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Indianapolis, IN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 156
Total Sleeping Rooms 20,768
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,005
Committable Meeting Rooms* 54
Convention Center Space 742,075 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 749,600 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 40,500 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $95
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $61
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $261
*Maximum for a single hotel

Indianapolis, IN Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Indianapolis meeting planning guide – a city guide for Indianapolis meeting planning. Indianapolis' phenomenal renaissance is elevating its status as a leading destination for meetings and convention groups. The city attracts approximately 21.9 million visitors annually, a number that is sure to grow thanks to its continuously evolving cityscape. Since 1990, Indianapolis has invested nearly $9 million of public and private funds, resulting in 485 projects, through 2011. Currently $3 billion of new construction and renovation efforts are underway to be completed by 2017. New leisure attractions, hotels, restaurants and retail/entertainment options are all included in this growth.

Another key facet of the city's transformation is the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center. At 566,600 square feet, its recent $275-million expansion project has placed it on the map as one of the largest convention centers in America. An indoor, street level, climate-controlled connector links the convention center to Lucas Oil Stadium (which offers another 183,000 square feet). This connector places guests within walking distance of 12 hotels; in fact, over half of downtown’s more than 7,100 hotel rooms are within blocks of the convention center and Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indianapolis' central location in the United States makes it a convenient destination for meeting and convention groups. In fact, half of the nation's population is within one day's drive or a short plane flight. Once in Indianapolis, the convenience continues as the city is easily navigated in climate-controlled skywalks. These skywalks connect many of the city's leading hotels, such as Conrad Indianapolis, Marriott, Westin and Omni, to the Indiana Convention Center and Circle Centre Mall, a massive four-story shopping and entertainment complex. The convenient skywalks and strategic city design place 50 attractions and 200 restaurants within walking distance of the convention center and downtown core, allowing meeting and convention attendees the ability to traverse the city with ease.

With an ever evolving city package, it is not surprising that Indianapolis is becoming the destination of choice for international, national and regional meetings and conventions. It is host to events such as the National Recreation and Park Association Congress and Exposition, the National FFA Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention and Dealer Expo 2008. Indianapolis also serves as international headquarters to several well-known companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, Brightpoint, Wellpoint, American United Life and ATA Airlines. Many distinguished colleges and universities call the city home including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Butler University, Marian College, Martin University and University of Indianapolis.

About Indianapolis, IN / Additional Info

Once exclusively known as a high-octane racing town, Indianapolis has blossomed into a booming metropolis throughout recent years, with a lively cultural scene creating buzz across the country. As Indiana's capital and largest city, Indianapolis is home to 843,393 residents, making it the 13th largest city in the United States and the 2nd most populous capital behind Phoenix. Massive revitalization of the downtown core has given Indianapolis a new spirit, bringing a fresh, sophisticated vibe that still manages to remain faithful to the area's elaborate history and famous Hoosier hospitality.

Prior to its founding, the area that is now Indianapolis consisted of dense forest and prairieland. When it was selected as the capital of the Union's 19th state by the Indiana General Assembly in 1821, Judge Jeremiah Sullivan invented the city's name by merging Indiana with polis, the Greek word for city. Spanning 396 square miles across America's heartland, Indianapolis is located in the geographic center of Indiana where four interstate highways (I-65, I-69, I-70 and I-74) and four federal highways meet. Indianapolis is also home to the first railroad to have all of its lines meet at one station, resulting in its being known as the "Crossroads of America."

An emerging hotbed of arts and culture, Indianapolis has six thriving cultural districts: Broad Ripple Village, Fountain Square, the Canal and White River State Park, Massachusetts Avenue Arts and Theater District, the Wholesale District and Indiana Avenue. Each with its own distinctive offerings, these charming boroughs provide visitors with an eclectic mix of eateries, theaters, historic sites, galleries, boutiques, one-of-a-kind attractions and recreational activities. From the art collection at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art to the racing vehicles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, Indianapolis offers an appealing blend of culture from both the past and present. Peppered amid Indianapolis' scenic canals, greenways and waterways, these distinctive districts offer visitors all of the exciting cultural benefits of a major metropolis within an easily managed, pedestrian-friendly setting.

Although the city has progressed in recent years, Indianapolis has not lost its status as the world's place to race. It is home to the world's two largest single-day sporting events, the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400, as well as the largest drag racing event in the country, the National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals. Beyond racing, it has been host to the 2002 World Basketball Championship, the 1987 Pan American Games and both men's and women's NCAA Basketball tournaments. In addition to the magnetic draw of Indianapolis' acclaimed sports culture, there are a number of must-see attractions that sweeten the city's flavorful appeal, such as the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, the Indianapolis Zoo and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial.

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