While Indianapolis hasn’t yet exited the haze of NBA All-Star Weekend, local sports and tourism officials are already pondering what comes next.
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Workers continued hanging banners and organizing retail and event spaces downtown on Sunday in advance of All-Star Weekend, which kicks off Thursday and runs through the All-Star Game on Feb. 18.
Raines is president of the 2024 NBA All-Star Local Organizing Committee.
Officials in Salt Lake City expect some 120,000 to come to Utah for the NBA All-Star Weekend. Next year, that crowd will be heading to Indianapolis.
Officials in Nashville say they plan to pursue some of the events that take place in Indianapolis now that the city is planning to build a $2.1 billion, 60,000-seat enclosed stadium.
Indianapolis Host Committee Chairman Mark Howell said he’d like to see the city in a regular rotation of College Football Playoff National Championship games.
The convention center is home to Playoff Fan Central—a free event featuring obstacle courses, photo opportunities, a store, food and drink and various other activities.
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The free Playoff Fan Central will feature a plethora of sponsor booths and fan areas ranging from a custom trading card creation area by Panini to multiple obstacle courses and football drill areas from the likes of USA Football and Chick-Fil-A. ESPN will also broadcast live from the convention center on multiple occasions as part of its College GameDay programming.
Hundreds of tickets to Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship game in Indianapolis are available for purchase on the secondary market.
The Spring League, a developmental football association formed in 2017, racked up some $1.4 million in unpaid bills during a nine-week stay in Indianapolis last spring.
When the College Football Playoff National Championship visits a new city, the game’s philanthropic arm, the College Football Playoff Foundation, makes a legacy investment in local teachers.
IBJ sat down with leaders of College Football Playoff Inc. and members of the local host committee to discuss the preparations underway to make the January game a reality.
Revelation: Not all sports events are problem-free, irrespective of the athlete or spectator perspective.
Tickets for many of the early game have sold out, although there are still seats available for games at Lucas Oil Stadium, where capacity is the largest. For other venues, tickets on some of the bigger resale web sites were being advertised for more than $250. Most were less.
Host Mason King talks with Downtown Indy Inc.’s Bob Schultz, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Jeremy Kranowitz and the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Julie Goodman about the projects and cleanups they have planned.
Officials are hopeful new virus cases won’t ruin plans to host two dozen events in the first quarter of 2021—including efforts to bring the full NCAA men’s basketball tournament here.
Local officials are betting big on Indianapolis’ continued success as a sports city by submitting two dozen bids for championship-level events slated through 2030.
The NFL is set to kick off its 2020 season Thursday night in Kansas City, where 16,000 fans are expected. But it will sound as if 76,416 spectators are cheering thanks to NFL Films, which is supplying prerecorded audio specific to each NFL venue.
The race—rescheduled for Aug. 23—is on an otherwise open weekend in the city’s summer event calendar, which could fill hotel rooms at a time they would otherwise have been empty.