Discover why Indy’s growing and bustling downtown is a win for meeting planners.
Indiana’s largest city is known for many things: fast cars, famous NBA and NFL teams and a friendly Midwestern spirit. But this dynamic capital city has added another reason to love it: A revitalized downtown tailor-made for meetings and large events. (Cvent named it a Top 50 Meeting Destination in 2019). Here’s what to expect when you book an event in Indy:
A Connected Convention District That’s Close to Everything
The Indiana Convention Center (ICC) features a convenient campus located in the heart of downtown with 12 hotel properties, all connected by a series of climate-controlled skywalks. Once your attendees finish their business day, they will be within arm’s reach of many options for dining, relaxation and entertainment. Over 300 restaurants and bars are within walking distance, and a 250-acre city recreational area, The Canal and White River State Park, is just across the street from the ICC. The park offers four major museums and attractions, a concert venue, a baseball stadium, lots of green space for morning yoga or a run, and the scenic Central Canal.
Arts and Culture Around Every Corner
Inside this eclectic downtown area, attendees can experience six thriving cultural districts: Fountain Square, the Canal and White River State Park, Massachusetts Avenue Arts and Theater District, the Wholesale District, Market East, and Indiana Avenue. These charming neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive personality, provide visitors with a local mix of easy-to-walk-to eateries, theaters, historic sites, galleries and boutiques. Don’t miss the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art or the Indianapolis Zoo in the Canal and White River State Park district, or the Indianapolis City Market in the Market East District. In the evening, head to Fountain Square and Massachusetts Avenue for chef-driven restaurants and lively entertainment.
Always-On Sports and Entertainment
No matter how much the city evolves, Indy stays true to its roots as a sports town. Home to the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis is still regarded as the world’s place to race and a hub of auto innovation. For visiting fans who prefer sports off the track, Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Colts) is connected to the ICC, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse (home of the Pacers) is just a short three-block stroll from the campus. The minor-league ballpark (home of the Indians) is also in close proximity.