Lucas Oil Stadium aglow during Sunday night game

November 16, 2009
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It was Indianapolis’ time to shine last night during the Colts’ prime-time match-up against the Patriots. And did it ever shine.

The loud speaker announcer at the game urged people to get to their seats at least five minutes before kick-off so the stadium would look as lively as possible when NBC went live from Lucas.

Bob Costas waxed poetic about the beauty and grandeur of the stadium. NBC beamed city-scape shots, including one of Victory Field with a huge horse shoe shining brightly in the outfield, to millions of people nationwide.

I’m sure if Joyce Julius had taken a monetary measurement of the TV exposure Indy received from the game it would have been in the multi, multi-millions of dollars. I'll let you know later today (as soon as I  get the numbers from Nielsen) what the TV ratings for the game were. I expect they'll be huge.
Lucas Oil Stadium was aglow last night—literally. In fact, all that positive exposure—for a couple minutes anyway—went up in smoke.

After the Colts drew first blood during the first quarter, the pyrotechnics gurus at Lucas Oil Stadium reined fireworks down on players in the end zone and caught the expensive artificial turf on fire.
It was so bad, more than a few fans at the game thought Colts running back Joseph Addai’s injury was due to fireworks to the face. Luckily it was only mangled fingers—not firework related.

First mouse excrement, now this. The stadium game-day crew may need to review the game video more than Peyton Manning.

NBC showed a nice close-up of the turf burning brightly in several locations. Costas mused about the fervent display of fireworks. Fans at the game saw towel boys and trainers running out onto the field with water bottles to douse the flames.
Then the smoke cleared.

Peyton Manning engineered two scoring drives in the last four minutes of the game, with the crowd at the stadium as loud as any in the RCA Dome.

Losing Patriots Coach Bill Belichick skulked across the field to give one of his patented warm and fuzzy handshake to Colts Coach Jim Caldwell.

And all was right in the world—or at least in Indianapolis.

  • Who won?
    I confess I did not watch the game last night and I did not listen to the radio this morning; but wouldn't it be good if there was some kind of sign on the stadium to indicate if the Colts won or lost? Maybe a flag or a flashing light. The stadium is so large, it is the major building you see as you come into town from the west. Well, it is only an idea.
  • Seriously?
    Seriously... I hope that was sarcasm. Turn on any local radio station, local news station, any sports website on the Internet or even pick up a newspaper in the morning... I think you would have saw that the Colts won (or if they would have lost). This was the game of the week for the NFL! The only way you wouldn't have known if the Colts won or not, was if you live in a cave or have no interest in the NFL. If you couldn't figure out who won this very huge and hyped up game... you are obviously one of the "bandwagoners" (and not even a good one).

    Anyway... back to what Anthony was talking about. Yes, the city looked beautiful! And at least the image of the fireworks burning the turf only had a couple seconds of on-air time... but definitely something that shouldn't happen again.
  • Burn unit
    I was sitting down low at the game and definitely saw sparks fly off at least two players helmets. I think Addai had a small black mark on his helmet from one of those sparks. Could have been a huge disaster. Must get that corrected. Glad no one was injured.
  • Are there any real Colts fans
    So I live in a cave. I don't have a TV; I don't have a radio except in my car and I don't listen to it when I drive. And you know what, I don't wear blue on Fridays. But I thought it might bring some interest to the Colts if they had some kind of sign to the public. I'm not even a "bandwagoner."
  • You would be talking of something like the traditional "W" Pennant flown from Ross Ade Stadium after a win. After victory is wrapped up, they take the Ross Ade flag down from the massive scoreboard/video screen and run up the W flag for win.

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