Lucas Oil Stadium
Lucas Oil Stadium Operable End Zone Wall
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Scope of Work: Design, Supply, Installation
Project Client: Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority
Architect: HKS, Inc.
General Contractor: Hunt Construction Group
Structural Engineer: Walter P Moore
Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, and host for NCAA men's and women's Final Four, as well as major conventions, trade shows and events. The stadium's glass-clad operable end zone wall faces downtown Indianapolis to give visitors a beautiful view of the city. The six-panel operable wall opens to create a window 88 feet high by 214 feet wide. The giant open window, along with the open retractable roof, gives visitors an outdoor stadium experience when weather is favorable.
The staff of Uni-Systems Engineering designed, supplied, and installed the structure and electro-mechanical drive system for the Lucas Oil Stadium operable end zone wall. Each of the six panels is driven by two traction drive wheels along a rail set on the concourse floor. Guide rollers mounted to the top of each panel move along tracks mounted above the wall opening. The wall can be operated either locally using push button controls, or remotely using the same personal computer as for the retractable roof located in the control room.
Uni-Systems Engineering staff also designed, supplied and installed the retractable roof mechanization at Lucas Oil Stadium.