For 23 seasons, the RCA Dome was the home of the Indianapolis
Colts and stars such as Peyton Manning.
Prior to moving to Indianapolis for the
1984 season, the Colts called Baltimore their home. The Colts had played in Baltimore since 1953 at Memorial Stadium,
that they shared with the Baltimore Orioles (MLB). Prior to the
Colts decision to move to Indianapolis, the city already had a dome
stadium under construction in 1982. The city decided to build the
stadium because of its adaptability to accommodate a variety of
events, including football. Meanwhile in Baltimore, the Colts were
dissatisfied with the conditions of Memorial Stadium and decided
to move to Indianapolis after the 1983 NFL season. Originally
named the Hoosier Dome, grand opening ceremonies took place on May
The Indianapolis Colts first
game at the RCA Dome was on September 2, 1984. The
RCA Dome was
very similar to the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The roof of the stadium consisted of Teflon coated fiberglass. Two
tiers of 60,000 seats circled the entire Astroturf playing field.
In 1994, RCA bought the naming rights to the stadium, thus it was
renamed the RCA Dome. The RCA Dome was not built primarily for
conventions and trade shows. Other than being the home of the
Colts, the RCA Dome hosted concerts, large banquets, religious
assemblies and various sporting events including the NCAA Final Four.
After the 2004 season, the Colts announced that they would become
one of the final teams to install Fieldturf and remove the
Astroturf playing field.
In December 2004, the Colts announced plans to build a new stadium
in downtown Indianapolis. On January 13, 2008 the Colts played
their last game at the RCA Dome, a playoff loss to the San Diego
Chargers. The team moved into Lucas Oil Stadium in August 2008 and
the RCA Dome will be demolished on
December 20, 2008.