Katie and Mike Stephenson officially joined the Colts family as season ticket members in 2012.
“When Andrew Luck came in, we swooped up those tickets. My husband is die-hard. He was a die-hard Peyton fan. He never had tickets with Peyton. So he was like, ‘We’re getting them with Andrew Luck.’”
This year, they grew their own family with the birth of their first child, a son named Timmy, in July.
“When I was pregnant it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, if I plan on nursing, how are we going to take the baby?’ Mike was like, ‘Well, you just might not be able to go to games.’”
Even though Timmy arrived a month early, his team was one step ahead of him.
When Mike sent his picture to the Colts, they reached out and asked if they wanted to help unveil the new nursing suite at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Indianapolis Colts and Lucas Oil Stadium unveiled a lactation suite that will provide a new option for nursing mothers at a Colts game or another stadium event who prefer a private location to breastfeed or pump.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this answered our prayers,’” Katie said.
On Thursday, Katie and Timmy joined Colts Owner and Vice Chair Kalen Jackson at Lucas Oil Stadium to get a first look at the new portable lactation suite located inside the southwest corner.
“At Mamava, we believe that all mamas deserve a clean, comfortable, dignified place to pump or breastfeed distraction free – any time, any place. And that time is now for Indianapolis Colts fans,” said Suzie McKenna with Mamava.
As a new mom herself, Jackson understands the challenges facing working moms, mothers on the go, and all moms.
“My daughter is turning one next Saturday,” she said. “I breastfed and pumped for seven months and I can personally speak to the stress and the feeling like you’re kind of alone. Having something like this shows we’re thinking of you and we really want you to be able to have your full life with us at the games and to bring your kids.”
And that’s what Katie plans to do.
“He already has his own set of headphones,” she said. “He’s good to go. He’s ready.”
She couldn’t be more grateful to have a team that makes family a priority.
“It’s really awesome,” she said. “It’s nice to have moms who breastfeed on our side.”
Located on the street level near section 132, the Mamava suite offers comfortable seating, a fold-down table, electric outlets for breast pumps, a USB port, and a door that locks for privacy.
There are two ways to access the suite.
“You’re able to download the app, which will locate the pod for you and if you are within three feet of the unit, the Bluetooth technology will unlock it for you,” McKenna said. “There is also a key code where you are able to reach out to any information desk and get that code to be able to access it if you don’t have the app or access to a phone.”
The suite is available to visitors and staff on game day and all other events at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Mother’s Room, located on the north side of the stadium on the loge level near sections 307 and 407 is another location available for breastfeeding and pumping.
For Jackson, it’s about family.
“It takes a village to raise a baby,” she said. “This is our way of being part of that village for our Colts fans.”
It’s also a way of having the backs of the fans who have theirs.
“Our female fan base is so important to us, it’s over half our fan base and that just speaks to the importance of it even more,” she said. “It’s just a nice thing to be able to be a part of.”
And for Katie and Timmy, it was special to be part of it.
“I’ve already taken a picture and sent it to my husband, like, ‘I already took him for the first time to Lucas Oil,’” she laughed.
The first of many visits, it’s a place they’ll make memories as a family – while cheering on their Colts family.