In memory of James Dungy
January 6, 1987 -
December 22, 2005
The Colts Influence
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The Colts Influence
here for Lucas Oil Parking
parking for Lucas Oil Stadium
The first football game
in the Lucas Oil Stadium is the Peyback Classic on August 22. The
Colts play their first game in the stadium two days later and that's
when fans will have to find their parking spot.
NK Hurst Bean Company
has had a front row seat to the years of construction work and now
owns some parking spaces that are in high demand. The company sits
just yards from the stadium and has been there since 1906. But,
the president of the company, Rick Hurst, had to fight to stay there.
Shortly after the
announcement in December of 2004 that Lucas Oil Stadium would be
built in his backyard, Hurst had to wage a legal battle in order to
keep his property.
"It was better for
us to stay in our location and more economical...better for our
employees and for our business," said Hurst.
Citing imminent domain,
the Capital Improvement Board tried to acquire Hurst's property, the CIB
said it was needed for additional parking space.
Hurst won his battle and
changes to the law followed. Now, after several improvements on his
property, he owns 220 prime parking spaces which he said are sold out
for the season. Hurst said the costly legal fight was worth it.
was definitely worth it. The law itself needed to be changed and with
the legislator's help we got some of those things changed. Was it
worth it for us? I think in the long run. It was an expensive process
to go through, but you look 30 years down the road, you don't look
one year down the road," said Hurst.
The red brick bean
company building is definitely visible during nationally-televised
Indianapolis is our home we actually sell more beans elsewhere in the
country. We are in all 64 markets, so Los Angeles is a big market for
us. So those Monday night games with us showing up...for us, it will
help us in all 50 states." said Hurst.
All 220 parking spaces
have been sold to loyal fans. Hurst said he sold them for $350 a
piece, that's for every home game of the season including the post-season.
vendors choosing their spots
By Jeff Swiatek
Entrepreneurs snap up
tracts near stadium for game day parking lots
Jerry Cannon is among
them, scouring land records in search of desirable lots to buy or
lease within an easy walk of the stadium.
"I've done that for
the past year," said Cannon, who jokes that the plat room in the
City-County Building, where land records are stored, has become
almost like his second home.
So far, Cannon said, he
has lined up almost 400 parking spaces at three locations where he
aims to get city approval to open parking lots.
Cannon and others in his
line of work see the stadium creating a new frontier for parking by
shifting the most desirable parking areas for stadium users to the
south of the elevated railroad tracks running next to the RCA Dome,
which Lucas Oil replaces.
The widely shared view
of parking operators is that Indianapolis Colts fans and other users
of Lucas Oil can expect parking around it to be as easy to find and
no costlier than it was at the RCA Dome.
"There are a lot of
surface lots in that area. I don't see any shortage of parking for
the games," said Mark Pryor, director of new business
development for Denison Parking, the city's largest Downtown parking company.
Game day parking rates
for most fans should be the same as for RCA Dome events -- $5 to $20,
Prime reserved spots
already are selling for $50. One reason for the higher rate for
close-in spots: The approximately 1,500 parking spots in the lots
surrounding the stadium have been turned over to the Indianapolis
Colts for their use, under the city's contract with the team. Another
1,500 remote spots have been given to the team.
The Colts are expected
to use those 3,000 spots to park players and their families and
friends, team personnel, media, various VIPs and stadium workers,
Denison has been hired
to handle traffic for the Colts' stadium parking.
Many Colts fans and
other Lucas Oil users are expected to continue parking where they did
when games were at the RCA Dome.
see opportunities not only to park cars, but also to use prime lots
near the stadium to host tailgating parties complete with electrical
hookups, portable restrooms and even live music.
All of that and more is
planned on the Jobsite Supply lot, occupying a prime location at 624
S. Missouri St. across from the stadium, said Heather Roush, general
manager of Sideline Parking, which is co-leasing the site for Colts
game day parking.
She is selling the
Jobsite Supply spots for $45 per Colts game or $450 for the 10-game season.
"I get probably 15
to 20 calls a day" inquiring about parking for Colts games, she
said. "People are shopping right now" for spaces and
meeting their needs has created an "extremely competitive"
market for parking operators, she said.
Jim Siegel, a Downtown
parking investor who heads a Carmel financial services company, said
he and a partner already have sold all 50 parking spots for Colts
games on a lot they are buying at 423 W. South St., a half-block from
At an asking price of
$500 for the season, "We sold out in two days," Siegel said.
To establish parking
lots on vacant ground, city zoning laws for Downtown require that
they be paved to reduce dust and mud. The only exception is on ground
zoned industrial, where a gravel lot can be operated for one year.
The city also requires that Downtown lots be landscaped, and it likes
to see fencing put up, said Jeff York, senior planner for the
Department of Metropolitan Development.
So far, the city has
received no applications to open gravel lots anywhere around the
stadium, he said.
