Pete Ward, the team's chief operating officer, said the timing had nothing to do with the draft. Instead, he said, it was because a crane was in the area and available to take it down.
The banner had hung outside the stadium since its opening in 2008. After Manning was released March 7, the team added the words "Thank you Peyton" to the banner. Many credit Manning for helping to secure funding for the new stadium. A large banner also hung outside the RCA Dome before the team moved to Lucas Oil Stadium.
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