Sports/Recreation

USA Track & Field CEO doubles budget, pushes reformsRestricted Content

December 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Doug Logan is shaking up the sport and hopes to add more events, which could pay off for Indianapolis.
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City ready to award new golf contracts

December 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's administration has chosen five local contractors to run 12 municipal golf courses for the next 10 years, and expects to get $6.3 million in capital improvements out of the deal.
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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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Harbour Trees Golf Club sells hole sponsorships to raise cashRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
At a time when most central Indiana golf courses are hurting for income, Harbour Trees Golf Club is getting a windfall from a unique revenue source.
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BENNER: NCAA move keeps paying dividends for IndianaRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association opened the doors to its new headquarters in White River State Park.
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Indianapolis golf course contracts up for bidRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is requesting proposals to manage all but one of Indianapolis’ 13 municipal courses.
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Indianapolis loses two Bally fitness centersRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The closures come as the parent company reorganizes and competitors pump up their local presence.
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Velodrome plans in limboRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
While the Marian College cycling team has been off this month hunting national championships in Colorado, a plan by school officials to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks.
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Playground installation biz travels further to find clientsRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
George Umbarger
Child's-Play, a small business that installs playground equipment, has been hurt by the residential construction crunch, but is surviving by traveling more and providing more maintenance services.
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White River trail will weave in storiesRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
NINebark, a landscaping architectural firm, is making six large storyboards so that users of the planned White River Greenway will learn about the area's industrial history.
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Local chiropractor bounces into fitness businessRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Whitney Lee
Fishers chiropractor Steven Roberts had been teaching fitness classes using inflatable exercise balls for about seven years when he had a brainstorm—his adult clients might get even more out of them if the balls had handles.
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Group plans special-needs sports complex in MartinsvilleRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
A not-for-profit group led by an account executive at Clayton-based Ray's Trash Service is raising money to build a sports complex designed for people with special needs.
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Eastside trail work to beginRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Work is to begin this month on a 1.2-mile segment of the Pennsy Trail between Arlington Avenue and Shortridge Road.
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IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilities

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
IUPUI is grappling with how to pay for upkeep and improvements necessary to keep its three world-class athletic facilities—and the city—in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.
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City getting new marathonRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Organizers for a new Indianapolis marathon and half-marathon think the event will become a national draw, showcasing downtown monuments and historic neighborhoods. The first Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, to be held Nov. 1, is the brainchild of Carlton Ray, a former city engineer who worked in the Hudnut, Goldsmith and Peterson administrations.
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Fishers' hoops venue signs 2 franchise deals, plans moreRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
A multi-court basketball fieldhouse is doing such brisk business in Fishers, its owners have decided to franchise the operation. Scott Burton, CEO of The Fieldhouse, said deals have already been signed with franchisees in Merrillville and in Naperville, Ill.
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Flurry of fitness chains takes aim at Indianapolis

January 22, 2007
Cory Schouten
At least five companies are scouting locations for dozens of new health clubs in a blitz that could help the city shed its reputation for high rates of obesity. The fitness club business is booming nationwide, and several chains are betting Hoosiers are among those looking for more convenient opportunities to get in shape.
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Downtown ice rink in the worksRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Cory Schouten
Ice skating on Monument Circle ended in the mid-1980s after damage from the weight of ice was discovered in the fountain basin. But outdoor skating downtown might return. White River State Park plans to build a $1.5 million Olympic-size rink complete with sound and light equipment and a skate-rental stand.
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