Accessibility Stories

Indy Loves its Sports

BY BRANDON SCOTT

No other city can be called "The Amateur Sports Capital of the World" and host to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Indianapolis holds those titles, plus it has a Super Bowl, several Final Fours, and other major events under its belt.

You want a big event done right? Bring it to Indy.

Pacers. Colts. Indians. Eleven. Fuel. Hoosiers. Boilermakers. Bulldogs. Jaguars. USA Football. USA Track and Field. I could go on and on. Indy has more sports than you can shake a stick at. Year-round, it is a sports city, and one that fits all budgets.

Indianapolis is home to some of the best venues in sports today!

Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, hosted a Super Bowl. While it might not have the most character in the world, the giant barn with the retractable roof has hosted its share of big games and big talent. Lucas Oil Stadium is a fully accessible facility. All entrances into the stadium are accessible. Guests may use ramps, elevators, and escalators to move between all levels. Accommodations for persons with disabilities include family restrooms, accessible ticket and concession counters, first-come first-serve designated parking, assistive listening devices, and wheelchair availability.

Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians, is frequently cited as the best stadium in the minor leagues. It's tough to argue with that when you see the place. Gorgeous sight lines, a grass outfield berm for picnics or running kids, and a view of the skyline that has become the prototype for many new ballparks. The Indianapolis Indians offer 47 handicap accessible parking spaces for home games. They are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available four hours before game time. Once these spots are filled, fans may drop-off at either the third base gate or the right field gate. Accessible seating is available at all price levels. A total of 242 accessible and companion spaces are available. The Indians continually strive to create a fully accessible baseball venue.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, is the Camden Yards of basketball. It's got all the modern amenities with the old-school charm. Wheelchair locations and modified aisle seats with ample room are available throughout. For individuals who have limited mobility or accessibility needs, an escort is available to transport/assist guests from the entry pavilion to your seats.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home of not only the Indy 500 but also NASCAR, sports car, and air races. With some recent renovations, the speedway is modernizing. The new road course is a big upgrade, but the May tradition is still king. IMS offers ADA seating in a variety of locations. These locations offer guests dispersed choices in viewing and pricing. Highlighting these seats are the new Penthouse ADA seating located in Paddock Penthouse, A Penthouse, and B Penthouse. ADA parking is available all days the facility is open. To make sure that ADA parking is being used by those who need it, IMS staff is on hand to check ADA placards upon arrival. Arrive early to ensure you get an ADA parking spot on non-race days since parking is first come, first serve. Golf carts are utilized during major event days at IMS to assist disabled guests, free of charge, to certain destinations throughout the property. Golf carts with wheelchair ramps are also available. Access to these services at IMS is available to any guest that identifies that they are disabled.

There is no better city to visit for an event than Indy. There's a combination of factors, but the keys are experience, close proximity, and variety.

Indy knows how to put on a big event. You can say the city got lucky with springtime weather for the Super Bowl, but there were heaters set up all over town had it not been so fortunate. The Super Bowl Village concept is now mandated by the NFL, but Indianapolis invented it. Know any other event where 250,000 people show up, spend a weekend, and then leave? Just imagine if the entire population of Buffalo, New York, decided to invade your town all at once. Could you handle it? Indy does it every year for the 500.

This is also my chance to brag a little bit about Indy food and drink. It's not New York or even Chicago, but there's a great food scene in Indy. Restaurants range from the iconic St. Elmo Steak House to the high-end foodie experiences of The Libertine or Vida. Sure, we've got chains and steakhouses, but we've also got Asian comfort food at Rook or farm-to-table fare from Oakley's.

Indianapolis used to be known as the "Amateur Sports Capital of the World." That still holds true, but it's grown into much more. Indy is now able to handle anything from high school basketball state championships to the Super Bowl. The combination of top-notch facilities, a walkable downtown, a diverse experience on and off the court, and a Hoosier spirit that's infused into every event makes Indy an ideal destination for nearly every event, big and small. Walk from Lucas Oil Stadium past the circle, up Mass Ave where you'll find great restaurants and bars, then back to your hotel. The entire town seems built for it. In many ways, it is and will continue to be. Downtown has become the spoke for the city, but its engine is sports.


ABOUT BRANDON

I was born with a rare birth defect called congenital limb deficiency (missing most of all 4 limbs). I use a wheelchair to get around places faster and for moving long distances, but I can walk. I wrestled on my high school's team and had the opportunity to win 2 straight team state titles. I was a member of one of the world’s most prestigious youth choirs (IYC), with that I have gotten to sing all over the world (for example: Hawaii, England, and Italy).

Fun facts about me:

  1. Kary is my golden lab and service dog from Canine Companions for Independence.
  2. My favorite movie of all time is 13 Hours.
  3. Make my meal complete with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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