Lucas Oil Stadium. Home of the NFL football team the Indianapolis Colts starting in 2008. I thought the long trusses were beautiful, and the retractable roof would be cool to pull off using Lego bricks. Last updated 2009-07-19.
About this creation
Bricks: 30,000 (quite a bit less than I expected) plus minifigs (i.e. LEGO people)
Conceived: April, 2006
Completed: June, 2009 (debut of completed stadium was a BrickWorld 2009 in Chicago)
Total Minifigs: about 1085 plus 22 New York Giants players and 22 New England Patriots players Thanks to all who shared such fantastic pictures on the web. Please click the images to see more of their photos.
I made the main structure of a baseball park I will be building over the next 4 to 5 years. I will add an exterior and more details, but LDD runs slow, and buying the pieces will take forever. The stadium is New MOCpages park, and it has individual chairs for seats, and seats 752 minifigs currently.
Quoting Frankie Tomas
sweet how did you make the roof
Structurally, the roof is paneled with light gray 8x16 baseplates. It is framed on the ends by 3 rows of 1 x n black bricks, and at the top and bottom by plates attached to the panels. the panels are fastened together under the seams with 2 x n plates. Every 32 studs along the length there is a 3-brick high truss made of 2 x 2 x 3 round supports and 2 x 4 x 3 tails capped with 2 x n plates.
Mechanically, the roof rides on the top of the 5 transverse trusses on rollers. A pair of mini motors are embedded in the bottom of the roof. They wind a string whose far end is attached just past midway up the center transverse truss. As the string is wound, the panel is pulled up the truss. A polarity switch at the apex of the center transverse truss cuts current to the motors when one of the panels pushes the switch's lever.
The stadium will make an appearance at Lawrence North High School (located just north west of Indianapolis, Indiana) on August 1, 2009 during the FIRST Indiana Robotics Invitational. Eighty robotics teams(!) will be competing!