The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning and a heat advisory for the Indianapolis metro area, resulting in the decision by Lucas Oil Stadium management and Drum Corps International officials to keep the stadium's massive retractable roof closed during today's World Class Quarterfinals event.
Lucas Oil Stadium
With forecast temperatures in the mid to upper 90s at the start of today's competition, the decision was made in the best interest of participants, fans, event staff and volunteers.
"Just like we would keep the roof closed if it was too cold, sometimes it's just flat-out too hot to open it. Today is one of those days," said Lucas Oil Stadium Director Mike Fox. "When we're dealing with this kind of heat for a sustained period of time, we really need to keep participants and fans as comfortable as possible."
According to the National Weather Service, for the first time in more than 20 years the Indianapolis area is on the verge of reaching a milestone of recorded temperatures at or above 95 degrees for five consecutive days.
"I realize proponents of opening the roof will be disappointed as I am, because I want this to happen," said DCI Executive Director and CEO Dan Acheson. "We need to stay focused, however, on ensuring a safe environment for all of our DCI family to enjoy the World Championship experience."
Voted on by corps directors during a March conference call, the roof is already scheduled to remain closed for Friday and Saturday's Semifinals and Finals events.