"It is also important to note that, from the very beginning, Lucas Oil Stadium was designed to be a multi-use facility to accommodate many users, not just the Colts...... While we are immensely proud to be able to call Lucas Oil Stadium our home field, the fact of the matter is the Colts only use the stadium a maximum of nineteen days a year; and the facility is available for use by virtually anyone else the remaining 346 days."
http://www.wthr.com/article/colts-letter-to-fans-on-lucas-oil-stadiumSo as long as it doesn't conflict with a home game, the Colts say 'no problem'. And to be frank, the ICCLOS would be insane to try and preempt a football game. But since this year's date won't conflict, the field is open and available. We'll have to wait and see about future dates, but 2017 is quite obviously already decided.
The Gen Con Games Library has announced publicly on their FB page that they will be gaming on the field. See austicke's post #6, above.
NASCRAG will also be on the field. See post #21.
Whoops, somehow double posted. Sorry!
I wonder if they will be placing "planks" or "boards" down to protect the turf, of if we will just have the sideline areas. Either way it will be pretty cool!
The field was designed to somehow either remove the turf or protect it. The stadium holds an annual "Fire Department Instructors Conference", and the field actually has fire trucks on display during it:
So yeah, it's taken care of somehow. I don't know if the "Field Turf" (that's the stuff used in LOS) is removed, or if the concrete floor is somehow lain over top of it, but it gets handled.
For the FDIC, they install Field Turf Armour. I'm guessing you need full plate armor for fire trucks and such.
However, for soccer, they just throw some plastic down and lay sod on top. This is what they did when Chelsea played here a few years ago.
Time-lapse of LOS field coversion
But yeah, still funny. How'd the scalpers react? Awe, or jadedness once they were informed? :)
One year (probably the same year you're referring to), the scalpers were out...
Scalper: "Anyone got extra tickets?" "Whose got extra tickets?"
Yeah you know what came next.
Me: "I do". *pulls out tickets* "I've got a D&D Open, True Dungeon, and a couple of generics. Whatcha looking for?"
Scalper: "Nah man. That's those Gem-co tickets"
(At least he was close.)
The next year a scalper was out...scalping a GenCon badge. Seriously. He had it in his hands. LOL.