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August 24, 2008

From the Press Box: Colts fans, welcome to the great outdoors

INDIANAPOLIS — You just can’t take your eyes off Lucas Oil Stadium. It was the star of the show during its debut Sunday, certainly more so than the mostly listless Indianapolis Colts were.

Not that many noticed the action on the field. Jared Lorenzen started at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts instead of Jim Sorgi? That’s nice. Hey! Check out Lorenzen out on the replay board, he’s the size of a house ... for real. Wow!

There’s goes that drag racer crossing the stadium in a Lucas Oil ad on the football field-length ad board.

It was a given that Lucas Oil Stadium was going to wow everyone as it opened its doors to the National Football League world on Sunday. Every new generation stadium has bells and whistles that put the past facility to shame and Lucas Oil Stadium is no different.

Bigger is definitely better and though looking at a replay screen that could crush your house is cool, I badly wanted a more simple novelty. Outdoor football. I wanted the 65,333 Colts fans to experience it from the first moment Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof gave them the chance to take the outdoors in.

There’s just something better about playing outside. Though the RCA Dome evolved from its early days, when fans spent more time tossing paper airplanes out of the upper deck than watching the game, to its raucous end, it still sometimes felt like football in vacuum, like a lab experiment that took 25 years to finish.

Outdoor fans are better fans too. In your heart of hearts, doesn’t it make you feel like more of a fan when you have to go outside to watch your team? It’s almost as if the emotional investment you put into rooting for your team is validated by suffering a bit through potential bad weather to see them. The NFL has created an entire myth around weather games — from sub-zero games in Green Bay to monsoons in Miami.

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