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RCA Dome's roof deflated
Published: 2010/07/25
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RCA Dome Implosion - Controlled Demolition, Inc.
RCA Dome Implosion - Controlled Demolition, Inc.
Published: 2009/11/16
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Indepth Reporting/Producing: "History of the RCA Dome and Indianapolis Colts"
Indepth Reporting/Producing: "History of the RCA Dome and Indianapolis Colts"
Published: 2017/05/22
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RCA Dome Implosion
RCA Dome Implosion
Published: 2008/12/20
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Indianapolis still paying for RCA Dome
Indianapolis still paying for RCA Dome
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
RCA Dome Implosion Indianapolis
RCA Dome Implosion Indianapolis
Published: 2008/12/20
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Colts Last Game in RCA Dome
Colts Last Game in RCA Dome
Published: 2008/01/26
Channel: Phillip Recchia
rca dome and lucas oil stadium
rca dome and lucas oil stadium
Published: 2009/04/07
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Colts Introduction in the RCA DOME 9-30-07
Colts Introduction in the RCA DOME 9-30-07
Published: 2007/10/03
Channel: Jeffrey Bennett
Colts Fans Rock Dome for AFC Championship
Colts Fans Rock Dome for AFC Championship
Published: 2007/01/24
Channel: neaton2007
RCA Dome demolition
RCA Dome demolition
Published: 2008/12/23
Channel: WTHR
Indianapolis History - Hoosier Dome Finale
Indianapolis History - Hoosier Dome Finale
Published: 2009/05/14
Channel: belkinfan
RCA Dome Implosion Closest View
RCA Dome Implosion Closest View
Published: 2008/12/20
Channel: JFreak213
2008 BOA Grand Nationals - RCA Dome makes way for the Future!
2008 BOA Grand Nationals - RCA Dome makes way for the Future!
Published: 2008/11/14
Channel: Music for All
RCA Dome Explosion Vol.3
RCA Dome Explosion Vol.3
Published: 2007/04/17
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RCA DOME IMPLOSION 1
RCA DOME IMPLOSION 1
Published: 2008/12/20
Channel: thehoosierfam
Time Lapse: Fond Fairwell to the RCA Dome
Time Lapse: Fond Fairwell to the RCA Dome
Published: 2008/09/30
Channel: Music for All
RCA dome implosion
RCA dome implosion
Published: 2008/12/21
Channel: No Comment TV
2003 Monster Jam Indianapolis RCA Dome
2003 Monster Jam Indianapolis RCA Dome
Published: 2006/12/21
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RCA Dome
RCA Dome's roof deflated (time lapse)
Published: 2010/07/25
Channel: indystarsports
RCA dome
RCA dome
Published: 2008/01/17
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RCA Dome deflation
RCA Dome deflation
Published: 2008/09/24
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The RCA Dome Demolition
The RCA Dome Demolition
Published: 2008/12/20
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RCA Dome Implosion  BEST VIEW  HIGH QUALITY
RCA Dome Implosion BEST VIEW HIGH QUALITY
Published: 2008/12/20
Channel: zacklegend
RCA Dome Demolition/Implosion Dec.  20, 2008
RCA Dome Demolition/Implosion Dec. 20, 2008
Published: 2008/12/20
Channel: brzehr
COLTS PARTY AT THE RCA DOME
COLTS PARTY AT THE RCA DOME
Published: 2007/02/07
Channel: daniel317
My 35 yard field goal in the RCA dome
My 35 yard field goal in the RCA dome
Published: 2006/12/16
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RCA dome
RCA dome
Published: 2007/09/03
Channel: James Fire
RCA Dome Implosion SLOW MOTION
RCA Dome Implosion SLOW MOTION
Published: 2008/12/20
Channel: zacklegend
Colts Parade Celebrate in Hoosier Dome in Indy
Colts Parade Celebrate in Hoosier Dome in Indy
Published: 2007/02/06
Channel: Tommy Wilson
Giant American flag at RCA Dome
Giant American flag at RCA Dome
Published: 2013/02/07
Channel: Ryan Hegarty
Imploading the RCA Dome live from the inside
Imploading the RCA Dome live from the inside
Published: 2008/12/21
Channel: CheifVideos
Colts fans say goodbye to RCA Dome
Colts fans say goodbye to RCA Dome
Published: 2008/12/23
Channel: WTHR
RCA Dome Implosion
RCA Dome Implosion
Published: 2008/12/20
Channel: HokeProductions
RCA Dome implosion
RCA Dome implosion
Published: 2010/07/25
Channel: indystarsports
Hoosier/RCA Dome Tribute
Hoosier/RCA Dome Tribute
Published: 2009/08/06
Channel: nitro329
RCA Dome Monster Jam 2008 Commercial
RCA Dome Monster Jam 2008 Commercial
Published: 2008/01/23
Channel: what
TNN Motor Madness Monster Jam 1999 : RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
TNN Motor Madness Monster Jam 1999 : RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Dalton Hastings
RCA Dome Tribute
RCA Dome Tribute
Published: 2008/01/14
Channel: Coltsfan50794
RCA DOME IMPLOSION - Official Aerial Video
RCA DOME IMPLOSION - Official Aerial Video
Published: 2008/12/31
Channel: AboveAllPhotography
1991 PENDA Monster Truck Challenge RCA Dome
1991 PENDA Monster Truck Challenge RCA Dome
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: Dalton Hastings
RCA Dome Going Down
RCA Dome Going Down
Published: 2008/12/20
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Hoosier Dome (RCA Dome) Deflation
Hoosier Dome (RCA Dome) Deflation
Published: 2008/09/24
Channel: brownco5
Dome implosion preps
Dome implosion preps
Published: 2008/12/15
Channel: WTHR
RCA Dome implosion
RCA Dome implosion
Published: 2008/12/22
Channel: indianapolisstar
Excited Colts Fans exiting the RCA Dome
Excited Colts Fans exiting the RCA Dome
Published: 2007/01/25
Channel: Al Kamarauskas
(11)1992 PENDA Monster Truck Challenge RCA Dome
(11)1992 PENDA Monster Truck Challenge RCA Dome
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: Monster Trucks
Indianapolis RCA Dome Roof Deflation
Indianapolis RCA Dome Roof Deflation
Published: 2008/11/20
Channel: Zach Rutledge
1995 PENDA Monster Truck Challenge RCA Dome
1995 PENDA Monster Truck Challenge RCA Dome
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: Dalton Hastings
RCA Dome Deflation WTHR Channel 13 Rick Hurst Interview
RCA Dome Deflation WTHR Channel 13 Rick Hurst Interview
Published: 2008/09/24
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RCA Dome
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Former names Hoosier Dome (1983–1994)
Location 100 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
Coordinates 39°45′49″N 86°9′48″W / 39.76361°N 86.16333°W / 39.76361; -86.16333
Owner Capital Improvement Board
Operator Capital Improvement Board
Executive suites 104
Capacity 60,127 (1984–1991)
60,129 (1992–1995)
60,272 (1996–1997)
60,567 (1998)
56,127 (1999–2002)
55,506 (2003–2005)
55,531 (2006–2007)
Record attendance WrestleMania VIII: 62,167 (April 5, 1992)
Surface AstroTurf (1984–2004)
FieldTurf (2005–2008)
Construction
Broke ground May 27, 1982
Opened August 5, 1984
Closed February 26, 2008
Demolished December 20, 2008 by implosion
Construction cost US$77.5 million
Architect HNTB
Structural engineer Geiger Engineers
General contractor Huber, Hunt & Nichols[1]
Tenants
Indianapolis Colts (NFL) (1984–2007)

