Colts - RCA Dome
|100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46254
| RCA Dome
| Indianapolis Colts
| Artificial Turf
Prior to moving to Indianapolis
after the 1983 season, the Colts played in Baltimore. The Baltimore
Colts had played in Baltimore since 1953, at Memorial Stadium,
also the home of the Baltimore Orioles (MLB). Before the Colts
decided to move to Indianapolis, the city already had a dome
stadium under construction in 1982. The city decided to build
the stadium because of its adaptability to accommodate a variety
of events, including football. Meanwhile in Baltimore, the Colts
were dissatisfied with the conditions of Memorial Stadium and
decided to move to Indianapolis after the 1983 NFL season. Originally
named the Hoosier Dome, grand opening ceremonies took place
on May 3, 1984.
Colts first game at the RCA/Hoosier Dome was on September
2, 1984. The RCA/Hoosier Dome is very similar to the Metrodome
in Minneapolis. The roof of the stadium consists of Teflon
coated fiberglass. Two tiers of 60,000 seats circle the entire
Astroturf playing field. In 1994, RCA bought the naming rights
to the stadium, thus it was renamed the RCA Dome.
The RCA Dome was not built primarily
for football, but for conventions and trade shows. Other than
being the home of the Colts, the RCA Dome hosts concerts,
large banquets, religious assemblies, and various sporting
events including the NCAA Final Four. In December 2004, the
Colts announced that they would move out of the RCA Dome and
into a new stadium to be built in downtown Indianapolis for
the 2008 season.
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