Peyton Manning Statue and PlazaIndianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Colts and City of Indianapolis

The heart of the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team, Peyton Manning, may have retired, but his legacy lives on through a statue that was placed on the plaza of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Browning Day landscape architects developed conceptual designs for the plaza space, the sculpture base and railing design. We worked directly with the sculptor throughout the process to ensure the space we created responded to the selected pose and coordinated directly with the contractor through construction to address unforeseen conditions, and to ensure quality control on the decorative concrete pavement, and railing design elements.

The plaza was designed as a place to gather to take photos with the sculpture as well as appreciate the feats achieved by Peyton Manning.

The upper portion of the plaza is near the corner of South Street and Capitol Avenue at the north end of the Lucas Oil Stadium entrance. The plaza is approximately 20 by 15 feet and the bronze sculpture is nearly 10 feet tall. It sits on a 4-foot-tall brick and limestone base bringing the total height to almost 14 feet.

A unique feature of the space is the concrete pavement which is designed to resemble the striping of a football field. Utilizing different colors, and amounts of exposed aggregate within the concrete mixes, increments of 10 “yards” stand out with Peyton Manning throwing within the football “field.” The stainless steel Indianapolis Colts “horseshoe” railing started out as a quick sketch and turned into a nice feature element of the plaza. The statue is one-of-a-kind as it is the only sculpture at the stadium. It was unveiled to a crowd of thousands on Oct. 7, 2017.