In the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Ind., Lucas Oil Stadium is a multifunctional facility that not only serves as the home of the Indianapolis Colts, but is used for numerous sporting events, concerts and conventions. It is a six level stadium that can seat 63,000, and up to 70,000 for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's men's Final Four. One of the most interesting characteristics of the stadium is its state of the art retractable roof and super frame structural system. The two roof panels weigh approximately 2.5 million pounds each.
In 2005, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority (ISCBA) announced that it was starting a project to build a new stadium for the Colts, in addition to an expansion to the Indiana Convention Center. Once the stadium was completed in 2008, the ISCBA leased it to the Capital Improvement Board (CIB), who also took over operations. The stadium and Convention Center will provide approximately $2.5 billion in economic assistance to central Indiana within the next 10 years, and create 4,200 permanent new jobs and 4,900 construction jobs.
Ice Miller started working with the ISCBA as general counsel when the stadium and convention center project was created in 2005. Early in the process, Ice Miller worked with the ISCBA to secure support from the contiguous counties surrounding Marion County. In addition, the Firm provided counsel throughout the construction process to include drafting construction contracts, designer contracts, consultant contracts, real estate contracts, eminent domain issues, leases, contracts, agreements with the CIB and the Colts, insurance contacts and claims, and environmental issues. Furthermore, the Firm has also worked on contracts with the ISCBA in the development of the new Convention Center expansion/pedestrian connector and a part of the cultural trail adjoining the pedestrian connector.