Review: Bracket Town

April 2, 2010
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

No, I couldn't tell you which teams were in the Sweet Sixteen this year.

And I couldn't tell you what teams were in the Final Four last year.

But I can tell you that, even for this sports non-junkie, Bracket Town is a blast--at least, it was on Thursday evening before the weekend crowds arrived.

This is the first year for Bracket Town, the interactive experience housed at the Indiana Convention Center ($10, $6 for ages 3-11, college students, military and seniors) and what could have easily been just a side trip now, at least for families, seems to me an essential part of the weekend Final Four experience--even if you aren't going to the game.

I credit that in large part to the number of opportunities it offers for actual physical activity.

Sure, there are plenty of video games, button-pushing kiosks, and thin excuses to get visitors to play with the latest telephone technology (do we even call them telephones anymore?). And I'm not just saying that because I humiliated myself in a text messaging competition against my 8-year-old.

These obvious commercial come-ons are outweighed by the sheer number of basketball courts, offering shoot-outs, dunking battles, and three-on-three tournaments.

There are other sports, too. Visitors can take targeted slap shots, run a football training obstacle course, hit wiffle balls, and even try a mild form of fencing.

Ancillary fun can be had in a simulated broadcast booth (just try to keep up with the teleprompter) or a photo area where you can add your smiling mug to the Butler Bulldog team photos, thus baffling your grandchildren who find the picture fifty years from now.

Not being a great follower of the game, I was less caught up in the autographing and memorabilia areas, but if you have a thing for historic basketballs and trophies, that's one more reason that the Convention Center is a must-stop.

In all, Bracket Town is a winner.

Your thoughts?

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. why oh why does this state continue to elect these people....do you wonder how much was graft out of the 3.8 billion?

  2. i too think this is a great idea. I think the vision and need is there as well. But also agree with Wendy that there may be better location in our city to fulfill this vision and help grow the sports of hockey and figure skating in Indy. Also to help further develop other parts of the city that seem often forgotten. Any of the other 6 townships out side of the three northernmost could benefit greatly from a facility and a vision like this. For a vision that sounds philanthropic, the location is appears more about the money. Would really like to see it elsewhere, but still wish the development the best of luck, as we can always use more ice in the city. As for the Ice growth when they return, if schedules can be coordinated with the Fuel, what could be better than to have high level hockey available to go see every weekend of the season? Good luck with the development and the return of the Ice.

  3. How many parking spaces do they have at Ironworks? Will residents have reserved spaces or will they have to troll for a space among the people that are there at Ruth Chris & Sangiovese?

  4. You do not get speeding ticket first time you speed and this is not first time Mr.Page has speed. One act should not define a man and this one act won't. He got off with a slap on the wrist. I agree with judge no person was injured by his actions. The state was robbed of money by paying too much rent for a building and that money could have been used for social services. The Page family maybe "generous" with their money but for most part all of it is dirty money that he obtained for sources that are not on the upright. Page is the kind of lawyer that gives lawyers a bad name. He paid off this judge like he has many other tine and walked away. Does he still have his license. I believe so. Hire him to get you confiscated drug money back. He will. It will cost you.

  5. I remain amazed at the level of expertise of the average Internet Television Executive. Obviously they have all the answers and know the business inside and out.

ADVERTISEMENT