Lucas Oil has a very open feel even when the roof is closed - so you won't get that claustrophic feeling other indoor stadiums can have. The concourses are a decent size, especially near each end zone, where you get a view of the field and plenty of room to move. The lower, main concourse is littered with Lucas Oil memorabilia (fake gas pumps, model cars, etc) which gives a bit of an amusement park feel, which is fun albeit a little cheesy. We found it to be clean and easy to navigate. Just beware - if you're on the terrace (upper) level, the line to get on the escalator just before kick off will be a bit of a traffic jam.
Most large concessions stands will carry some menu items other than traditional burgers and hot dogs like Homestyle Pot Roast Sandwiches and BBQ Pork Sandwiches (Funny Car Cafe at Lucas Oil Gate entrance and any Gridiron Grill stand). But if you are just a hot dog, burger, wings kind of fan, do check out the Sweet Baby Ray's Sauces they have at the condiment stations like Barbecue, Cajun, or Buffalo.
On the healthier side, Grilled Chicken Breasts can be found at any Gridiron Grill and QB Sack Snacks and there's a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad offered at Defense Deli (Sec 127).
Veggie Burgers are offered at a few stands throughout (check Oil Can Grill, QB Sneak Snacks at Sec 121 or Gridiron Grill at Sec 604). The concessions staff may look at you like you're crazy when you order one, but they're actually pretty tasty. Also, at Defense Deli (Sec 127) there's a Veggie Sandwich which is also good.
One of our favorite new items found at a few stadiums around the country is the Walking Taco - and you can grab one for only $5 at any Blue Cantina portable stand (numerous locations)
You can find brews like Bass, Stella, Blue Moon, and Shock Top on tap at Backfield Brews stands - although each stand has different options. A couple have Upland - a local beer - on tap. Look for those at stands near sections 108 and 132. As for bottled beer, you can get Heineken, Bud Light Lime, Corona, or O'Doul's at numerous Touchdown Tavern or Bakcfield Brew locations. Regular Draft Beer (Coors, Bud, Miller) is only 50 cents cheaper than a premium draft, so go nuts and splurge for that Upland if you're in the mood.
They do have a couple of Bottoms Up Draught stands - the new device that fills beer from the bottom up in about 4 seconds. They serve only Budweiser products and it's pretty neat to watch. Just make sure you don't accidently tap the magnet on the bottom of your cup, or your beer will spill all over you. It will also cost you about 50 cents more. So once you've seen the gimmick - head anywhere else and get a macrobrew at regular price. If the beer lines elsewhere are long, we can pretty much guarantee there won't be a wait at Bottoms Up (sections 121 on lower level and 401 on terrace level).
Touchdown Tavern stands have premium mixed drinks for only $8 - you can get liquors like Ketel One or Crown Royal. The largest selection of a full bar is probably at Jim Beam Lucas Oil Racing Bar at the Lucas Oil Gate entracne, but it's cash only.
Definitely a top notch stadium. Clean, open, and surrounded by plenty of great spots to go after the game.
Lucas Oil Stadium is a great stadium and combined with Indianapolis you can have an awesome time for the weekend.The stadium is right off the highway and walking distance to downtown Indy. Great bars, hotels,
The Stadium and Neighborhood:
Lucas Oil Stadium is a seven-level multi-purpose facility with a normal seating capacity of 63,000. Host of the 2012 Super Bowl, it has an extended capacity of 70,000. With a retractable roof that divides lengthwise in 9-11 minutes, and a large retractable window on the North side offering great views of downtown Indianapolis, this is one of the most praised stadiums in the Midwest.
Just South of downtown, the stadium is within walking distance of dozens of bars and restaurants, and about 1.5 miles away from Soldiers & Sailors Monument, the American Legion Mall, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and Indian University-Purdue. Check our "Before & After the Game" section for some specific recommendations for pre and post game activities, most of which will be on or around Illionois and Meridien Streets.
Driving and Parking:
Easily accessible from I-70 or I-65 (exit West Street for both) it's ideally located. Driving is easy, however traffic will be a bit congested. Depending on the game, parking prices range from $5-20 and parking is on a first-come first-served basis. Immediately surrounding the stadium is about 9,000 parking spaces and tailgating is allowed and welcomed.
In addition to the parking right at the stadium, there are numerous other lots and garages within a ten-block radius. Quite a few are able to be booked right online through our affiliate Parkwhiz, so look for those icons on our exterior map. Denison Parking at 121 E. Maryland Street or Merchants Garage at 31 S. Meridian Street are both around $10 and can be booked in advance online.
If it's a Sunday game, you can probably find free street parking if you arrive early. Try north on Capitol Ave and even as far north as New York Street. Plenty of bars and restaurants will be between this parking area and the stadium, so you won't even notice the mile walk to the stadium.
It is possible to take the bus to the game and it's $1.75 one way. Bus routes 16 and 24 (Mon-Sat only) have stops near Lucas Oil as does the Green Line (7 days a week.) For more info go to indygo.net or visit their trip planner page HERE.
500 South Capitol Avenue