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Since the (small) fire in our home a month ago, we have been living downtown in what we have dubbed our “Downtown Apartment”. It’s a small room at Staybridge Suites with a kitchenette, a queen sized bed, a couch, a desk, free breakfast every morning and free dinner three nights a week. The people on staff are mostly nice, generally helpful and the hotel is clean – especially compared to our soot covered home.
In between cleaning up our home and preparing to move back in and working full time, we’ve tried to walk around and take advantage of our prime location – across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium and down the street from the Indianapolis Indians field and White River State Park. Last week, Lulu and I crossed the street, leaving behind our stadium view hotel room and got up close and personal with the home of the Colts.
Public tours of the Lucas Oil Stadium are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. We arrived half an hour early to ensure we got into the first tour group but we were REALLY early and one of the first people to get a ticket. Living in a hotel has taught us that there are always conventions and special events taking place in Indianapolis and we didn’t want to miss the tour so that is why we were over prepared. The ticket prices are $7 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4-12, $5 for seniors 65 and over and free for children 3 and under. There are no advance ticket sales; you must walk up to the ticket window outside of the Colts Pro Shop (northeast corner – South street/Capital Avenue). Tickets are first come, first serve.
Our tour was about 1 hour long and we were able to use our stroller for the entire tour. Water dispensers were available along the way and we were allowed to use our camera but video cameras are prohibited. We were delighted to see so many areas of the stadium that we hadn’t seen at games or other events! You’ll find me hanging out in the Press Box!