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Red Carpet Rolling Out for Fans at Red Bull Indianapolis GP August 21, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Events.
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Indianapolis will embrace motorcycle riders and celebrate the two-wheeled lifestyle in September when MotoGP comes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP, as a joint community effort is producing a festival of exciting, world-class activities for riders and enthusiasts.

Officials from the City of Indianapolis, Town of Speedway, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA), the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Local Organizing Committee and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are coordinating many motorcycle-oriented events to celebrate the return of two-wheeled competition to IMS for the first time since 1909, the year the fabled facility opened.

“The sense of anticipation and excitement is building every day for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP,” said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. “The organization and effort by the community surrounding this race is very similar to that during the month-long celebration of the Indianapolis 500 every May. This will be a memorable, world-class event for riders in every way.”

The Red Bull Indianapolis GP Local Organizing Committee, formed in February 2008, is comprised of representatives from these organizations: LDI Ltd., Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., Indiana Office of Tourism Development, International Center of Indianapolis, Simon Property Group, regional and national motorcycle enthusiasts and IMS.

The Local Organizing Committee is overseeing the coordination of local special events, local and regional riding opportunities for motorcycle enthusiasts, local hotels and restaurants, and public safety and security.

In conjunction with the Committee, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development has created “Live Indiana: Motorcycle Rides,” a special promotion with an interactive Web site and blog featuring favorite motorcycle routes throughout the state. The Web site, found at www.LiveIndiana.net, features opportunities for riders to blog about their favorite Indiana restaurants, activities and entertainment along the routes, as well as maps and directions.

Committee officials also are working closely with ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana, a not-for-profit, safety, educational, charitable and advocacy motorcyclist organization. ABATE of Indiana, which has a membership of more than 27,000, is working as a liaison with visiting riders during race week, promoting area bike-oriented events and rider safety.

Much like the impressive lineup of activities surrounding the Indianapolis 500 during the Month of May, multiple events around the area will create a festival atmosphere during Red Bull Indianapolis GP race week, including:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 9: Kick Start Celebration press conference, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Thursday, Sept. 11: Red Bull TNT Freestyle Motocross, 8 p.m. in the popular entertainment district of Broad Ripple. The event will take place on 62nd Street between College and Guilford Avenues, as Red Bull TNT Freestyle riders will perform aerial tricks and stunts after launching themselves high into the air from huge ramps. Special motorcycle parking and street closures in the area will create a festival atmosphere.
  • Friday, Sept. 12: XDL Sportbike Freestyle Championship at Indy, 7-11 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis. This high-energy, high-thrill motorcycle stunt/drifting event will take place on North Street between Pennsylvania and Meridian Streets.
  • Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13: Motorcycles on Meridian, starting at 7 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis. Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis will be open only to motorcycle traffic and parking between Maryland and South Streets, providing a perfect opportunity for riders and fans to check out the exciting restaurants and downtown nightlife.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13: Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Flat Track Grand National, 7 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St. in Indianapolis. The top national flat-track motorcycle racing series returns to the famed “Indy Mile” dirt oval for the first time since 1999. The top flat-track riders in the world will slide through the corners while racing handlebar-to-handlebar around the track.

“Indianapolis is ready for all the exciting events surrounding the Red Bull Indianapolis GP,” ICVA President and CEO Don Welsh said. “We’ve worked hard to create and sustain our city’s reputation as America’s premier sporting events destination. This week-long festival celebrates that reputation coupled with everything about motorcycles.”

The world’s best motorcycle road racers in the MotoGP, 250cc and 125cc classes will provide high-speed, side-by-side action all day Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14 on the 2.621-mile road course at IMS. The MotoGP stars of the future also will compete in Red Bull Riders Cup and Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup events during the weekend at IMS.

