RCA Dome Deflated, Just Like Colts’ Current Play

After a Sunday night slaughter by the Chicago Bears and a last-second escape by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts are now 0-2 in their luxurious new Lucas Oil Stadium (complete with old-timey obstructed views). However, if Peyton Manning & pals have any desire to move back to their previous football home, those plans have been deflated.

Peyton Manning RCA Dome deflates

(Peyton can’t bear to watch - too many memories)

WISH-TV reports the air-supported roof of the RCA Dome has slowly sunk out of sight, the first step in the football stadium’s demolition. In a special ceremony today, former Indy mayor Bill Hudnut, who was in office when the pre-corporate-named Hoosier Dome was built in 1984, gave the official call to turn off the stadium fans that were holding up the roof.

(Video of the dome’s deflation is after the jump. *Warning* - video starts playing immediately.)

(Video can also be seen here.)

It took about 40 minutes for the big white bubble to disappear from the Indianapolis skyline. Many onlookers had gathered ’round to witness the slow but stirring sight. Well, at least it was stirring for Hudnut:

“So even though the Dome is going down today, it has a wonderful legacy, and I think will be part of the soul and the spirit and the heart of Indianapolis for generations to come. The Dome is dead, long live the Dome.”

Pretty strong stuff for a building that’s only 24 years old.