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Political conventions fell short on return on investmentRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Daunting scheduling and fundraising challenges led city officials to walk away from opportunities to bid on the 2016 national conventions for both Republicans and Democrats, but the city’s latest Super Bowl setback might make the 2020 political conventions alluring.
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Indianapolis cancels cricket championship

May 30, 2014
"Deteriorating" communications with the sponsoring organization forced the decision, the city of Indianapolis announced Friday afternoon.
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Indianapolis grasps for answers in violent year

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
The number of homicides in Indianapolis is increasing at an alarming rate, putting the city on pace to have its deadliest year in at least eight years.
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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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IndyCar's TV ratings gaining momentumRestricted Content

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
TV ratings for the IndyCar Series zoomed 44 percent this year for the races leading up to the Indianapolis 500, compared to the same period a year ago, buoyed in part by a strong showing for the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis. But overall viewership remains anemic—less than one-fourth the audience for most NASCAR races.
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After Super Bowl setback, Indianapolis races to lure other events

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A stinging defeat for Indy’s quest to land the 2018 Super Bowl leaves a giant opening in the city’s convention schedule and brings new urgency to recruiting future sports events.
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Indy 500 revels in tradition, embraces changes

May 23, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The hallowed race is straddling a fine line as it tries to please longtime devotees and makes a raft of upgrades to the track and viewing experience designed to secure new fans.
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Indianapolis Zoo's orangutan center set for opening

May 23, 2014
Associated Press
The $26 million International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open to the public Saturday. Zoo officials expect a tremendous attendance boost from the exhibit.
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Irsay open to another Super Bowl bid, but 2019 looks unlikely

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
It’s unclear what’s next for Indianapolis, which hosted its first Super Bowl in 2012. Organizers said it’s simply too early to consider going for another Super Bowl. It seems bidding next year for the 2019 game is off the table.
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Indianapolis loses Super Bowl bid to Minneapolis and its new stadium

May 20, 2014
Bloomberg News, Anthony Schoettle
Despite having what several NFL executives said was the strongest proposal, Indianapolis lost out on hosting the 2018 championship game to a city with a new, $975 million stadium in the wings.
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NFL owners to consider expansion of playoffs

May 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
In addition to deciding which city will host the 2018 Super Bowl, National Football League owners on Tuesday will try to determine whether to add two more teams to the playoffs.
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Indy an underdog in final push to capture 2018 Super Bowl

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
New Orleans has emerged as the front runner to host the Super Bowl in 2018 due to its tricentennial celebration and the fact that this could be 87-year-old Saints owner Tom Benson's last crack at hosting the big game.
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State solicits ideas for bicentennial plaza near Statehouse

May 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Significant portions of Indiana's 2016 bicentennial celebration could take place on a new public plaza west of the Statehouse. A request for information on the project issued this week assumes a $2 million construction budget.
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Indiana State Fair announces Free Stage concerts

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair says its Free Stage during this summer's fair will include performances by several rising country performers and some well-known Grammy-nominated Canadian rockers.
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Bid says 2 new hotels possible before 2018 Super Bowl

May 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city on Wednesday turned in a 900-page bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl that mentions the possibility of two new downtown hotels. Meanwhile, a Colts official said owner Jim Irsay plans to help lobby for the city's bid at the May 19-21 NFL owners meeting.
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Zoo lands $5M gift for new orangutan center

May 5, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The $26M exhibit will be named the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center in recognition of the donation from Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt.
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Flurry of renovations upgrade downtown Indianapolis hotel scene

April 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Trend driven by hyper competition, pent-up demand from the recession, opening of JW Marriott.
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MORTON: Indy's road to Oz will end soon for sports team owners

April 26, 2014
David B. Morton
The seemingly endless yellow brick road to Oz, or what residents of central Indiana have come to accept as privately owned professional sports franchises seeking financial sustenance to build and upgrade, is nearing a tipping point of practical expenditures.
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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its convention of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ.
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Fairgrounds officials pushing for coliseum sponsorship

April 24, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Fairgrounds Coliseum, which reopens Thursday after a $63 million renovation, is likely to receive a new name soon, an Indiana State Fair Commission spokesman said.
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City beat steep odds to land NRA convention

April 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
City tourism officials worked for years to bring second-largest convention ever to Indianapolis.
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UPDATE: Indy 'unlikely' to seek 2016 party conventions

April 22, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Despite an invitation from the Democratic National Committee to bid for the party's nominating convention, Mayor Greg Ballard says Indianapolis has too many commitments on its plate.
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Changes in store as Indiana Beach plans 88th season

April 22, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana amusement park is retiring its 42-year-old roller coaster, but is adding seven new attractions.
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500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

April 20, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.
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Dora Brothers affiliate loses downtown hotel in bankruptcy

April 14, 2014
Scott Olson
The Fishers-based company lost the Comfort Suites City Centre near Lucas Oil Stadium in a bankruptcy reorganization filed by one of its affiliates, which owed a creditor about $12 million.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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