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NCAA overhauls bidding for championshipsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA is overhauling its event bidding format, and in June will bid out 500 championship events to be played over the next four years.
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Lawmakers forge deal to help Indianapolis Motor Speedway

April 26, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The plan authorizes the state to loan the Speedway $100 million—money it will borrow through bonds—to make the grandstands more accessible to people with disabilities and to install lights for night races.
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Marketing firm's founder mulls top IndyCar job, company sale

April 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Spire Capital Partners has put its 50-percent stake in Zionsville-based Just Marketing International on the market, as the company's founder, Zak Brown, reportedly mulls accepting an offer to be CEO of the IndyCar racing series.
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Extra security set for this weekend's Little 500

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
Heightened security measures and an expanded police presence will greet visitors at this weekend's annual Little 500 bicycle races in response to Monday's deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
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Safety chief says more security likely at events

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis will increase security at upcoming events such as the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Komen Race for the Cure, but spectators likely won't notice the changes, Troy Riggs said.
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Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police feel good about their security plan for this year's Indy 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.
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Colts confident they can sell new luxury suites

April 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Colts officials say local demand remains high for suites, even as other NFL teams struggle, and that season-ticket renewals are at 95 percent. The city will foot the $2 million bill for two new suites at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Ballard: New $6M complex will help attract world sports

April 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard revealed in India Tuesday that Indianapolis hopes to host the inaugural United States Cricketing Championship next year. The venue would be a little-discussed park on the east side undergoing a $6 million transformation.
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Mini-Marathon, Speedway review security after Boston blasts

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis 500 and 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will evaluate security procedures for their events after explosions Monday hit the Boston Marathon. An Indiana Pacers game in Boston was called off.
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BENNER: Of many shining moments, one could have shone brightestRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Benner
Some years stand out as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament.
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Olympic snub is sharp blow for Lucas Oil StadiumRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
USA Swimming’s decision to torpedo a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium casts doubts on the venue’s chances for future big-time, non-traditional events.
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Indy Motor Speedway to charge for infield parking spots

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Passes for parking inside the third turn for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 NASCAR race went on sale Monday. Front-row parking spaces cost $75 while additional general parking spaces will sell for $25.
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Demand for hotels, tickets spike as NCAA regional looms

March 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hoteliers are expecting a sellout this weekend, and ticket brokers are reporting a spike in ticket prices even though Indiana University is playing elsewhere.
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Indianapolis loses bid to host 2016 Olympic swim trials in stadium

March 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis has been eliminated as a candidate to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials at Lucas Oil Stadium. USA Swimming told local leaders that the venue would be "challenging for creating an intimate swimming setting."
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Ticket brokers, city to take lumps as IU sent east

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Ticket brokers took a gut punch Sunday when NCAA officials announced that Indiana University would not be playing in the Midwest Regional of the men's basketball tournament. Local tourism officials say the economic impact could drop $1.5 million.
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Indiana House backs bill allowing younger sports referees

March 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 92-4 on Monday in favor of the bill adding youth sports officials to the list of jobs for which children younger than 14 can be hired.
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Daytona 500 gets green light despite horrific accident

February 23, 2013
Associated Press
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said the track will "be ready to go racing" in time for Sunday's Daytona 500, following an accident Saturday that injured fans and drivers.
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Senate OKs Indianapolis Motor Speedway funding plan

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
A plan providing up to $100 million in state funding toward improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has won approval from the Indiana Senate.
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Speedway businesses eye gains from IMS upgrade

February 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nearby businesses hope upgrades to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from a proposed state taxing district would pave the way for additional offerings at the venue, including night racing.
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MainGate calls audible during blackout, tops sales forecasts

February 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Pregame emergency plans help MainGate Inc. go into scramble mode and keep Super Bowl merchandise shops at the Superdome open even while the lights were out.
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Big Easy Super Bowl attraction crowds fall short of Indy's

February 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Attendance this year for the Super Bowl-related NFL Experience and downtown village in New Orleans fell far short of what was achieved in Indianapolis last year.
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Super Bowl ticket prices lag those for last year's game

February 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Asking prices for tickets on the secondary market for Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Orleans are dramatically lower than they were last year when the game was in Indianapolis.
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Insurer tapping Super Bowl to continue ad campaign

January 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will unveil two new ads during game-day coverage Sunday as part of its successful "Stop Knocking on Wood" marketing effort.
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Lids and MainGate gear up for Super BowlRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
The companies, newly appointed to handle merchandise sale for the mega-event, are bringing in talent from across the country to staff the game in New Orleans.
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Colts trying to tackle proposed ticket-tax hike

January 16, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Colts are playing defense as city leaders move to hike a ticket tax on downtown events by 67 percent. The team says raising the tax on tickets from 6 percent to 10 percent will harm its bottom line and that of local businesses that rely on Colts fans.
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