In sports-page lingo, every old stadium is “crumbling” and every new one is “sparkling,” so it’s always amusing when the new buildings immediately break:
Lucas Oil Stadium will partially close to events for four months to replace rusted and corroded steel piping in the 3-year-old structure….
John Klipsch, the authority’s executive director, said the cause of the rust and corrosion on galvanized steel pipes hasn’t been determined.
Now, the total cost of the repair is expected to cost less than $2 million, and Indianapolis officials insist that it won’t cost taxpayers anything. (Though they say it will instead be covered by “bonding, warranties and insurance,” which is slightly worrisome unless they mean bonds that have already been sold and aren’t being used for anything else. [UPDATE: One reader suggests that the reference is to this kind of bonding, not this kind; if so, that’s less worrisome.]) Still, you know that if this sort of thing had happened at the Hoosier Dome, the Colts would have been screaming that this showed it was time for a new stadium.