The RCA Dome (originally Hoosier Dome) was a domed stadium in Indianapolis. It was the home of the Indianapolis Colts NFL franchise for 24 seasons (19842007).

It was completed at a cost of $77.5 million, as part of the Indiana Convention Center, with the costs split between private and public money. The largest crowd to attend an event at the dome was 62,167 for WrestleMania VIII in 1992. It was demolished in December 2008, as part of a project to expand the attached convention center.

Description[edit]

The dome was made up of teflon-coated fiberglass and weighed 257 short tons (229 long tons; 233 t), which was held up by the air pressure inside the building. The ceiling was 193 feet (59 m) high, though the height varied up to five feet as the materials expanded and contracted with the weather.

Like other domes of this style (the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, BC Place, the Carrier Dome, and the Pontiac Silverdome) there were warning signs posted cautioning patrons of the high winds at the doors when exiting.

History[edit]

Warm-ups before a game in the RCA Dome
Inside the RCA Dome

The domed stadium was similar in design and appearance to the Metrodome and the previous BC Place roof, owing in great part to the involvement of engineers David Geiger and Walter Bird, pioneers in air-supported roofs.[2]

The stadium was originally named the Hoosier Dome until 1994 when RCA paid $10 million for the naming rights for 10 years, with two 5-year options to RCA at a cost of $3.5 million if invoked. The stadium seated 56,127 for football, the smallest in the NFL. Modifications were made to the stadium in 1999 to expand the suites and add club seating. Before that, the maximum seating for a football crowd was 60,272. The Dome was officially dedicated on August 11, 1984, as a sellout crowd watched the Indianapolis Colts defeat the NY Giants in an NFL preseason game. The Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears played a preseason game at the Hoosier Dome on August 26, 1984. The game had been scheduled prior to the Colts moving to Indianapolis. The stadium also hosted high-school football games.

