When the pandemic hit and the Big Ten and NCAA last spring began canceling sports events — many of them planned for Indianapolis — the Indiana Sports Corp. didn’t go into hibernation. Instead, it went to work, trying to figure out how to be a player in whatever the sports world would become.
The result is an idea that appears to have captured the fancy of a number of colleges and athletic conferences — although it’s too soon to know whether any of them will take Indy up on the idea. The Indiana Sports Corp. is proposing to create a basketball bubble at the Indiana Convention Center by turning exhibit halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.
Indiana Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn talks to host Mason King about the proposal, as well as the group’s finances and plans as it prepares to host major events in the coming months.