Colts proposed change in stadium roof rules

The incident left three people hurt and sent one of them to the hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Colts fans described a scary scene at a preseason game against the Bengals.

The incident left three people hurt and sent one of them to the hospital.

“We heard a noise that was very clearly mechanical,” witness Brent Patrick said.

Patrick was at the game with his fiancé when they heard the noise and saw the aftermath.

“We started to see the first responders and Lucas Oil staff and fans rush to the section and we knew something was wrong then,” Patrick added.

The noise Patrick heard was a bolt falling from the retractable roof.

The same retractable roof that was not allowed to open during a game until this season – a rule change that was proposed by the Colts.

“It couldn’t have been well thought out. A number of things can go wrong when you have a roof the size of Lucas Oil Stadium’s and it just so happened that the night they decided to do it with a full stadium, something went wrong,” Patrick said.

The group that is in charge of Lucas Oil Stadium released the following statement:

“The Capital Improvement Board and the appropriate contractors are assessing the causes of the incident during the roof operation at last night’s preseason game. The safety of everyone who attends and works events at Lucas Oil Stadium is our top priority. Once the full inspection of the roof has been completed, more information will be made available.”

“I don’t know that there will be a time that I go into that stadium and not think about it. Hopefully that issue won’t come up again. It needs to be well thought out and this time it wasn’t,” said Patrick.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to the engineering firm that helped build Lucas Oil Stadium for comment but they never returned our calls.

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