Three fans were injured, and two taken to the hospital, after a bolt sheared off the roof of the Indianapolis Colts’ stadium during tonight’s preseason game against the Bengals. The accident occurred as the roof was being retracted just before halftime.
The commissioner of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, which operates the stadium, released the following statement:
With approximately two minutes remaining at half time at the Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals game this evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, there was an occurrence with the movement of the retractable roof. The roof was in process of being opened for the second half of the preseason game. A bolt from the fixed structure sheared and dropped into seating section 248 (located in the northwest corner of the lower seating bowl). Once the stadium authorities were notified, the movement of the roof was stopped immediately.
On-site medical personnel deemed all injuries to be non-life threatening. One female and one male were attended to by IU Health medical personnel and then transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The third person was a male who was treated and released on site.
A fan in the stands documented what she saw:
Two years ago two fans were injured at the same stadium after a railing collapsed.