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$30 Million Upgrade Planned around IUPUI

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment
IU Natatorium at IUPUI

IU Natatorium at IUPUI. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

Press Release
City of Indianapolis
http://www.indy.gov/

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, IU President Michael McRobbie, the Lilly Endowment and many other organizations yesterday announced a joint $30 million investment to better connect IUPUI to its surrounding communities and make critical renovations to the Indiana University Natatorium (pictured above).

The $30 million total project will include $10 million from the City to turn Michigan and New York Streets into two-way streets from West Street through campus and across the bridge into Haughville. Those streets, as well as West Street between Michigan and New York, will be rebuilt to include safer pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, bike lanes, specialized lighting, decorative signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens.  Funding for the road improvements will be provided from the Downtown TIF.  Construction and rerouting of traffic patterns will begin next year.

“Thousands of people enter and exit IUPUI for work, class and access to medical care every day,” said Mayor Ballard. “These streets improvements will make it safer and easier for people to access campus and encourage investment and development in Haughville, Hawthorne and Stringtown from companies seeking to be near IUPUI and the growing IU Health complex.”

The other phase of the project will include a $10 million investment by Indiana University to renovate the Natatorium and maintain it as a worldwide aquatic attraction. The Lilly Endowment will match Indiana University’s financial commitments pending final approvals from all organizational partners. Improvements include a new roof, heating and cooling system, pool filtration, lighting, skylights, and other mechanical repairs. Most renovations will be complete prior to Indy hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving in 2016.

“Just as the  IUPUI campus  has been an integral part of downtown Indianapolis for decades, the IU Natatorium has become one of the city’s signature sports venues over the last 30 years,” McRobbie said. “Indiana University’s investment in the future of the Natatorium is emblematic of our commitment to the city of Indianapolis. The planned improvements will allow the Natatorium to provide swimmers and divers of all levels – as well as fans of the sports – with a world-class facility for years to come, furthering strengthening the strong partnership between IU and the city.”

The natatorium was originally built in 1982. The 220,000 square foot facility is the nation’s largest indoor swimming facility with two 50-meter pools and seating for 4,700 spectators. It has hosted many significant sporting events including the 1987 Pan Am Games and 13 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming. It is considered one of the fastest pools in the country. Over 100 records have been set in the pool, including 15 world records.

“We look forward to many more years of Olympians adding their names to the treasured wall of the IU Natatorium, cementing Indiana’s continued position as a sports capital and inspiring future generations of swimmers and divers to strive for greatness at this iconic facility,” said Allison Melangton, President, Indiana Sports Corp.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Mar. 17-23, 2014

March 16, 2014 Leave a comment

A Busy March 2014 in Downtown Indianapolis

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium hosts NCAA Midwest Regional, Mar. 28 & 30.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

St. Patrick’s Day: Blarney Bash on Georgia Street, Shamrock Run and more

On Saturday, March 15, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and Georgia Street will host Blarney Bash from 2 – 10 p.m. on the east block between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets. Festive tents with green beer and Irish spirits will line the boardwalk operated by The Pub Indianapolis, Howl at the Moon and Kilroy’s Bar & Grill. Local bands My Yellow Rickshaw and The Flying Toasters will perform. Admission to the Blarney Bash is FREE, but attendees must be 21 or older.

The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal takes place Friday, March 14 from 5 – 5:45 p.m. at the Stardust Terrace outside the Indiana Historical Society with live music and dancing. On March 15, the 23rd annual Shamrock Run and Walk takes off from Monument Circle at 10 a.m. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Monday, March 17 at 11:30 a.m. on the Downtown parade route. The Parade Festival will take place on Vermont Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, food and a beer garden. All of these events, with the exception of Shamrock Run and Walk, are FREE. Visit www.indysportsfoundation.com/stpatsnew for more information.

Big sports action with NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional and more

With 22 games and two titles up for grabs, there will be tons of Big Ten basketball action in Downtown Indy this March. The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament takes place March 6 – 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place March 13 – 16. The two weeks also include several fan events such as the Big Ten Hoops Day 5K, Big Ten Conference Career Expo, pep rallies and more.

NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships come to the IU Natatorium March 19 – 22. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional will be at Lucas Oil Stadium March 28 & 30, marking the 19th time Indianapolis will host an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament event. The regionals were last in Indianapolis in 2009. Tickets are available now.

Nike Mideast Qualifier brings several volleyball tournaments to the Indiana Convention Center March 21 – 23 for thousands of athletes 18 and younger.

The Pacers play seven home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March. The Pacers’ final regular season home game will be April 13 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Ice play two home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 1 & 23 and one game at Pan Am Pavilion March 22.

Georgia Street comes alive

Beginning March 7, head to Georgia Street every Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Food Truck Fridays. Grab your friends and eat out alfresco while enjoying the sights and sounds Downtown. New to Georgia Street, pack your gym bag and ditch the boring treadmill workout for FREE Workout Wednesdays weekly from noon – 1 p.m. Move to energizing, powerful beats and a motivating instructor beginning April 2. Instructors and cardio-based fitness classes will rotate. All fitness levels are welcome.

See some of the big concerts and acts hitting the stage

March 4 – 9                Ghost – The Musical, Old National Centre

March 7                      Live Nation Presents the 10th Annual Green 17 Tour with Flogging Molly, Old National Centre

March 9                      The Pink Floyd Experience, Old National Centre

March 10                    Live Nation Presents Young The Giant: Mind Over Matter Tour, Old National Centre

March 14                    Crosby, Stills & Nash, Old National Centre

March 15                    Scooby Doo-Live! Musical Mysteries, Old National Centre

March 15                    Mike Epps: After Dark Tour, Old National Centre

March 21                    Grouplove, Old National Centre

March 23                    We The Kings, Old National Centre

March 25 – 26            Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned, Old National Centre

March 26                    Juicy J – The Never Sober Tour, Old National Centre

March 30                    Demi Lovato – Neon Lights Tour, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Visit www.indydt.com/eventsearch.cfm to find more Downtown concerts and performances.

Warmer weather brings back run/walks!

It’s not quite summer, but March is about the time to dust off the running shoes and take part in some of the great runs and walks. The 500 Festival Training Series 10K, the second training series run, takes off March 1 at 8:30 a.m. in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions. Those interested in running in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 3 still have time to register online!

Other runs/walks include the Fight for Air Climb on March 8 at Chase Tower and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk on March 22 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Downtown live music and shows

Enjoy a different live performance from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra every weekend in March, starting with Gorecki’s Third Symphony on March 1 at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Enjoy The Firebird on March 6 – 8; Ann Hampton Callaway Sings The Barbra Streisand Songbook on March 14 & 15; Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle: Songs and Stories, Together Onstage on March 22; and Romeo & Juliet on March 28 & 29. Catch Tierney Sutton: After Blue at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club March 19 at 8 p.m.

Midwest Fashion Week kicks off March 17 and continues through March 22 at the Artsgarden.

March conventions will bring thousands Downtown

March 1: Supercross, Lucas Oil Stadium, est. attendance 55,000

March 5 – 7: The Work Truck Show and 50th Annual NTEA Convention, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 8,700

March 12 – 14: Public Library Association National Convention, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 9,000

March 14 – 16: ComicCon, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 4,000

March 21 – 23: Nike Midweast Qualifier Volleyball, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 25,000

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.