But there also is plenty of non-racing entertainment planned at IMS.  Manufacturer displays, manufacturer demo rides and a Vendor Marketplace featuring many types of motorcycle equipment and accessories will be available to fans all weekend at IMS. Pre-race entertainment on Sunday, Sept. 14 will include stunt riding, sky divers, the always-inspiring military flyover during the national anthem, and more.

IMS is accommodating motorcyclists with several areas of motorcycle-friendly parking, with nearly 16,000 spaces spread over 26 acres at the facility.

Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets: Tickets are on sale for the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sept. 14, 2008.  Tickets can be purchased either online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time; on the phone by calling (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All tickets for this event are three-day tickets, with both reserved and general admission seating available.

Media Contacts: Ron Green, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (317) 492-6780, rgreen@brickyard.com
Paul Kelly, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, (315) 673-0184, pkelly@brickyard.com
World Wide Web: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com


Indy Officials to Welcome World’s Most Elite Drum Corps; Inaugural “Indy Drum Off” To Sound Start to World Championships August 5, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Conventions & Meetings, Events.
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and local officials will welcome the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships to Indianapolis this week as the 2007 reigning world champions, Blue Devils from Concord, Calif., will demonstrate their percussive skills and challenge local Indianapolis participants in an exhilarating street drumming competition.

A Welcome Press Conference and Inaugural Indy Drum Off will usher in “Marching Music’s Major League™” with the 43 competing drum and bugle corps traveling from across the country to Central Indiana.  Additionally, the drumming skills of local Indianapolis personalities and sports mascots assembled will go head-to-head against the 2007 reigning world champion Blue Devils drum line.  The event will kick off the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble contest at the Indiana Convention Center featuring members from the world’s most elite marching music ensembles as they showcase their talent and musical skills all day here in downtown Indianapolis. 

Press Conference Participants:

  • Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis
  • Dan Acheson, President & CEO of Drum Corps International
  • Don Welsh, President & CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

Drum Off Participants:

  • Reigning 2007 World Champion Blue Devil drum line
  • Rowdy from the Indianapolis Indians
  • Bowser and the Pacemates from the Indiana Pacers
  • Freddy Fever of the Indiana Fever
  • Representative(s) from the Indianapolis Colts (invited)
  • Area media personalities

The press welcome press conference and the Indy Drum Off will take place on the Indiana Convention Center’s Capitol Avenue Plaza, directly across the street from St. John Catholic Church along Capitol Avenue.  The area is adjacent to the large steps leading up to the RCA Dome.  A rain location is set for the Serpentine 2 area on the second floor of the convention center adjacent to the escalators nearest the skywalk that goes to the Hyatt. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Free to the public, the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble contest is one of seven events taking place during the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships. The world championships will feature events in Michigan City, Indianapolis and culminate with final performances at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, August 7 – 9.


  • Tickets for the world championship events at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington can be purchased online at www.DCI.org/Indiana08, Ticketmaster.com or at the box office on the day of the show.
  • SPECIAL GROUP RATES are available for organizations, companies or any group 20 persons or more. For special group offers contact Mike Henn at 317-842-9637 or hennmike@gmail.com.  

About the Drum Corps International World Championships
The Drum Corps International World Championships are the pinnacle of more than 115 competitive events taking place across North America as part of the annual DCI Summer Tour. From June through mid-August, the tour features ensembles comprised of up to 150 brass musicians, percussionists and dance performers ages 14 to 22. Each of these elite groups will travel more than 10,000 miles, rehearsing an average of 10 hours daily in order to compete at the highest levels of musical and performance excellence in venues which include the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the Alamodome in San Antonio and INVESCO field at Mile High in Denver.

The semifinals and finalsof the Drum Corps International World Championships will take place in Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington on August 7-9, 2008. Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium will host the World Championships each year starting in August, 2009. 
Bob Schultz
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
317-639-4772 (work)
317-442-2155 (cell)

Diane Peasel
Drum Corps International
317-275-1221 (work)
630-400-3547 (cell)