The Baltimore Colts played at Memorial Stadium from 1953 to 1983, before moving to Indianapolis. Memorial Stadium played host to many teams during those years, including the Baltimore Orioles. Due to the passion displayed by Colts fans during home games, the stadium earned the nickname “The World’s Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum”. Despite all of the history in the old park, Memorial Stadium was demolished in 2002, following the departure of all of its tenants to new cities and modern stadiums.
After moving out west, the Colts opened play in the RCA Dome in 1984. It followed in the footsteps of other domed stadiums such as the Minnesota Metrodome, with a very similar appearance. The RCA Dome was home to the Colts when they won their only Super Bowl, in 2006, as well as hosting multiple men’s and women’s Final Fours. Eventually, it was determined that the Colts needed a new, more modern stadium, leading the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium. The RCA Dome was imploded in 2008. Lucas Oil Stadium cost $720 million to build, complete with a brick finish, meant to accommodate some of the older buildings in the area. The stadium also features a retractable roof which, along with a windowed gate at the north end of the stadium, allows for a more open atmosphere. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl last season, as Eli Manning won in the house that his brother had helped to build. It has been, and will continue to be, home to men’s and women’s Final Fours just like the RCA Dome.