Cannon said he soon will
file with the city to open a 150-space lot on South Meridian Street
south of Shapiro's Delicatessen and a 120-space lot near Capitol
Avenue and McCarty Street. He said he would prefer to put gravel on
both lots, at half the cost of asphalt, and he doesn't see a need for
"The city wants
every lot to look like Lilly. My name's not Eli," he said
referring to the pharmaceutical giant, whose corporate parking lots
to the east of Lucas Oil are fenced, landscaped, paved and patrolled.
"If the city could
ease up on their criteria, we could get a lot more done," Cannon said.
With 63,000 seats, Lucas
Oil holds about 5,000 more fans than the RCA Dome.
The area around Lucas
Oil and extending north to the large surface lots serving the
OneAmerica Tower hold ample parking to accommodate its larger crowds,
but it may take a while for people to sort out the lots and garages
they prefer to use, said Scott Gould, a Denison general manager.
The jump in gasoline
prices and a weaker economy also may alter people's driving and
parking habits from years past, perhaps encouraging more carpooling
and a greater willingness to park farther away and walk to save money
"It's a guess.
Nobody knows right now," Gould said. As drivers descend on Lucas
Oil Stadium for the first time next month, Denison and other parking
operators "will just roll with the punches," he said.
there are tens of thousands of other parking spaces located
larger map of available downtown parking here
suggest parking at the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot. There is always
a flat-fee of $5 and it is in close walking distance to Lucas Oil
Stadium. Estimated Distance: 1.59 miles.
Here for Map
how games are usually held on the weekends, most of downtown will
have their metered street parking available for no charge.
will be plenty of police officers downtown to help, so allow extra
time to get around and bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
* Plan your driving, parking and walking route ahead of time.
* Use interstates to travel to and leave Downtown.
* Enter Downtown from the side on which you plan to park.
* Allow plenty of extra travel time.
* Travel may be restricted on streets near event sites due to large crowds.
* Travel will be restricted for lane closures due to construction
activity near the RCA Dome and JW Marriott complex.
* Carpool or use IndyGo
more than 70,000 Downtown parking spaces.
* Click here to search our Downtown map.
* Use our parking database below to find
parking; a list of nearby garages and lots.
* Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
* Plan to use a garage or lot. Most meters near the event
sites are restricted during this time.
* Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.
* Wear comfortable shoes, park once and enjoy the walk.
It is entirely your responsibility to read the parking restriction
signs that apply to the parking spot you have chosen!
Where can I park my RV?
The Indiana State Fairgrounds
Campsites, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, is approximately 6
miles from the facility and open year-round. Amenities include
paved pads, water and sewer hook-ups, 30-amp service, pay phones,
picnic shelter, and playground. It is fully accessible to those
with special needs. Call 317.927.7510 for more information.
Lake Haven Retreat, 1951 West
Edgewood Avenue, Indianapolis, approximately 7 miles from the
facility, is a full service campground with daily, weekly, and
monthly rates. Sitting on 20 acres, the retreat has a lake
stocked for fishing, restroom, shower, and laundry facilities,
wireless and high-speed internet connections.
Call 317.807.2267 or
for more information.
What if we have group seating
tickets and arrived by bus,
Do you have bus parking?
Bus parking is available by
contacting your ticket sales reprensentative at least one week prior
to your group outing game day.
Looking for a Hotel in The
World Wonders Garage
100 S. Illinois St.
The World Wonders garage entrance is located just before Maryland
Street and Illinois Street.
Enter before 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday:
0-3 hours $1.50
3-4 hours $3.00
4-5 hours $5.00
5-6 hours $8.00
6-12 hours $12.00
12-24 hours $24.00
Enter after 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday:
0-3 hours $1.50
3-6 hours $3.00
6-8 hours $6.00
8-12 hours $12.00
12-24 hours $18.00
An Event parking rate of $20.00 may be charged during major downtown
functions. Visitors will be notified of Event parking schedules upon
entry into any Circle Centre garage. If a visitor shows a $20 receipt
from any Circle Centre merchant from that day, normal parking rates
Estimated Distance: 0.67 miles
*NOTE: Mapquest highlights your path via automobile as there are One
Way streets involved
White River State Park Garage
650 W. Washington St.
located at the corner of Maryland and West street
1 Hour $3.00
Daily Maximum $10.00
Estimated Distance: 0.98 miles
NatCity Centre/Hyatt Garage
5 S. Capitol Ave.
1 Hour $3.00
Daily Maximum $18.00
Weekdays 24 hrs
Saturday 24 hrs
Sunday 24 hrs
Estimated Distance: 0.47 miles
26 W. Georgia St.
1 Hour $1.50
Daily Maximum $18.00
Estimated Distance: 0.45 miles
Claypool Court Garage
33 N. Capitol Ave.
1 Hour $4.00
Daily Maximum $20.00
Weekdays 24 hrs
Saturday 24 hrs
Sunday 24 hrs
Estimated Distance: 0.54 miles
In the process of adding garages
daily, bare with me
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