Indianapolis set itself apart from the competition by strategically building the most connected, walkable, and convenient convention package in the country.
Earning USA Today’s #1 convention city ranking, downtown Indy puts everything a convention planner or delegate could want just steps away.
A record 4,700 hotel rooms at 12 properties connect by enclosed skywalk to 749,000 square feet of exhibit space – more than any other U.S. city. Challenging logistics are minimized and attendee engagement is enhanced.
Downtown’s 7,100 rooms are integrated into the heart of a vibrant urban core featuring more than 250 restaurants, shops, and attractions in walking distance. The nation’s largest urban state park, White River State Park, offers world-class museums, a top 10 zoo, the best minor league ballpark in the nation, an outdoor amphitheater, and a scenic Central Canal lined with public art. The internationally acclaimed Indianapolis Cultural Trail leads visitors into Indy’s six cultural districts and historic neighborhoods. And a quick walk takes attendees to Monument Circle, the iconic center of the city.
The city remains activated long after 5:00 pm when the work day ends and the meetings are over, ensuring a great attendee experience. Over 200 diverse restaurants, 80 bars and pubs, and 50 major attractions are within walking distance of downtown hotels, including the world’s spiciest dish per Travel Channel (St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail) and farm-to-fork favorites sourcing from Indiana's rich agriculture.
The 2011 expansion of the Indiana Convention Center doubled it in size and propelled it from the 32nd to the the 16th largest in the country. The ICC offers 566,600 square feet of contiguous exhibit space in 11 halls, 71 meeting rooms, 49 loading docks, and 3 ballrooms - including the Sagamore which offers 33,335 square feet of column-free space, sophisticated acoustics, and theater-style seating for 3,400 guests.
Lucas Oil Stadium is also located in the epicenter of downtown and is connected to the convention center. The stadium features a retractable roof and sliding glass window opening to the city’s skyline and was deliberately designed with meeting planners in mind—touting 183,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.
A new, three-block pedestrian-friendly promenade along Georgia Street offers a unique outdoor event space directly adjacent to the Indiana Convention Center and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Georgia Street offers plenty of flexibility for unique special events. For example, during Super Bowl XLVI, Georgia Street served as Super Bowl Village with live concerts, food vendors and overhead heaters.
Over 7,100 hotel rooms are available downtown, 32,000 are in the metro area, and 4,700 guestrooms are connected to the Convention Center via climate-controlled skywalks, which is more than any other city in the country.
Downtown hotels have invested more than $100 million in recent years to upgrade rooms, add more space and enhance amenities for guests and meeting attendees.
If you built a convention city from scratch, it would look like Indianapolis. It’s why Indy shattered convention booking records in 2014 and grew convention business 87% in a decade.