Planning a sports event under the lights of a big city offers plenty of advantages to planners. The venues, amenities, and range of entertainment options, along with a vibrant sports culture, ensure that your event will be set up for success from the start. Indianapolis fits the bill for a sports planner’s dream destination. The facilities you’ll find in this bustling city are second to none, and with a host of professional sports teams calling the city home, you can be sure that athletes are in for the experience of a lifetime. The knowledgeable and qualified staff at Indiana Sports Corp are ready to help turn your dreams into reality when you choose Indianapolis for your next sporting event.
From youth tournaments to the Super Bowl, Indianapolis has professionals and volunteers that know how to deliver the best competition experience possible. Excellent venues and amenities, a walkable downtown, and a vibrant sports culture will create a winning event for participants and fans.
We know that any sports event can be taxing for athletes, coaches, and chaperones alike, so why not spend some time outside soaking up a bit of nature right in the heart of Indianapolis? At the Canal Walk you can stroll leisurely along the waterway as gondolas reminiscent of Italy take riders effortlessly up and down stream, or you can even rent a boat of your own. The canal walk is popular among walkers, runners, and bikers, and leads from 11th Street to White River State Park, a 250-acre park on the edge of downtown that is a beautiful place to relax and take in the skyline views. Don’t miss the new Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo. Offering something for all ages, this a popular experience for coaches and athletes alike. Nearly 4,000 animals of more than 300 species live inside the park, including the red panda, the rhinoceros iguana, and the Chilean flamingo just to name a few.
For those traveling with kids, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is a surefire way to spark curiosity and keep kids entertained for hours on end. Engaging exhibits include as simulated dinosaur habitat, a carousel, and a steam locomotive, all of which are interactive and most importantly, fun. The museum’s Sports Legends Experience takes the city’s sports culture and makes it educational and interactive for kids, helping them to realize their potential through activities and drills coached by legendary sports characters that will have kids running, jumping, putting and more.
For those in your group interested in learning more about the history of collegiate sports, check out the NCAA Hall of Champions in White River State Park. Two levels of interactive exhibits engage visitors and show them what it takes for student-athletes to truly become champions. You’ll find information on 24 NCAA sports and can take a crack at trivia challenges, view highlight videos, see artifacts donated from colleges, play on sports simulators, and much more – a perfect outing for any sports fan.
And since we know you will have plenty of sports fans among your group, why not check out any number of professional sporting events while you’re in town? The NFL’s Colts, NBA’s Pacers, WNBA’s Fever, MiLB’s Indians, USL’s Indy Eleven, and the ECHL’s Indy Fuel all call Indianapolis home and their games bring sports action to the city year around. In 2019, some big events are set to take place in Indianapolis including the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, NCAA Division I, II & III Rowing Championships, and the Big Ten Football Championship Game, so be sure to check out what’s in town when planning your visit.
By car: Major interstates I-65, I-69, I-70, and I-74 lead to and from Indianapolis in all directions. Chicago is three hours to the northwest and Louisville is two hours to the south along I-65; Columbus is three hours to the east and St. Louis just under four hours to the southwest along I-70.
By plane: Located just a 15-minute drive from the center of downtown, Indianapolis International Airport offers direct flights all over the U.S. and to four countries. It is the perfect options for those
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