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Big Ten Championship Football Game, Dec. 7

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.com/

For the third consecutive year, the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp will provide fans attending the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game in an RV or oversized vehicle the option to purchase an RV Nation parking pass.

RV Nation offers a very convenient location – just three blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium (see photo above) – for fans who desire to tailgate or experience downtown Indianapolis pre- and post-game. The paved and lit parking area features games, music, activities and special giveaways.

The lot will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013, and allow check-in until 10 p.m. The lot will reopen at 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, and remain open until noon on Sunday, December 8. Overnight security will be provided for those choosing to spend the night.

All RV Nation parking spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and fans wanting to park adjacently will have to arrive together. Each RV or oversized vehicle will receive approximately two spaces to park their vehicle and two additional spaces for tailgating.

Fans can purchase their RV Nation parking pass online for $150 per vehicle at www.IndianaSportsCorp.org. For questions regarding RV Nation, please contact Rachel Warford at rwarford@IndianaSportsCorp.org or (317) 237-5091.

The third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Lucas Oil Stadium, with kick-off set for 8:17 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now through http://bigten.teamtix.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Other fan events and programs supplementing the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game include the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper (including USA Football FUNdamental youth clinics), Meijer Tail Greater Party on Georgia Street, and SaturDAY of Service.

Indiana Sports Corp’s mission is to create positive impact by hosting world-class sporting events that enhance vibrancy in the community, build civic pride, drive economic impact and media exposure, and encourage opportunities for youth. A not-for-profit organization, Indiana Sports Corp was founded in 1979 as the nation’s first sports commission. Our recent and upcoming schedule of events includes NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Fours, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Big Ten Football Championship Games through 2015, Big Ten Basketball Tournaments, and much more. For more information, visit www.IndianaSportsCorp.org.

Pathfinder Awards at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, Nov. 19

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana Roof Ballroom

Indiana Roof Ballroom. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

Lynn Rogers, Director of Youth Programs at Concord Neighborhood Center, will receive the 2013 Rev. Charles Williams Award from Indiana Sports Corp and Indiana Black Expo. Rogers will be recognized on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the Indiana Sports Corp Pathfinder Awards Luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.

The Rev. Charles Williams Award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through direct service to youth in the Indianapolis community. Formerly known as the Chairman’s Award, the award was renamed in July 2004 in honor of the late president of Indiana Black Expo. Past award recipients include Indiana Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings, former Indiana University men’s soccer coach Jerry Yeagley, and former Indiana State Senator Glenn Howard.

“Lynn Rogers personifies what youth development is all about,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp President. “Her dedication to making a difference in the lives of Indianapolis youth is simply remarkable. This community is lucky to have her.”

For 29 years, Rogers has been a consistent and patient force for change within the near-Southside community. As Director of Youth Programs at Concord Neighborhood Center, Rogers works directly with the youth enrolled in Concord’s school-aged programs, simultaneously addressing an array of social and emotional issues, organizing and implementing an engaging curriculum, and advocating for the community at large.

“Lynn Rogers embodies the spirit of Indiana Black Expo’s commitment to youth,” said Tanya Bell, Indiana Black Expo President and CEO. “Her work parallels the vision of IBE – that African American youth and families achieve their highest potential and reflect pride in their ethnicity. We are proud to recognize her nearly three decades of service.”

Rogers has used sports as a catalyst for positive social and emotional growth. Throughout the year, children of all ages are introduced to new and different games, and “Coach Lynn” is careful to focus on the strategy and official rules of each sport as well as the more universal skills of sportsmanship, the importance of practice and endurance, and how to work well with others. In partnership with the PositiveSwing Foundation and the Golf Dome, Rogers started a Concord golf team in 2004 that has become a passion for members of the team—and for her.

Over the course of 29 years, she has directly reached more than 12,000 young people, coaching them both on and off the court. But Rogers is more than a coach; she is a mentor, an advocate and a friend. Sports have always been the means to an end. Teaching life lessons that create better, happier and invested young people is the ultimate goal.

“The Concord board of directors has always respected and valued Lynn’s dedication and passion for serving the children in our community,” said Pat Smithers, President of the Concord Neighborhood Center Board of Directors. “Her impact has known no bounds, and the entire city of Indianapolis is better for it.” 

In addition to recognizing Rogers, Jeff and Karen Saturday will be honored as the 2013 Pathfinder Award recipients. For information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a table or tickets to the Pathfinder Awards Luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on November 19, please contact Mike Karnuta at mkarnuta@IndianaSportsCorp.org or 317-237-5004.

Big Ten Basketball Tournament Tickets Now on Sale

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Bankers Life Fieldhouse. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

All-session tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments went on sale to the general public on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the site of the women’s tournament from March 6-9, 2014, and the men’s tournament from March 13-16, featuring 22 games over eight days.

To purchase tickets within your university block, please contact your institution’s ticket office for on-campus sale dates. General admission tickets for the women’s event and balcony level tickets for the men’s tournament can be purchased at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

The women’s tournament will once again feature general admission seating, allowing fans to witness the action from the best available seats in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Women’s tournament all-session tickets are available for $50 through January 31, 2014, which marks a 30-percent discount off the regular price of $70. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university’s fan block for their respective team’s games are encouraged to contact their school’s ticket office.

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament all-session tickets for the lower and club levels are available for $325 through Big Ten university ticket offices only. All-session tickets for the balcony level are available for $240 or $175 (depending on seat location) through Ticketmaster or the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Ticket Office only. Orders will be limited to eight all-session tickets.

In addition, the men’s tournament will continue to feature a special discounted rate of $50 for all-session tickets available only to students of Big Ten universities. All students must have a valid student ID for entry. Student section seating will be available in eight balcony sections and orders will be limited to one all-session ticket. Details on the student ticket program will be sent to the university ticket offices for distribution directly to students.

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will call Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse home this March and again in 2016. The 2014 tournament marks the ninth time Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Circle City’s 18th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament.

For more information, visit http://indianasportscorp.org/, or call 317-237-5016.