Jackets required for grand opening

July 24, 2008
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lostadiumFear not. If you didn’t get your free ticket to tour the Indianapolis Colts’ new home venue, there’s still a way to get a sneak peak—at a steep price. And this event is way more extravagant than the one that kept fans waiting hours in line for tickets.

The official grand opening celebration Aug. 14 will be attended by key customers and sponsors of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Stills are scheduled to perform.

Former NFL quarterback and University of Notre Dame standout Joe Theismann will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and include a tour of club and suite areas, plus buffets offering American, Asian, Italian and Caribbean cuisine and live entertainment. A parade is part of the festivities.

There’s no huge hurry to get tickets. Reservations are being taken until Aug. 6. And the ticket price of $250 per person should keep the crowd to a reasonable size.

Weather permitting, attendees will be the first large group to see the  retractable roof opened.

Cocktail attire is suggested. I’m pretty sure this is not business casual. No overalls, please.

If you weren’t on Indianapolis Downtown Inc.’s direct e-mail list for information on this event, don’t worry. You can go to www.loscelebration.com.

So who’s in?
  • Nicely done. Kick it off with a classy shindig, why not? A lot of hard work, taxpayer support, negotiations (Final Fours, Conventions), and intangibles (i.e. Winning a Super Bowl, Hosting a Super Bowl, Hotels, New Contsruction Downtown), thousands of workers and countless hours of blood, sweat, and (maybe a tear or two, who knows).

    I know this project is loved by some and controversial to others, but this will completely transform downtown Indy and take us one step further as a city with deep ties to sports tourism.

    Kick it off in style. I wont be at this one, but I'll see ya at the Season Ticket Open House. Go Colts!

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  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?