In 1991, the Dome hosted the 1991 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. In 1992, the Dome hosted WrestleMania VIII for the World Wrestling Federation.

Basketball was also played at the RCA Dome. The first game was an exhibition game in 1984 between an NBA All-Star team led by home-state hero Larry Bird and the United States Olympic Men's Basketball team, coached by Bob Knight, who was at the time the coach of Indiana University. The Dome also was the site of the NBA All-Star Game in February 1985, where a record NBA crowd of 43,146 saw the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 140–129.[3] Since then it hosted many NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games, including four Final Fours (1991, 1997, 2000, 2006). The NCAA, whose headquarters are in Indianapolis, has committed to holding the Final Four in Indianapolis once every five years. The RCA Dome hosted its only Women's Final Four in 2005. The closing ceremony and the gymnastics and handball events of the 1987 Pan American Games were held in the Hoosier Dome.

In addition, it hosted the NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships from 1989 to 1999, the 1990 General Conference Session of Seventh-day Adventists, the World Gymnastics Championships in 1991, the Indiana High School Athletic Association's annual boys and girls championships (with the boys' final game witnessed by the largest crowd [over 40,000] ever for a high school basketball game), and served as one of two sites for the FIBA Men's World Basketball Championship Tournament in 2002, sharing the honors with Conseco Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers. Additionally, the RCA Dome served as the site of the Indiana State School Music Association State Marching Band Competition, the Bands of America Grand Nationals, and the Drum Corps International Midwestern Regional, along with the NFL Scouting Combine in February of each year. It also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event in 2004.

Lucas Oil Stadium (left) replaced the RCA Dome (right) in 2008.

The Dome hosted an AMA Supercross Championship round from 1992 to 2008.[4]

Many memorable concerts took place in the "Hoosier Dome" such as Farm Aid in 1990 (Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, CSN&Y, Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Don Henley & Bonnie Raitt to name a few), Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Metallica, Scorpions, etc.), the 1987 Pink Floyd reunion and the Rolling Stones, The Monsters of Rock Festival. It also hosted events such as Indiana State University college football, Black Expo, Promise Keepers, truck pulls, wrestling and many high school events.

The football playing surface was originally AstroTurf; it was replaced with FieldTurf in 2005.

The stadium was replaced by a new retractable-roof stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, in time for the 2008 NFL season. The RCA Dome was replaced by additional space for the adjacent Indiana Convention Center. The new convention space connects to Lucas Oil Stadium in much the same way that the existing Indiana Convention Center had been connected to the RCA Dome (although the new connecting walkway now passes under a railroad track).

Demolition[edit]

On September 24, 2008, the roof of the Dome was deflated,[5] which took about 45 minutes. The demolition of the RCA Dome was featured on the second series premiere of the National Geographic show, Blowdown.

An Indianapolis nonprofit, People for Urban Progress, rescued 13 acres of the Dome roof. They work with local Indianapolis designers to upcycle the material into community shade structures and art installations, as well as wallets, purses and bags.

References[edit]

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Memorial Stadium
Home of the
Indianapolis Colts

1984–2008
Succeeded by
Lucas Oil Stadium
Preceded by

McNichols Sports Arena
Continental Airlines Arena
Tropicana Field
Edward Jones Dome
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

1991
1997
2000
2006
Succeeded by

H.H.H. Metrodome
Alamodome
H.H.H. Metrodome
Georgia Dome
Preceded by
New Orleans Arena
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

2005
Succeeded by
TD Banknorth Garden
Preceded by


Gator Bowl
Pontiac Silverdome
Host of
Bands of America
Grand National Championship

1984–1986
1989–2007
Succeeded by


Pontiac Silverdome
Lucas Oil Stadium
Preceded by
McNichols Sports Arena
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

1985
Succeeded by
Reunion Arena
Preceded by
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Paris
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

1987
Succeeded by
Budapest Sportcsarnok
Budapest
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Host of WrestleMania VIII
1992
Succeeded by
Caesars Palace
Preceded by
Invesco Field at Mile High
Host of AFC Championship Game
2007
Succeeded by
Gillette Stadium

Coordinates: 39°45′49.17″N 86°9′47.95″W / 39.7636583°N 86.1633194°W / 39.7636583; -86.1633194

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