City wants to lure Super Bowl, NCAAs

Updated: December 20, 2004, 12:02 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts and the city of Indianapolis have agreed on a deal to build an 63,000-seat stadium with a 30-year lease.

Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, team owner Jim Irsay and other officials announced the deal on the field of the RCA Dome before the Colts' nationally televised game Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

The deal also would allow the city to expand the Indiana Convention Center, which is adjacent to the RCA Dome, bringing the cost of the project to about $800 million.

The stadium, to be located about a block south of the RCA Dome, is scheduled to open by fall 2008 and include a retractable roof similar to Reliant Stadium where the Houston Texans play.

Peterson said the new stadium would allow the city to bid on Super Bowls. The 63,000 seats can be expanded to 70,000, the minimum required to host a Super Bowl.

The stadium also would be designed for NCAA basketball, so it could host the Final Four. Peterson said the NCAA was involved in the design.

The RCA Dome has the smallest seating capacity among current NFL stadiums at 55,506.

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