14 escalators and 11 passenger elevators, wider seats and 148 concession stands.
The most outstanding of the many unique aspects of the stadium is a first-of-its-kind retractable roof that opens parallel with the sidelines rather than the end zones. The team accomplished substantial completion of the roof within a year. Construction required 10 lifts per side – from 200,000 to 230,000 pounds each, with the final figure weighing 14,400 tons. The first-of-its-kind SuperFrame structural system comprises two bi-parting rigid panels that create a 176,400 SF opening centered on the playing field, measuring approximately 300 feet by 588 feet.