The convention association set out to book 725,000 hotel room nights this year for future meetings but so far is trending below the goal. An aggressive drive last year exhausted many of its prospects, new ICVA CEO Leonard Hoops said.
Indianapolis outbid Chicago for the rights to host the Big Ten Conference football championship game through 2015 and also landed the 2014 and 2016 title games in men’s and women’s basketball.
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is accepting proposals to improve Wi-Fi service at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. The systems are expected to be operational in time for the Super Bowl in February.
The 2011 Lids Team Sports Mid-East Qualifier, which will run Friday through Sunday, will feature top female high school players on 65 courts inside the Indiana Convention Center.
An executive headhunter had been dogging Leonard Hoops for years about various career opportunities around the country. He always dismissed the leads—until recently, when he was told about the CEO vacancy at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
Jim Schellinger, chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, has been appointed to handle weather preparedness for the Super Bowl to be hosted in Indianapolis in February.
The massive powersports convention is one of the biggest annual events hosted by the city and is the first to use the expanded Indiana Convention Center since a $275 addition was completed.
City has a strategy to pitch Indianapolis to honchos.
There’s a lot Indianapolis can learn from the folks in Dallas about hosting a Super Bowl. One of the biggest lessons: Plans are important, but they’re not everything.
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
Large conventions typically get the most attention, but it’s the smaller meetings that will be critical to ensuring the expanded Indiana Convention Center is adequately occupied.
Republican Rep. Robert Cherry of Greenfield says alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.