Lucas Oil Stadium 500 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Stadium Review
Lucas Oil Stadium opened on August 24, 2008 with a pre-season game versus the Buffalo Bills. The first regular season NFL game took place on September 7, 2008 versus the Chicago Bears. The stadium hosted the 2009 AFC Championship game on January 24, 2010.

Some major sporting events have already been planned for Lucas Oil Stadium. It will host the Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. It will also host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in 2010 and 2015 and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in 2011 and 2016.

Depending on which direction you are driving from there are different exits you should take. If you are on I-65 (from Chicago) take exit 114. If you are on I-70 (from Cincinnati) take exit 79A.

Parking and Tailgating
While there are “official” parking lots for Lucas Oil Stadium, there are many independent lots in downtown Indianapolis that are only a short walk to the stadium. If you want to tailgate before the game you will need to park in one of the stadium parking lots.

However, if you are looking for cheaper parking and want to eat at a restaurant or bar before the game rather than tailgate, look to park in one of the downtown parking lots. Most downtown parking lots range from $10 to $20 on game days.

Location of Ticket Scalpers
Ticket scalpers are all over downtown Indianapolis on Colts game days. The closer you get to the stadium the more scalpers are congregated. The main corner where scalpers stand is the corner of W. South St. and S. Capitol Ave. There will probably be quite a few extra tickets for the game so with some good negotiating you should be able to buy a seat for under face value even if the scalper’s price starts out two or three times that much.

Recommended Restaurants
A. Ambrossia Centro 15 East Maryland St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 635-3096
serves Italian
B. St. Elmo Steak House 127 South Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 635-0636
C. Harry & Izzy’s 153 South Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 635-9594
Recommended Brunch Place
D. Patachou on the Park 225 West Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 632-0765
Brunch within a few blocks of the stadium
Recommended Bars
E. The Ugly Monkey 373 S Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 636-8459
Do NOT come here as a visiting fan
F. Slippery Noodle Inn 372 South Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 631-6968
Indiana's Oldest Bar - Established 1850


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