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Airport Authority Approves Lower Daily Parking Fee at New Garage September 19, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Expansion & New Development.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Airport Authority Board set parking fees for the new Indianapolis Airport at its meeting today, including a daily rate for the new garage that is $6 lower than the rate at the present garage and free parking at the “cell phone” parking lot at the new airport.

At the current airport garage, the maximum daily fee is $22. For the new garage, located adjacent to the new Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal, the maximum daily fee will be $16.

“We want our visitors to talk about how much they enjoyed the experience of our new airport,” Authority Board President Randall L. Tobias said. “And we want to encourage them to use our new garage.”

The parking rates for the new airport, set to open for incoming flights on the evening of Nov. 11 and for all flights on Nov. 12, were part of the Board’s annual schedule of rates and charges adopted at its Friday meeting.

The new airport, located at Exit 68 on I-70, just west of I-465 in Indianapolis, will have a parking garage that can accommodate 5,900 private cars and 1,200 rental cars. The long-term and economy surface lots located just west of the garage will have space for 11,000 cars. Shuttle buses will carry travelers from the surface lots to the new terminal.

The new airport also will feature a free “cell phone” lot, where drivers can wait for calls from travelers, then drive to the terminal to pick them up.

The full schedule of parking fees adopted by the Authority Board is as follows:

Parking garage: Each half-hour: $2.00; maximum each 24 hours: $16.00
Long-term lot: Each 24-hour period: $11.00
Economy lot: Each 24-hour period: $7

The new parking garage will have moving walkways on its main floor, as well as 10 elevators and eight escalators. The garage also will include the Ground Transportation Center, which will contain rental car agencies, limousine, shuttle and other transportation services.

Contact: David Dawson, (317) 752-0873; Susan Sullivan, (317) 487-2025

500 Festival receives 12 awards from the International Festival & Events Association September 16, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Arts/Culture & Attractions, Events.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The 500 Festival announced today it earned 12 industry honors from the International Festival & Events Association (IFEA).  The awards were distributed this past Wednesday during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 53rd Annual Convention in Boise, Idaho. 

“This is a great achievement for our entire organization and all of our constituents, to be recognized by industry peers,” said Kirk Hendrix, President and CEO, 500 Festival. “This also serves as motivation as we get ready for our 53rd season of producing world-class events and programs for our community.”

Each year, the IFEA recognizes outstanding examples of quality and creativity in the promotional programs and materials produced by its 2,400 member festivals and events around the world. Over 1,400 entries were submitted this year from the world’s top festivals and events. The 500 Festival received the following honors:

Gold Pinnacle Award:

  • Best Event Invitation: Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt (Designed in cooperation with Williams Randall Marketing Communications)

Silver Pinnacle Awards:

  • Best Full Length National TV Program: 2008 IPL 500 Festival Parade on ESPN2 (Produced in cooperation with IMS Productions)
  • Best Radio Promotion:  2008 IPL 500 Festival Parade (Produced in cooperation with Cumulus Radio)
  • Best Sponsor: Marsh Super Markets; Associate Sponsor of the 500 Festival Volunteer Program and OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and  presenting sponsor of the 2008 500 Festival Mini-Marinarathon
  • Best Other Merchandise: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Finishers Medal

 Bronze Pinnacle Awards:

  • Best Volunteer Program: 500 Festival Volunteer Program 
  • Best Organizational Website: www.500festival.com 
  • Best Event/Organization E-Newsletter – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Newsletter 
  • Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials: Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt, Guest Goodie Box (Designed in cooperation with Williams Randall Marketing Communications) 
  • Best Media Relations Campaign: 2008 500 Festival “Fuel the Dream” campaign 
  • Best Pin or Button (by an event): American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day Pin (Produced in cooperation with Indianapolis Motor Speedway)    
  • Best Promotion Publicizing an IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Award Win: Promotion of 2007 Best Volunteer Program win

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE.  “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards represents the hallmark of excellence in the festivals and events industry.  Entries in every budget category, from every corner of the globe, allow us to recognize the best in our business while raising the standards and quality of media promotions and events across the board.”

Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as Walt Disney Company, FL;  The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, OR; Portland Rose Festival, OR; Greeley Independence Stampede, CO; Hawaii Tourism Authority, HI; The Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville, KY; Memphis in May, Memphis, TN.  International contenders included such diverse event organizations as International Festival Lent, Slovenia; Ottawa Bluesfest, Canada; The Hague Festivals, The Netherlands and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.   Entries included posters, merchandise, websites, print and broadcast ads, volunteer programs, community outreach programs, and many other categories.

