Tourist Attractions

Festivities draw record crowds downtown

January 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Super Bowl Village’s opening weekend met local organizers’ expectations—and then some—drawing more than 205,000 visitors from Friday through Sunday.
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With Super Bowl, city seeks to distinguish itself

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Like every host city, Indianapolis has tried to stand out with unusual features for the 10-day party it's hosting for the nation. But will any of those things become standard parts of future Super Bowl experiences?

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Conner Prairie attendance up slightly in 2011

January 26, 2012
Visits to the park in 2011 increased nearly 2 percent from the previous year, to 218,063, thanks in part to the opening of its $4.4 million Civil War exhibit.
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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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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 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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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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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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Ripken eyes Indy for major youth baseball complex

November 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Ripken Baseball Inc., which operates two of the country's top youth baseball facilities, are considering Indianapolis as a location for a major complex that could cost up to $20 million to build and draw thousands of players and spectators each year.
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Photographer sues French Lick resort over angels paintings

October 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Pamela Mougin, a onetime Indianapolis photographer who now runs a studio in Colorado, filed suit this month against French Lick Resort & Casino for copyright infringement.
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IMA losing chief right before big fundraising effort

October 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Maxwell Anderson is leaving his post as CEO at the Indianapolis Museum of Art just as the institution is preparing to launch a capital campaign it hopes will make up for financial pain inflicted by the recession.
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Art museum CEO Anderson headed to Dallas

October 20, 2011
Greg Andrews
Achievements during Max Anderson's tenure included opening the 100 Acres art-and-nature park as well acquiring the Miller House and Garden in Columbus. However,  he also had to grapple with fiscal challenges that led to more than $7 million in budget cuts.
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Fair stage-collapse reports may not arrive until April

October 18, 2011
Associated Press
A pair of high-level investigations into the fatal Indiana State Fair stage collapse may not be released in time to help prepare for next year's fair.
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State fair profitable, but collapse will be costly in the end

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
Despite the Aug. 13 stage collapse killing 7 concertgoers, the Indiana State Fair turned a modest profit of $389,000 this year. But about $500,000 in potential revenue was lost in the aftermath of the tragedy, and two investigations will cost about $1 million by the end of the year.
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New gym giving City Market a boost

October 10, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The full-service YMCA, known as Indy Bike Hub, opened Sept. 7 after a $3.5 million renovation of the City Market’s East Wing that also included improvements to the market’s main hall.
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Anderson racino emerges from bankruptcy

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The parent company of Anderson racetrack and casino Hoosier Park has officially emerged from bankruptcy. The original shareholders of Centaur Inc., about 80 individual Indiana investors, lost their entire investment in the company.
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Mayor has monumental plan for Georgia Street, delays name change

September 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard temporarily calls off plans to rename the historic street to instead focus on a project that would line it with 30 monuments saluting famous Hoosiers.
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Texas firm buys water-park hotel on northwest side

September 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
General Hotels Corp. has finalized the sale of the Caribbean Cove Hotel & Water Park, averting closure of the 344-room hotel and saving 266 jobs.
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Costs of State Fair stage collapse investigation could be steep

September 9, 2011
Scott Olson
Officials say it's too early to know how much the state will pay for the investigation of the tragedy. But fees stipulated in contracts with investigators show costs easily could surpass seven figures.
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Change of direction prompts City Market leader's resignation

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Jim Reilly, who oversaw a major renovation of the historic building, will step down from his second stint as executive director on Sept. 13 while City Market officials explore outsourcing leadership duties.
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State preparing to pay maximum in stage collapse damages

August 31, 2011
Scott Olson
Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Indiana will pay $5 million and get advice on distributing the money to victims of the State Fair tragedy from an expert who administered compensation funds following 9/11.
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Sculpture headed back atop Indianapolis monument

August 29, 2011
Associated Press
A 38-foot-tall bronze sculpture will soon be back atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis.
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'Expand the smorgasbord' at former GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Gordon Hendry / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis has a rich history of turning challenging redevelopment projects into local success stories, and I have no doubt the GM Stamping Plant will become part of that history as officials determine the best uses for the expansive site near downtown.
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City expects weather to boost MotoGP's economic impact

August 26, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Sunny, mild weather could provide a 15-percent increase to the economic impact of this weekend's MotoGP events. Motorsports business experts said the city could see a $30 million impact.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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