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Big Ten men's basketball tourney already sold out

February 24, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The tournament is returning to downtown’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse after being played at the United Center in Chicago a year ago. It will be the ninth time Indianapolis has hosted the tournament in the event's 16-year history.
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Indy Eleven says new stadium crucial for long-term successRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Eleven won’t play its first game for nearly seven weeks. But officials with the North American Soccer League franchise say there’s already an urgent need to plow ahead with building the team an $87 million stadium.
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Vintage-car entrants for Speedway race zoom past maximum

February 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The rush of drivers trying to enter a new vintage car race at the IMS was so fast and furious that the event promoter has been forced to turn away many of them.
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Team owner pitches lawmakers on soccer stadium

February 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
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At Perfect North, there's no business like snow business

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

“The first year, we had about 700 visitors,” said Chip Perfect. “That’s a typical Saturday for us now.”

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Indiana House gatekeeper open to soccer stadium

January 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown said lawmakers will consider a plan by the IndyEleven soccer team to finance an $87 million stadium. The proposal is likely to be attached to an existing Senate bill.
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Soccer team seeks state help for $87M downtown stadium

January 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir hopes state lawmakers will help him finance construction of a multi-use soccer stadium with 18,500 seats in downtown Indianapolis.
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Indy Fuel gets commitments from 500 season-ticket buyers

January 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indy Fuel said Wednesday that the response has been better than expected considering the hockey team’s formation was just announced in late November.
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Indy Eleven soccer games to be locally televised this spring

December 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WNDY-TV Channel 23 will broadcast the club's inaugural campaign. One of its challenges will be to field a team of announcers who can provide authoritative play-by-play.
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Assembly Hall to carry Simon Skjodt name after major renovation

December 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University's Assembly Hall will be renamed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall after the school uses a $40 million gift from IU graduate and Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt to renovate the facility, IU announced Thursday afternoon.
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Group to determine if Anderson gym can be saved

December 5, 2013
Associated Press
Former Muncie Central High School basketball coach Terry Thimlar is proposing putting an NBA Development League team in the Wigwam in an effort to save the historic venue.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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Mayor pushing plan to use city funds to upgrade Natatorium

November 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard is proposing to pay about half of the $20 million needed to upgrade the Natatorium at IUPUI. The city's Capital Improvement Board is also considering setting aside tax revenue for operation expenses.
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City's new pro hockey team to be called Indy Fuel

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Fuel said they are in the process of hiring front-office and coaching staff, signing an affiliation agreement with a NHL franchise, and recruiting players to fill the roster.
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Pro hockey returning to coliseum in 2014

November 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana State Fair Commission announced Monday that it signed a deal with Indiana Hockey Club LLC, an ECHL expansion franchise that will become an anchor tenant for the fairgrounds’ newly renovated coliseum.
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Proposed GM plan reserves space for soccer stadiumRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
One of the players vying to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant has set aside room in his plans for a roughly 10,000-seat stadium where his own North American Soccer League franchise could play.
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IUPUI seeks financial help to overhaul NatatoriumRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University officials are seeking $17 million to $20 million to upgrade the Natatorium on the IUPUI campus and are considering turning day-to-day operations of the aquatics venue over to a third party.
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Bowl bid could come down to Indy, old Texas nemesis

October 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
League sources say Indianapolis and Dallas will be among the finalists announced Tuesday for the 2018 Super Bowl. That will pit Colts owner Jim Irsay against powerful Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
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Speedway's May 'Grand Prix' requires road track overhaul

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
The new 14-turn, 2.434-mile course will be run the opposite direction of the Indy 500 on a newly resurfaced track that will be wider, have longer straightaways and three new passing zones, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Tuesday.
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Ballard wins allies for cricket strategyRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Both sides of the political aisle are howling that the $6 million transforming Post Road Community Park into the Indianapolis World Sports Park could be better spent. Yet a powerful group of people and organizations says the 48-acre park championed by Mayor Greg Ballard is already paying off and will score even bigger dividends in the future.
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Well woes blamed on new Indianapolis sports park

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some Indianapolis residents living near where the World Sports Park is being built say its new irrigation system is sucking their home water wells dry.
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Indians extend deal with Pirates through 2016

August 12, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Since the Indians began their affiliation with the Pirates in 2005, they have posted a 668-604 regular-season record, including a 352-289 mark at Victory Field.
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International soccer match draws 42,000 to Lucas Oil

August 2, 2013
Associated Press
The biggest soccer match in Indianapolis history also marked the first time that a natural grass surface was was laid inside the Colts' stadium.
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Animated film 'Turbo' could give racing a boost

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
A new DreamWorks Animation movie centers on the Indianapolis 500. It's a dream come true for the IndyCar Series, which can't buy a break in halting its slide in public interest.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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