Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis: Home Of the Final Four

Collin CooperCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2010

The 2010 NCAA Final Four will be in held at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, but the Circle City is no stranger to the Final Four as this is its fifth time playing host.

This multi-sport facility's main tenant is the Indianapolis Colts, but from April 3-5 it may be hard to tell. The Final Four is expected to draw over 70,000 fans from all over the country.

Unlike most the the host stadiums, Lucas Oil was designed with this specific event in mind. The court will be directly in the center of the building, which should provide much better sight lines for fans—unlike most domes that place the court in one of the end-zones (seating chart ).

This city has shown it knows how to host this event being selected approximately every five years—a frequency that might be influenced by the fact that the NCAA headquarters are located in Indianapolis.

The Final Four's return trip to the Lucas Oil Stadium will occur again in 2015 along with 2011 and 2016 Final Fours for the Women.

  • Lucas Oil Stadium opened in 2008 and in home of the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Construction costs for the new stadium ran $720 Million.
  • Seats 63,000 for Football games and can be expanded to 70,000.

  • Gabled Roof is retractable (9 minutes to open).
  • Movable glass wall in the end-zone (offers views of downtown Indy).
  • The two Scoreboards measure 97 by 53 feet (angled of to the side).

  • Roof closes automatically if there is nearby precipitation (Indoors is not weatherproof).
  • Part of a large convention center project in downtown Indy.
  • Playing surface is FieldTurf.

  • Will host Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
  • Home of the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2015 and the Women's in 2011 and 2016.
  • Facility used for the NFL Combine.


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