Lucas Oil Stadium facing major plumbing repairs

Lucas Oil Stadium needs millions of dollars in repairs - and it's only two years old.

Mary Milz/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Lucas Oil Stadium is in need of millions of dollars in repairs - and it's only two-and-a-half years old.

SuperCross made the rounds at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night, drawing 60,000 fans. No sooner did the bikes clear out, than the plumbing contractors moved in to begin some major repairs.

As Eyewitness News first reported in January, a leaking pipe in the employee lounge wound up being a much bigger problem.

"We discovered advanced corrosion and rust, unusual in a building just two years old," said stadium director John Klipsch during a tour two months ago.

Klipsch says they must replace about six percent of the stadium's water pipes, a big job that will continue through mid-summer.

"Because essentially, we're having to redo a job. It was already built and it will take more time to rip out all the old pipe and put in new. We have to work around the offices while trying to keep some bathrooms and kitchens open as it's being built," he said.

While stadium employees will continue to work inside Lucas Oil Stadium, five events scheduled for the venue had to be moved - three to the convention center. The Fire Department Instructors Conference, however, will go on as planned at the end of March, with contractors taking a break.

The repairs are expected to cost roughly $2 million.

"We're seeking reimbursement by the insurance and bond companies from the original contractor that installed this pipe and some warranty replacement, too," Klipsch said.

The problem lies in that the contractor who did the work filed for bankruptcy. In fact, the stadium authority is still trying to recover $1.6 million in damages from drainage problems two years ago.

But Klipsch says the problem will be fixed in plenty of time for the Colts preseason - if there is one - and, of course, Super Bowl XLVI.