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Things to do in Indianapolis, Apr. 21-27, 2014

April 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fair Coliseum

Indiana State Fair Coliseum. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. THU: Coliseum Grand Re-Opening at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  2. SAT: 64th Running of the Men’s Little 500 Bike Race at Indiana University
  3. FRI-SAT: 22nd Annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
  4. SAT-SUN: 2014 Decorator’s Show House and Gardens in Indianapolis
  5. SUN: ‘Music, Marketing and Technology in the Midwest’ at the Rathskeller
  6. FRI-SUN: 45th Annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival in Elkhart County
  7. FRI-SAT: ‘Follow the North Star’ at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  8. MON, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  9. MON: Il Divo Live at the Old National Centre
  10. FRI-SUN: ‘Cinderella’ by Butler Ballet at Clowes Memorial Hall
  11. SAT-SUN: Orleans Dogwood Festival in Orange County
  12. SAT-SUN: WTHR Health and Fitness Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  13. SUN: Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at Scottish Rite Cathedral
  14. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoff Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. SUN: Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis at Pike Performing Arts Center

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‘Year of the Coliseum’ at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

January 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Construction proceeds at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Construction at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Photo provided by the State Fair Commission and used with written permission.

By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair Commission

The 75-year-old Fairgrounds Coliseum will reopen for business in April 2014 and then be the center of attention in August as the Indiana State Fair has declared 2014 the “Year of the Coliseum.”  The renovated Coliseum, which has been closed since October 2012 to undergo a $63 million renovation, will host Draft horse competitions, livestock shows, the Champion Drive, Celebration Awards and a full lineup of headline concerts during the fair, Aug. 1-17, 2014.

Year of the Coliseum

“This is such a monumental occasion in the long history of the Indiana State Fairgrounds that we wanted to celebrate it in the most visible way we could,” State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said.  “Visitors will be overwhelmed when they see the transformation.  We couldn’t be prouder to show Hoosiers their new Coliseum.”

When it reopens in April, the Coliseum will boast a number of new features like:

  • A double-tiered seating bowl
  • An overhead LED video scoreboard with a matching video ribbon board
  • A modern sound system
  • A second-floor bar area that allows visibility into the arena
  • Full ADA accessibility
  • A curtain system that allows for natural or artificial lighting
  • A variety of other amenities

The iconic exterior of the Coliseum has been rejuvenated with tuck-pointing and new windows, but remains otherwise unchanged.  Many other design elements will also remind fairgoers of the original Coliseum.  These include the terrazzo floor in the expanded front lobby; the original ticket window grills used as decoration in the lobby; and an entire lower arena section of seats that have been restored to their original condition.

“People will be amazed by the renovation,” Hoye said.  “It retains the building’s historic, iconic feel, and the natural lighting inside the arena is incredible just like it was when it originally opened in 1939.”

This is the eighth year the fair has had a “Year of” celebration.  The previous seven fairs have focused on important Hoosier agricultural products, including corn, soybeans, pigs and Dairy Cows.

National Belgian Show

The reopening of the Coliseum means the return of the fair’s popular Draft Horse hitch competitions to the arena and one special event in particular.  After 54 years in Iowa, the National Belgian Draft Horse Show will take place at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 14-16, 2014.  The Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America, the premier Draft horse breed registry in the country, decided to bring the show to Indianapolis due in large part to the renovation of the Coliseum.

“We are proud to continue our show’s tradition at the 2014 Indiana State Fair,” organization President Dr. Michael Stone, DVM, said.  “The Indiana State Fair Draft Horse Show has become one of the best shows in the country and we’re excited to showcase the Belgian horse at this year’s fair where we will also award the Don Schneckloth Premier Halter Exhibitor award.”

The National Belgian Show joins two other national Draft Horse shows that take place at the Indiana State Fair.  The National Clydesdale Show, supported by the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA, and the National Haflinger Show both return to Indianapolis for the second consecutive year.

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