More than 1,000 workers a day in two shifts are scrambling to finish Lucas Oil Stadium, installing everything from seats and concession stand equipment to portions of retractable roof. The executive director of the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority, John P. Klipsch, said the stadium will be finished on Aug. 15, as scheduled. I toured the new stadium yesterday as a guest of the Concord Business Association. Contractors have temporarily enclosed some parts so progress can continue in the cold. Check out more photos from my tour here. The ISCBA plan to tear down the RCA Dome in April as long as they can convince the Colts their new stadium will be ready. What do you think?
Schouten is an Indianapolis native and Indiana University graduate who joined IBJ in 2006 after stints at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Arizona Republic. He covered the real estate beat for most of those years, and launched the Property Lines blog, before taking over as managing editor in March 2013. He continues to appear on business news updates for Fox59, IBJ's newsgathering partner.
Schouten has been honored for investigative reporting by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Alliance of Area Business Publications and the Society of Professional Journalists in Indianapolis. During his tenure as moderator of Property Lines, the blog was recognized twice as the best among business journals by the AAPB.
Schouten also serves as a member of the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Journalism at IUPUI. He lives in Butler Tarkington with his wife and two rescue dogs.