Tourism & Hospitality

More downtown streets set to close before big game

January 26, 2012
Several streets will close Friday as Indianapolis gears up to host the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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Social media to play big role in Super Bowl

January 25, 2012
Scott Olson
A social media command center will monitor the digital fan conversation via Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, and respond to visitors who need assistance.
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NFL decides to add 5,000 tickets to Super Bowl mix

January 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NFL officials on Monday said they plan to expand Lucas Oil Stadium's capacity to 68,000 during the Feb. 5 event in Indianapolis. Capacity for Colts games is typically 63,000.
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Super Bowl matchup ‘touchdown’ for city, experts say

January 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The game will be a sellout no matter which teams are playing. But a showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is particularly intriguing from an economic impact standpoint.
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Megabus adds Indianapolis service to NashvilleRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Music City route begins March 14. Previously available routes travel to Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.
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Super Bowl parties are boon for fledgling downtown venue

January 19, 2012
Mason King
Crane Bay watch videoThe operators of the new Crane Bay Event Center two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium expect to more than recoup their $1.2 million investment in renovating the space by hosting high-profile parties before the Super Bowl, including the Rolling Stone events.
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Super Bowl plans set for former Nordstrom space

January 17, 2012
Scott Olson
An after-hours nightclub and a sports apparel shop operated by Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group will occupy much of the space, dubbed "The Huddle," during the festivities starting on Jan. 27.
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Bill requiring Indiana stage inspections advances

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
All outdoor stages in Indiana would have to pass inspections before any performances under a bill approved by a state Senate committee.
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Interest expressed in reopening amusement park

January 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of an Indiana amusement park are expressing interest in operating Kentucky Kingdom, which closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana lawmakers ponder more for state fair victims

January 16, 2012
Associated Press
State lawmakers could provide an additional $4 million to victims of last summer's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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CIB expects to lose money during Super Bowl

January 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, which manages Lucas Oil Stadium, is budgeting for an $810,000 loss on expenses related to the game. The city, however, expects a $200 million economic impact.
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Downtown businesses make adjustments for Super Bowl weekendRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
Downtown businesses that are not in tourist-dependent industries are girding for Super Bowl weekend, hoping their spot in the big game’s storm shadow brings only a light dusting of logistical, scheduling and personnel hassles.
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City boosts 2011 convention sales 13 percent

January 13, 2012
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association booked nearly 735,000 hotel room nights in 2011 for conventions and meetings.
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Indiana fair concerts going to expanded coliseum

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Commission decided Thursday to permanently move its outdoor grandstand concerts indoors and authorized spending $3.8 million to help prepare their new home: The Pepsi Coliseum located nearby on the north side Indianapolis fairgrounds.
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Workers sue 10 hotels, allege wage violations

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The lawsuit alleges that the hotels and subcontractor Hospitality Staffing Solutions regularly failed to pay employees for all the hours they worked and forced them to work off the clock without breaks.
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Outlying Super Celebration sites prepare for fans

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Twenty Super Celebration sites — selected by the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee with visitors in mind — include seven located outside the metro area in Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond/Wayne County, and Shelbyville.
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Premium prices sought for parking during Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Associated Press
Fans who come to downtown Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday had better be prepared to pay some big prices to park during the big game.
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Throng of volunteers involved in staging Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s biggest event of the year will be run almost entirely by an army of volunteers. Some 8,000 volunteers are helping to execute the preparations for the Super Bowl, which is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.
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Performers set to take to streets

January 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis has its occasional street musician or juggler, but the Super Bowl will bring out a new breed of performer--more theatrical, more cutting-edge. Local arts supporters hope the taste will leave city officials and residents wanting street theater year-round.
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Indy tourism officials launch Super Bowl ad campaign

January 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has launched a 25-day, $100,000 ad campaign to lure visitors to the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. The campaign targets the Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville markets.
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Local home and flower shows make Super Bowl shuffle

January 4, 2012
Scott Olson
The company that produces both the Indianapolis Home Show and the Indianapolis Home & Flower Show said a Super Bowl-related scheduling conflict led it to combine the shows this year.
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Children's Museum attendance hits another record

January 3, 2012
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis set an attendance record in 2011 with 1.27 million visitors, topping the high mark it set the previous year by 9.4 percent.
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City to host NFL awards event on eve of Super Bowl

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
The NFL will announce its annual league awards, including Most Valuable Player, in a two-hour prime-time special, "NFL Honors," to air on NBC on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 4.
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Chicago mimicking Indy sports strategyRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Tourism leaders in Chicago are launching an initiative some observers think is a direct shot at Indianapolis. In October, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau formed its own sports commission and fed it $300,000 in startup cash.
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Fieldhouse promoters have high hopes for first tennis event

December 30, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Pacers Sports & Entertainment and local tennis officials are hopeful a tennis event featuring Pete Sampras and Todd Martin at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be a springboard to much bigger tennis events, maybe even a Davis Cup match.
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