Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be closed later this month, as 8,400 linear feet of galvanized pipe is replaced. As reported by local ABC affiliate WRTV, the three-year old pipes carry water to drinking fountains, sinks, showers and restrooms throughout the facility.
Despite the discovery of advanced rust and corrosion, John Klipsch, the executive director of the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority, stressed that water in the stadium still safe to drink. An installation or design flaw is believed to be the cause of the corrosion problem, which will cost between $2 million and $3 million to rectify using new pipes made of copper and stainless steel.
"We can't get our experts to agree 100 percent on a cause," Klipsch told WRTV's Tanya Spencer. "They do agree that we do need to replace all the galvanized pipe."
The stadium, which has endured a string of public setbacks in its relatively brief history, is expected to reopen in mid-May. Several scheduled events will be relocated in the meantime.