Tourism & Hospitality

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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Live Nation quietly unveils downtown basement venue

December 28, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Live Nation is quietly ramping up the schedule for a new 500-seat venue in the basement of Old National Centre. Managers are putting off the grand opening until after Indianapolis recovers from Super Bowl fever.
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Near-east-side Super Bowl efforts go beyond the big game

December 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
For a Super Bowl-related initiative to revitalize Indianapolis’ near-east side, the hardest work will come after the Feb. 5 game.
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Far-flung areas court Super Bowl spending

December 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown will be the focal point of Super Bowl XLVI, but communities from Zionsville to Columbus are aggressively pursuing some of the money visitors are expected to shower on the region.
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Openings launch new era for Indianapolis tourism

December 24, 2011
The $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion was completed in January, and the 1,005-room JW Marriott opened the following month.
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City announces street closures for Super Bowl

December 15, 2011
Several streets in downtown Indianapolis, including part of Monument Circle and those surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, will be closed in the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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City tourism generated $3.6B in 2010, study says

December 14, 2011
An Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association study shows the amount of tourism dollars last year increased by $120 million from 2009. The city also attracted more visitors in 2010.
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Ten Hoosiers chosen for Georgia Street memorials

December 14, 2011
J.K. Wall
The honorees include business leaders, former U.S. presidents, famous novelists, a Shawnee chief and a feminist pioneer.
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Rolling Stone, Bacardi to host Super Bowl bash

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Rolling Stone magazine and rum maker Bacardi say they plan to throw a star-studded party the night before the Super Bowl at a renovated factory called The Crane Bay two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Sky Zone trampoline center bounces into Fishers

December 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Sky Zone, a franchised all-trampoline indoor recreational complex operated by Jeff Mast, opens Monday in Fishers at Cumberland Road and East 121st Street, just south of Interstate 69.
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Indianapolis' revitalized Georgia Street is work in progress

December 10, 2011
Cory Schouten
Workers finished $12.5 million in improvements between the Indiana Convention Center and Conseco Fieldhouse in November. Now will building owners bring the entertainment spot to life?
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Gen Con commits to city for five more years

December 7, 2011
Scott Olson
The annual Gen Con convention, which had a previous commitment to Indianapolis through 2015, is extending its agreement through 2020. The latest Gen Con event drew a record 36,733 visitors.
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Zoo launches $30M campaign to build orangutan center

December 6, 2011
Scott Olson
Construction on the International Orangutan Center would start in August, with the opening set for Memorial Day weekend in 2014.
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Tapes show concern before Indiana stage collapse

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
A recording of dispatch radio calls shows that emergency workers were expressing concern about severe weather just minutes before winds ripped through the Indiana State Fair and caused a fatal stage collapse.
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Defects prompt closure of county fair grandstands

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana county faces a big bill to replace its fairground's grandstand after numerous safety problems were found during an inspection prompted by this summer's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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For Big Ten championship, even suites are for sale

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
Besides individual tickets, entire suites are being offered for as much as $28,000 on various online brokerage sites for the inaugural Big Ten championship football game.
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High-profile art at airport removed for video wall

November 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Sponsors will pay for a controversial video-art installment that is replacing a prominent artwork on the bulkhead above the main escalator at Indianapolis International Airport.
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Judge allows class in suit against state tort law

November 23, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker has certified the victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse as a single class in a lawsuit challenging a law that caps the state's liability at $5 million. However, she concluded the plaintiffs are unlikely to win the challenge.
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  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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