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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