I have mentioned it many times on this forum... IMO, if you want to find out what type of owner Jim Irsay is, research John Gill.
When Gill was arrested for public intoxication (he was found laying face down in a ditch and could not stand when a police officer was trying to talk with him). The Colts did not cut him, they put him on the non football injury list. So what you asked. Well by doing that Gill was able to collect his check every week while he was going through rehab (something else the Colts paid for). If you don't know who John Gill is... that is part of the story, it's not like Gill was a high draft pick and the Colts were protecting their investment. He was an undrafted free agent of the Detroit Lions who was released quickly and signed with the Colts. He was on the team for 2009 and then was arrested during training camp in 2010. He played in 2 games in his career with 0 starts.
Stadiums are designed to make money. Period.
And upper decks are further away from the field because of all the suites that take up levels now ($$$$$), making stadiums bigger. Unless you build them with all the suites stacked on one side, like in Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco.
I’m not hurting today because I didn’t do the marathon. The good I’m in no pain, the bad is I miss it. Being doing it before many of you were born but health issues put a stop to it. Nothing really bad but it was also time hang it up!