Sunday, May 3, 2009

Massive Mass at Lucas Oil Stadium Today; Do the Colts Get A Cut of the Collection Plate?

The Indianapolis Star reports:

Thousands of Catholic Hoosiers are expected to flood Lucas Oil Stadium today for a ceremonial mass in honor of Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ 175th Anniversary.

The mass begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein and 19 other Catholic dignitaries from across the United States are expected to attend.

The church believes this could be one of the largest assemblies of Catholics in state history.

I wonder if 1) the Church had to pay the Colts to use the facility like other groups; 2) Whether the Colts get 1/2 of the collection plate pursuant to the contract.


Downtown Indy said...

I hope they prayed for a miracle.

Jon said...

I'd presume that the Colts do per the contract. Do we the taxpayers have any avenue to discover what is in fact is paid to the Colts and when?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Jon, as the Colts are operating undera private contract they have with the CIB, the Colts should be subject to Indiana's Open Records law. The law in terms of what records a contractor needs to provide is not real clear but my opinion is that it is the same that a public agency would have to provide.

Patriot Paul said...

What about the event honoring our troops back from overseas, held earlier this year in the stadium? It was a free event but who paid for the hosting expenses?
And how many other 'free' events are on schedule?

Paul K. Ogden said...


One of the great things about having a community building like Lucas Oil Stadium is to be able to provide it to groups like this, the veteran's group you talk about and IHSAA. But if they have to pay the Colts to use it, then the public is being deprived of the use of a public building by a private company.