Event Planners

Gen Con convention betting on attendance surge

August 4, 2011
Scott Olson
Organizers of the four-day gaming conference think this year's event will draw 35,000 visitors to Indianapolis, thanks in large part to a bigger convention center.

Former Nordstrom space could find Super Bowl use

August 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The massive space in Circle Centre mall vacated by high-end retailer Nordstrom could be used to host corporate events surrounding the big game.

Inaugural Chowdown Midtown event set for launch

June 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Mirroring the popular Devour Downtown event, Chowdown Midtown features 34 restaurants in the Broad Ripple area offering specific menu options for the set price of $30. The event runs through June 16.

Indianapolis lands Big Ten football title game through 2015

June 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis outbid Chicago for the rights to host the Big Ten Conference football championship game through 2015 and also landed the 2014 and 2016 title games in men's and women's basketball.

Better Wi-Fi sought for stadium, convention center

June 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is accepting proposals to improve Wi-Fi service at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. The systems are expected to be operational in time for the Super Bowl in February.

Insurer seeks to avoid claims from wedding accident

April 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Michigan insurance company is seeking to avoid paying for any claims made by Mavris Arts & Event Center in Indianapolis involving a high-profile fatal wedding-shuttle accident last summer.

Dealer Expo trade show kicks off expanded Convention Center

February 18, 2011
Scott Olson
The massive powersports convention is one of the biggest annual events hosted by the city and is the first to use the expanded Indiana Convention Center since a $275 addition was completed.

Will city be ready for Super Bowl blitz?

February 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The compact nature of downtown Indianapolis—long seen as a major draw for conventions and other events—is creating challenges for organizers of next year’s Super Bowl.

Smaller meetings key to convention center expansion

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Large conventions typically get the most attention, but it's the smaller meetings that will be critical to ensuring the expanded Indiana Convention Center is adequately occupied.

ICVA executives sharing leadership duties

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Three hospitality industry executives are holding down the fort as the ICVA board searches for a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Don Welsh. Directors are on no timetable to name a replacement.

Super Bowl organizers not concerned about lockout

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Host committee chairman Mark Miles said he believes the city would get another Super Bowl even if an NFL labor stoppage canceled the game.

CIB OKs $2.6M in carpet upgrades for convention center

December 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board plans to spend about $2.6 million to replace 370,000 square feet of carpeting in the older portion of the Indiana Convention Center to match the carpet in the new addition.
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