Lucas Oil Stadium ranked No. 1 again

Game day atmosphere ranked the best for 4th straight year.

Lucas Oil Stadium continues to be No. 1 by one magazine’s standards.

The Indianapolis Colts’ game-day experience at the venue was recently named best in the league by Stadium Journey Magazine for the fourth consecutive year.

Rankings are based on several factors: including service, food and beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment and extras. Each category is rates from zero to five starts with five being the best. The overall score is called the “FANFARE Score.”

The Colts stadium had a 4.7 overall score, scoring five-star ratings in five of seven categories. Marc Viquez, magazine regional correspondent wrote the review.

Lucas Oil Stadium opened in 2008. The Colts have gone 43-16 including the playoffs at home.

Viquez writes of the stadium atmosphere: “There is not a bad seat in the house and the stadium is rather spacious when walking around the concourse or seating area. The retractable roof is mostly closed for home games and it helps trap in an ear piercing sound from the fans in their seats. However, the best part about attending the game is the small aesthetics that are eye pleasing for the visitor.

“The main entrance features a sound stage for pre game concerts that overlooks the football field. Fans line up around the stage or grab a drink and watch pre game practice on the field. Also, in this area is a collage of former Colts players and moments against the wall that is entitled "A House Built by Champions," featuring an homage to the state's car racing industry with various model cars hanging from the ceiling or featured on a stand. The wide open area serves as a town meeting hall for fans and you cannot help but to look around in awe if you are a first time patron.”

The magazine review can be read by clicking this Stadium Journey Magazine link.

The magazine is a web venture built around optimizing the experience of attending live sporting events. It provides tips and information through reviews of pro and college spots stadiums so that readers can experience the best of what a sports stadium offers on game day.

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