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) is a non-profit membership organization with members spanning 40 countries and 5 continents, and offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide. Visit the IFEA website at www.ifea.com for additional details.

Contact: Brandi Davis-Handy
(317) 614-6128

RCA Dome Roof Deflation Scheduled for Sept. 24 September 15, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Conventions & Meetings, Expansion & New Development, ICVA Business.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The skyline of downtown Indianapolis will be noticeably altered when the RCA Dome fabric roof is deflated on Wednesday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m., according to the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority (ISCBA).  The deflation, which is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes, will consist of turning off the large fans creating pressure that keeps the roof inflated.

The roof deflation is the next step toward the removal of the Dome, which paves the way for construction of a $275 million major expansion of the Indiana Convention Center – a structure that will be attached to the new Lucas Oil Stadium by an enclosed pedestrian connector.
In a brief ceremony, former Mayor Bill Hudnut — during whose administration the Dome was constructed — will flip a switch to turn off the large fans.  The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the north steps of Lucas Oil Stadium.  It will include various individuals who have been associated with the Dome over the years, sharing memories as the roof slowly descends.
When completed in the late fall of 2010, the expanded Convention Center — combined with the new Stadium space – will increase the amount of exhibition, meeting room, ballroom and pre-function space from about 725,000 square feet to more than 1.2 million square feet.  That includes 253,100 square feet of exhibition space and 63,000 square feet of meeting room space.
Walls and ceilings that don’t comprise the Dome’s structural frame are currently being demolished and removed, as are salvage and memorabilia items.  About half of the Dome will be dismantled with traditional demolition methods and the remaining upper level seating areas will be imploded, which is scheduled to occur in December.

According to the construction manager, a joint venture of Shiel Sexton/Powers and Sons, the project is on schedule, including the construction of new meeting rooms at the northwest corner of the existing Convention Center.
The Dome’s eight-acre roof consists of two layers of fabric supported by a series of cables and fans.  The facility had a maximum seating capacity of 60,500 permanent seats (57,965 for football), but could be configured for more than that number for NCAA Final Four games and other special events.
For 24 years, the Dome provided extraordinary and invaluable service to Indianapolis and Indiana.  It was the home for the Indianapolis Colts, hosted numerous national and international conventions, trade shows and church assemblies, and served as the site for IHSAA high school and NCAA college football and basketball championships.  It hosted presidential speeches, countless concerts and other major and recurring events.
For example, on July 9, 1984, the Dome set a new world attendance record for an indoor basketball game – 67,596 fans — when the U.S. Olympic basketball team played an exhibition against a team of NBA All-Stars.  In addition to the Colts and IHSAA and NCAA championships, recurring events included the Bands of America Grand Nationals, Circle City Classic, Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration and Supercross.  
Originally called the Hoosier Dome when it was opened in May 1984, the facility was renamed the RCA Dome in 1994 when Thomson Consumer Electronics, a division of RCA, paid $10 million for naming rights over 10 years.

When the expansion is complete, the Capital Improvement Board of Managers (CIB) will manage the Convention Center, as it does Lucas Oil Stadium.  The ISCBA is the state agency responsible for financing, designing and constructing both the Convention Center expansion and the new Stadium.

Contact: David Sease or Lou Gerig, 317-634-1171

Public Invited as City Leaders “Kick Start” MotoGP Week Leading up to the Red Bull Indianapolis GP September 8, 2008

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WHAT:  As Indianapolis prepares to host the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP this weekend  at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,community leaders and city officials will gather to showcase the many signature events happening during this high-profile week. The “Indy Kick Start Celebration” will celebrate the plans and activities to host and service thousands of national and international motorcycle racing enthusiasts and visitors.  

