AECOM Hunt served as Construction Manager for Lucas Oil Stadium, in collaboration with Smoot Construction and Mezzetta Construction. The 1,800,000-square-foot retractable roof stadium consists of 63,000 seats, including 7,100 club seats and 150 suites. The project also 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 and 70,000 or more for other events, including concerts, major conventions, trade shows, national band competitions, and local and national amateur sports.
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, 148 concession stands, and 1,400 toilet fixtures.
The most outstanding of the many unique aspects of the stadium is a first-of-its-kind retractable roof that bisects parallel with the sidelines – not the end zones as in previous applications. The team began the roof installation in the fall of 2006 and substantially completed it a year later. Lifting 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-square foot opening centered on the playing field, measuring approximately 300 feet by 588 feet.