Indy’s momentum has gotten the attention of national media from Condé Nast Traveler to TIME Magazine, and earned the city USA Today’s “#1 Convention City in the U.S.” honors. Numerous major developments have the city continuously evolving and moving forward.
Take a look at a few of the $1.7 billion in new tourism-related projects keeping Indy in the pole position as a must-meet destination. If you like what you see, we invite you to schedule a site visit with a Visit Indy host or upload your RFP.
$300 Million | Anticipated opening: 2025
An expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, including a 50,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and 143,500 sq.ft. of flexible space, will connect to a new Signia by Hilton hotel, creating an unrivaled convention package. Hilton chose Indy as one of only three cities to launch its new meeting-centric Signia brand. This new property will stand 40 stories tall, offer 800 rooms, and include a top-level bar with skyline views. Another 600-room Hilton property is slated to be developed on an adjacent parcel, also connected to the center. This project is anticipated to open in 2025.
In addition, Indy has another 600+ downtown hotel rooms in the pipeline that will bring the number of hotel rooms in walking distance of the center to more than 10,000. Indy already touts the most hotels and hotel rooms connected by enclosed skywalks into a center in the U.S., and this expansion will boost those numbers to 14 properties and 6,100+ hotel rooms all under one roof.
New Event Spaces
$30 Million | Anticipated opening: 2023
Located just north of Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Bicentennial Unity Plaza will be home to a community basketball court that will be converted to a seasonal ice rink, community-based public programming, and new public art thanks to a $28.47 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
A large portion of the plaza will be under a permanent canopy system, which extends its use throughout the year. At least 80 percent of programming on the plaza is reserved for community activities and public performances, and a specially designed 30-ft. by 110-ft. sculpture, titled “Together,” will harken feelings of community.
$50 Million | Anticipated opening: 2023
The Indiana State Fairgrounds is one of Indy's premier event and expo centers and the New Fall Creek Pavilion, opening in 2023, will build on their hosting capabilities with a 196,000-sq.-ft. multi-use building. It will be a best-in-class livestock facility, but it will also be a modern, flexible space that can host a variety of livestock, consumer, and sporting events throughout the year.
Trails & Transportation
Indianapolis Cultural Trail Expansion
$30 Million | Anticipated opening: 2024
Indianapolis is known for a clearly connected downtown sphere, navigable through marked trails for both walkers and bikers. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, the 8-mile biking and pedestrian trail that connects downtown Indy with nearby cultural districts, will undergo its first major expansion in its 10-year history. Two new stretches to the internationally recognized path are in progress along South Street and Indiana Avenue.
The South Street expansion will bring the Indianapolis Cultural Trail from New Jersey Street to Capitol Avenue, improving access in a thriving stretch of downtown that includes Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. Indiana Avenue, home to the Madam C.J. Walker Legacy Center and historic, popular jazz scene that lasted until the 1970s, will be more accessible from the downtown core. With increased connectivity to these downtown landmarks by 2024, attendees will be able to explore more nearby neighborhoods here in the Circle City.
$188 Million | Anticipated opening: 2024
Indy's public transportation infrastructure is getting a boost with the development of the 15-mile Purple Line connecting downtown to Lawrence and the east side of the city. The Purple Line adds another spoke to an IndyGo system that premiered with the Red Line running north/south and connecting from Broad Ripple in the north to the University of Indianapolis campus in the south. The long-term plan aspires to create an efficient and equitable system for moving people to jobs and opportunities in and around Indianapolis.
New Downtown Developments
$1 Billion | Anticipated opening: 2025
Over 20 acres of land in downtown Indianapolis will be transformed into a vibrant village featuring all things Indy Eleven soccer. The development will completely transform the space southwest of the convention center to include a 20,000-seat stadium, retail and office space, apartments, and a boutique hotel. With the White River serving as the backdrop for the new development, the city’s main waterway and skyline will share this metropolitan footprint.
City Market East Project
$175 Million | Anticipated opening: 2025
A revitalization project to bring the downtown market block back into Indy’s residential and commercial spotlight, this $175M-plus development will reimagine the City Market and the surrounding business district’s landmarks. The historic City Market, a feature in downtown Indianapolis since 1886, will be redeveloped to be more pedestrian-friendly and accessible to visitors touring the district, with $12M in improvement to the Market’s parking garage and a $4M conversion of alleyways into walking trails. A new 10,500-sq.-ft. glass enclosure of the City Market building will offer more event and entrepreneurial space.
New Entertainment Options
When meetings are over, it is time to play and downtown's newest event venue, Back 9, promises to offer an ideal location for attendees to play and businesses to entertain. Located along the White River a short drive from the Indiana Convention Center and downtown hotels, Back 9 features state-of-the-art technology, local cuisine, and tons of friendly competition in brand new bays and outdoor beer garden.
As part of the posh new Bottleworks District, Pins Mechanical Company is a massive entertainment complex with duckpin bowling lanes, pinball, ping pong, bocce, and much more. Innovative cocktails and local brews compliment the fun, and the surrounding district promises a night out that visitors won't forget.
Located in the massive Circle City Industrial Complex, the Fowling Warehouse blends bowling and football into an interactive gaming experience that is unique, competitive, and a whole lot of fun.
Shining A Light, Monument Circle
Monument Circle, the iconic heart of the city, now is equipped with state-of-the-art light and audio technology and features a must-see, nightly patriotic salute entitled Shining A Light. For event strategists, the technology can be adapted to provide a unique experience for attendees. Imagine animation, video, and music working together to envelop attendees in a dazzling conference experience.