Colts owner and co-founder Dan Rooney has taken the first steps in his plan to build a museum to honor the life of his son, a former player who died in a car crash in 1994.
The Dan Rooney Museum and Gardens, as it is known, will be in Indianapolis, where the team has been for much of the past 20 years.
Rooney said Thursday that the team will be opening a new stadium at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to help raise money to build the museum.
“We are doing this to raise awareness about the fact that I did my best to help the Colts win,” Rooney said.
“I’ve had a great career with the Colts and a great family and a very special father.
And I want to help this city with this museum.”
Rooney, who is the third-highest-paid NFL owner behind Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts, said the museum will have about 50 exhibits.
The team is expected to open the museum in May or June, with exhibitions beginning in October.
Rooney and his family have long supported the Colts, which was purchased by the Rooney family in 2014 for $1.6 billion.
The stadium project was announced in February and was expected to be completed in 2021.
The museum will be a hub for events, including the annual Colts 500, which will be held in Indianapolis in 2021, Rooney said in an interview with The Indianapolis Star.
The Colts have been to Indianapolis four times, including in 2009 and 2011, when they played the Ravens.
The Rooney family said it has raised about $4.5 million for the museum through a Kickstarter campaign.
It is also looking for more money to finance the project.