Sports Venues

Motorsports park proposed for southwest side of Indy

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Plans call for a Motocross track, one-fifth-mile dirt track and ATV trails on 36 acres near Interstate 465 and Mann Road.
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Developers line up for Westfield sports complex

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Westfield’s Sports Commission is evaluating proposals from three firms interested in helping the town become “The Family Sports Capital of America.”
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Indianapolis Indians use promotion to make Monday games profitable

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Concession-stand items for $1 started drawing crowds a few years ago to what had been a slow night at Victory Field.
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Super Bowl scarf-knitting, green programs unveiled for 2012

January 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled two unique programs bent on culling the state for a diverse volunteer base. But one well-known local black activist said the effort isn't good enough.
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Tony George resigns from Speedway, IRL board

January 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
His resignation removes George from any remaining role in Hulman & Co., Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS Productions and other affiliated companies.
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Uncertainty over 2012 Super Bowl puts hotels in a bind

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At issue is a dispute pitting NFL players against owners, and owners against one another over how league revenue should be divided. If it isn't resolved, the 2011 season could be shortened, delayed or canceled.
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Indianapolis still in hunt to be World Cup host

January 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was one of 18 cities included in United State's bid to host World Cup Soccer event in 2018 or 2022.
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Venue-management titans emerge as CIB front-runners

January 9, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Experts say a unique four-way partnership that includes the Pacers and Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association may be the favorite to run the city's sports and convention venues.
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Lucas Oil Stadium lease for Final Four is on CIB's front burner

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president of basketball and business strategies, said the deal needs tweaking because Lucas Oil Stadium was in the conceptual stages when Indianapolis won the bid to host the 2010 Final Four.
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Big companies seek chance to bid on CIB privatization

January 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis receives a dozen responses to its proposal to privatize management of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center and, perhaps, Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Irsay calls decision a 'close call,' but 'courageous'

December 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts team owner says he doesn't expect fan backlash over pulling starters in loss to last long.
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IUPUI seeking funds from CIB to renovate Natatorium

December 14, 2009
Scott Olson
IUPUI says it needs about $15 million to renovate the aging Natatorium swimming complex and wants the city's Capital Improvement Board to fund part of the expense.
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Indianapolis Indians take big revenue hit, but team still profitable

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Team profits declined from $1.23 million in 2008 to $459,603 this year. Despite that, the team’s board voted unanimously to pay a dividend.
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Baseball meetings let leaders tout Indianapolis to influential audience

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was up against Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and New Orleans to host baseball's Winter Meetings, which will draw more than 200 media members from the nation’s top 30 markets.
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Tennis officials set to reveal tournament buyer

December 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Sources told IBJ last week that the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Section was in serious negotiations to buy the event and move it to Atlanta.
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Heavyweights may vie to manage venues for troubled CIBRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
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CIB finances improving, though concerns remain

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Approaching the end of 2009, Indianapolis' cash-strapped Capital Improvement Board is on much more solid financial footing.
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Critics: NCAA's reselling of suites out of sync with scalping ban

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Lucas Oil Stadium suite holders are upset that the NCAA is taking their luxury boxes for the men’s basketball Final Four in April and reselling them on the secondary—or scalpers—market.
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Citizens Energy donates land to baseball not-for profit

November 5, 2009
Citizens has donated 28 acres of land from its former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility site on the southeast side of Indianapolis to Play Ball Indiana for the development of a youth sports complex.
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Circle City Classic must boost attendance, sponsorship revenue to surviveRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Dramatic decreases in sponsorship and ticket revenue this year and the recent resignation of the Circle City Classic’s new executive director have some questioning if the event can survive. Now Classic leaders are considering a bevy of bold changes.
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Indiana Members Credit Union signs Pacers sponsorship pact

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The agreement includes player appearances, a Pacers debit card, courtside signage, radio spots, hospitality and use of the Conseco Fieldhouse practice court for community relations initiatives.
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Sales of luxury suites slow at most Indianapolis sports venues

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Ten years ago, the Indiana Pacers sold out their 69 Conseco Fieldhouse suites and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway barely touched a phone to sell its 120 luxury boxes. But entertaining at luxury suites is out of vogue now, thanks to the recession and companies keeping a closer eye on spending.
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Lucas Oil out to build on Jiffy Lube dealRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One year after emblazoning its name on the Indianapolis Colts’ mammoth new home, Lucas Oil Products Inc. has leveraged that sponsorship into a pact with Jiffy Lube that company founder Forrest Lucas thinks will score huge profits for his company.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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Indians report 2009 attendance figures

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Tribe attracted 549,552 fans (8,202 per game) to Victory Field this season—its third-best average since 2001.
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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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