Theismann calls LOS NFL's finest

August 15, 2008
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lucfieldJoe Theismann has been inside every single National Football League stadium. The former quarterback and TV announcer said yesterday that the new Lucas Oil Stadium is a one-of-a-kind.

“I’m not saying it’s one of the best I’ve seen,” Theismann said yesterday before serving as the master of ceremonies at the stadium’s opening gala. “If that’s what I meant, that’s what I’d say. I’m saying it’s the best stadium I’ve seen. And I’m not just saying that because I’m here. The NFL has never seen anything quite like this.”

Theismann said he was impressed by the design, set-up and entertainment options at the $720 million retractable roof stadium. He added that the sight lines are "amazing," only matched by Ford Field in Detroit.

The stadium’s sponsor areas add a nice touch to the facility without making it over-commercialized, Theismann added. “This is a football facility built for a football team and football fans,” Theismann said. “It’s phenomenal.”
  • I know the stadium cost a lot of money, but if you're going to build one, you might as well build the best. Otherwise, we'd once again have to hear from the architectual snobs in this town who constantly whine that we settle for mediocrity.
  • You have no idea what a real architecture snob is, Brian.

    Travel to Chicago or London, among other global cities, to get a real taste of the passionate opinions architecture can produce.


    I'm glad Mr. Theismann likes the building.
  • I'll second Brian's sentiment... I would hope since it's the newest stadium in the country it would be the best. Otherwise the people in charge learned nothing from any mistakes other stadiums have made or have failed to take advantage of some of the geographic advantages the building site has.

    The real test, though, is if a few years down the road it still holds up as the best. The Fieldhouse is a great example of this. We're a decade or so into its existence and many people outside of us biased local folks still say it's the best arena in the NBA. THAT is success.
  • The Hoosier Dome is an example of why you spend more to build the very best you can. It was built on a shoestring budget that kept eliminating ammenities and revenue sources. It was built too small for baseball, the number of suites, bathrooms and concessions were reduced in half, escalators and ramps were removed from the design and halls and concourses were stripped to bare block and steel to save money. 20 years later it is very obsolete. If they had spent the money, it probably could have stayed relevant for another decade or more.
  • Oh, to answer Theisman, I think it is too early to say it is the best, let us break it in for a year then we can tell. But it certainly sets the bar very high.

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