Contractors inspecting Lucas Oil Stadium after falling bolt injures fans


The Indianapolis Colts lost their last pre-season game last night at Lucas Oil Stadium, but the real concern tonight is something that happened in the seats.

A bolt fell from the ceiling during the game , injuring three people. Paramedics took two of them to the hospital and treated the third at the scene.

Most fans who attended the Colts-Bengals game Thursday night are probably like Jeff Chester. He says he didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary.

"When I saw it on the news this morning I was stunned," he said.

After players left the field at half-time and the retractable roof opened, a bolt fell into section 248, injuring three fans. No one was seriously hurt. We showed Chester a bolt reportedly about the same size as the one that fell.

"I'd heard it was the size of a half a roll of quarters, so maybe like that. Yeah, that would hurt especially that high, because it's way up there," he said.

The roof is almost 300 feet above the field.  How did the bolt become loose and fall?  The Capital Improvement Board says contractors are inspecting to get to the cause.  

Colts fans we talked to weren't overly worried.

"I think it's a freak accident. I'm not concerned that the stadium is going to fall down," said Linda Lessaris, a season ticket holder.

"To me it's an anomaly," said Nick Schepler, Colts fan.  "I figure they're gonna do some level of investigation, figure it out, fix the problem and prevent it from happening in the future."

It was the first time the roof opened after a game had begun.  In March 2015, the Colts asked the NFL to allow teams with a retractable roof to open them at half-time if the weather improved. The NFL signed off. 

To open or close has long been debated, especially given how much the roof cost.  

"Being in the construction industry, I know they paid almost $100 million for that and I was totally against it. We're not in the climate to have an opening roof that will take more than half the games," said Dave Lessaris, season ticket holder.

The question now: will the policy on opening it change given what happened?  The Lessarises hope not. 

"We paid for it. It might as well be open once in a while," said Linda Lessaris.

CIB officials were not available for comment Friday. Pete Ward with the Colts said the team was waiting to get information from the CIB before making any statements.