Event Planners

City hopes for big splash from NCAA swimming events

March 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA swimming championships being held at the IU Natatorium this week kick off six years of collegiate swimming championships that are expected to generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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Sleeping-products event a real eye-opener

March 14, 2012
Scott Olson
About 3,200 visitors are in the city as part of the International Sleep Products Association's biennial event, which showcases the latest technology in mattress manufacturing.
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IU success spurs Big Ten tourney ticket sales

March 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are confident attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tourney will top last year's total of more than 86,000 and could surpass 90,000 for the first time since 2006.
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Indiana House passes bill requiring stage inspections

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
All large, temporary outdoor stages like the one in last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse would face temporary state inspection standards under a bill approved Monday by the Indiana House.
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Fans encountering smooth departures at airport

February 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The most congested area of Indianapolis International Airport Monday morning may have been the Lids souvenir stand at the center of the food court.
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N.Y., New Orleans eyeing Indy's Super Bowl playbook

February 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis, which is being noted as the cleanest and friendliest Super Bowl site, is being called a "hard act to follow" by future host cities.
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Party planners hope to cash in on Super Bowl

February 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Local companies helping with game's festivities are using their home turf to showcase their talents in hopes it will lead to more work at future Super Bowls.
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With Super Bowl, city seeks to distinguish itself

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Like every host city, Indianapolis has tried to stand out with unusual features for the 10-day party it's hosting for the nation. But will any of those things become standard parts of future Super Bowl experiences?

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Super Bowl matchup ‘touchdown’ for city, experts say

January 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The game will be a sellout no matter which teams are playing. But a showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is particularly intriguing from an economic impact standpoint.
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Super Bowl parties are boon for fledgling downtown venue

January 19, 2012
Mason King
Crane Bay watch videoThe operators of the new Crane Bay Event Center two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium expect to more than recoup their $1.2 million investment in renovating the space by hosting high-profile parties before the Super Bowl, including the Rolling Stone events.
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City boosts 2011 convention sales 13 percent

January 13, 2012
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association booked nearly 735,000 hotel room nights in 2011 for conventions and meetings.
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Outlying Super Celebration sites prepare for fans

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Twenty Super Celebration sites — selected by the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee with visitors in mind — include seven located outside the metro area in Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond/Wayne County, and Shelbyville.
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Premium prices sought for parking during Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Associated Press
Fans who come to downtown Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday had better be prepared to pay some big prices to park during the big game.
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Throng of volunteers involved in staging Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s biggest event of the year will be run almost entirely by an army of volunteers. Some 8,000 volunteers are helping to execute the preparations for the Super Bowl, which is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.
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Indy tourism officials launch Super Bowl ad campaign

January 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has launched a 25-day, $100,000 ad campaign to lure visitors to the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The campaign targets the Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville markets.
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Local home and flower shows make Super Bowl shuffle

January 4, 2012
Scott Olson
The company that produces both the Indianapolis Home Show and the Indianapolis Home & Flower Show said a Super Bowl-related scheduling conflict led it to combine the shows this year.
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Rolling Stone, Bacardi to host Super Bowl bash

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine and rum maker Bacardi say they plan to throw a star-studded party the night before the Super Bowl at a renovated factory called The Crane Bay two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Sky Zone trampoline center bounces into Fishers

December 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Sky Zone, a franchised all-trampoline indoor recreational complex operated by Jeff Mast, opens Monday in Fishers at Cumberland Road and East 121st Street, just south of Interstate 69.
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Gen Con commits to city for five more years

December 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The annual Gen Con convention, which had a previous commitment to Indianapolis through 2015, is extending its agreement through 2020. The latest Gen Con event drew a record 36,733 visitors.
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Stewart's NASCAR victory likely to boost local trade show

November 21, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The International Motorsports Industry Show at the Indiana Convention Center should get a jolt of publicity from Tony Stewart, who is not only the 2011 NASCAR champ but the show's part-owner.
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Oktoberfest organizers face bill for unpaid fairgrounds rent

November 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Board members of the German-American Klub of Indianapolis could be personally on the hook for more than $20,000 in unpaid rent at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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Kiwanis chooses Indianapolis for 100th convention

October 19, 2011
The Indianapolis-based organization will hold its annual convention in the city in 2015, marking its 100th anniversary. About 10,000 members are expected to attend.
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Mayor has monumental plan for Georgia Street, delays name change

September 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard temporarily calls off plans to rename the historic street to instead focus on a project that would line it with 30 monuments saluting famous Hoosiers.
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Another lawsuit filed in Indiana fair stage collapse

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
The family of a Fort Wayne woman killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair filed a lawsuit Monday alleging gross negligence and recklessness by the promoters and producers of the concert.
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Gen Con Indy convention scores record attendance

August 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gen Con Indy, one of the city’s largest annual conventions, drew a record 36,733 unique visitors to this year's event, organizers announced Thursday.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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