This very visual, public kick-off event will bring together event organizers for Indy’s weekend celebration of motorcycles, speed and culture.  Hundreds of motorcycles will parade onto Monument Circle from South Meridian Street led by the talented and dynamic Red Bull Rookies Cup Riders.  Following remarks, event organizers will be available to showcase such cornerstone events as:

  • Red Bull Indianapolis GP Pit Walkabout, qualifications, and support races and events
  • Red Bull Broad Ripple Street Party (Thursday evening, 9/11)
  • XDL Sportbike Freestyle Championship Round 4 (Friday evening, 9/12 near Veterans Memorial Plaza
  • Motorcycles on Meridian (Friday and Saturday evenings, 9/12-13 – “see and be seen” atmosphere)
  • Lucas Oil Indy Mile AMA Flat Track Grand National (9/13 at Indiana State Fairgrounds)
  • Plus info on other major city events happening this week and weekend

 Opportunities will also exist for the public to get up-close to professional motorcycles racers
WHO:  Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis 
            Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
            Tamara Zahn, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
            Bob Schultz, Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
            Event Organizers for all motorcycle events in Indianapolis this week
WHEN:  Tuesday, September 9 
                        11:30 a.m.  – Event commences
                        11:45 a.m.  – Motorcycles arrive onto Monument Circle
                        11:55 a.m.  – Officials’ remarks
                        Through 1 p.m.-  Motorcycle exhibits, music on the Circle, food booths, etc.
WHERE:  Monument Circle – Southside

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Bob Schultz, ICVA, 317-639-4772

                                 Ron Green, IMS, 317-492-6480





Inaugural MVP Jerry Rice Celebrates 25th Annual Circle City Classic with Return to Indianapolis; Future NFL Hall of Famer to receive Chase Major Taylor Award September 4, 2008

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Future NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who earned Most Valuable Player honors at the inaugural Circle City Classic, will receive the Chase Major Taylor Award in Indianapolis as part of the 25th Annual American Family Insurance Classic Weekend. The 2008 edition of the Circle City Classic will feature the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs and the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, October 4.

Rice, who will also serve as the Grand Marshal of the American Family Insurance Classic Parade, will be honored with the Chase Major Taylor Award at the Indianapolis Colts Classic Coaches Luncheon on Friday, October 3. Tickets to all Classic events are available by calling the Circle City Classic office at (317) 237-5222.

The Chase Major Taylor Award, named in honor of prominent Indianapolis cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, is a tribute to African-American athletes, coaches, athletic administrators and officials who have made significant local and national contributions to youth while encouraging excellence in future generations.

“We are honored to have Jerry Rice return to Indianapolis as the 2008 Chase Major Taylor Award winner,” said James Perkins, chair of the Major Taylor Award committee. “Jerry, along with his Mississippi Valley State teammates, generated an excitement at the first Circle City Classic that continues today. There is no better way to celebrate our 25th Classic than by honoring our most successful Classic alum.”

Rice earned MVP honors in the 1984 Circle City Classic as he led Mississippi Valley State to a 48-36 win over Grambling State, finishing with eight receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers (16th overall) the following year.

In his 20-year NFL career, Rice set 38 NFL records, was voted to 13 Pro Bowls, and won three Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIV, and XIX). His numerous accolades include the Super Bowl XXIII MVP, 1995 Pro Bowl MVP, and NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team Member. Rice accumulated NFL records of 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards and a total of 208 touchdowns during his NFL career.

“It is an extreme honor to have someone the caliber of Jerry Rice return to the Classic,” said William Mays, co-chairman, Circle City Classic. “I was at the first Classic game and could tell he was a special player who would enjoy a successful career. It is fitting to have him back as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

“We are honored to have had a legendary athlete such as Jerry Rice be a part of the Circle City Classic during the inaugural game,” Indiana Black Expo President and CEO Tanya Bell said. “It’s truly a blessing to have him return to celebrate the 25th Anniversary with us in the new Lucas Oil Stadium.” 

Past recipients of the Major Taylor Award are: Ray Crowe (1987), James Perkins (1988), Anita DeFrantz (1989), Eddie Robinson (1990), Bill Brooks (1991), Dr. LeRoy Walker (1992), Clarence “Big House” Gaines (1993), Florence Griffith Joyner (1994), Mel Blount (1995), Reggie Williams (1996), Doug Williams (1997), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1998), Carolyn Peck (1999), Earl Woods (2000), Daniel Boggan, Jr. (2001), Mike Davis (2002), Muhammad Ali and Rev. Charles Williams (2003), George McGinnis (2004), Dominique Dawes (2005), Shani Davis (2006), and Tamika Catchings and Tony Dungy (2007).


John Dedman, Indiana Sports Corporation – (317) 237-5016

Justin Bryant, Indiana Sports Corporation – (317) 237-5028

Rachele Salary, Indiana Black Expo – (317) 923-3042