Data Center Flooded at Colts' New Stadium

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Drainpipe failures at Lucas Oil Stadium have flooded the data center at the new $750 million facility, which is scheduled to host the preseason home opener for the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 24. The problems occurred Tuesday night when a series of strong thunderstorms swept through Indianapolis. Three drainpipes designed to handle runoff didn’t work properly, flooding the data center at the stadium with several feet of water.

John Klipsch, executive director of the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority, described the damage:

“The data center is the main control room for our phones, our Wi-Fi, our Internet access and some other high-tech stuff,” Klipsch said. “We called an emergency meeting with all our contractors this morning, and everybody at this juncture is reporting that they think they can get that nerve center back on line within a matter of weeks.”

Local officials say a grand opening for the new stadium Aug. 16 will go on as scheduled.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.