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Future Men’s Final Four Sites Announced November 20, 2008

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INDIANAPOLIS – A process that Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Chair and Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive indicated was as grueling and competitive as selecting teams for the men’s basketball championship concluded Wednesday with the announcement of the following host cities for the 2012-16 Men’s Final Fours:

March 31/April 2, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Louisiana Superdome
 
April 6/8, 2013
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Dome
 
April 5/7, 2014
North Texas (Arlington/ Dallas/ Fort Worth)
Cowboys Stadium
 
April 4/6, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Stadium
 
April 2/4, 2016
Houston, TX
Reliant Stadium

NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee Selects Women’s Final Four Sites for the Years 2012-16 November 14, 2008

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has chosen five future Women’s Final Four sites for the years 2012-2016.  The Women’s Final Four sites are:

            2012 – Denver.  Mountain West Conference, host.
            2013 – New Orleans. University of New Orleans, host.
            2014 – Nashville.  Ohio Valley Conference, host.
            2015 – Tampa Bay.  University of South Florida, host.
            2016 – Indianapolis. Butler University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Horizon League, hosts.

“The women’s basketball committee invested a tremendous amount of time and effort in the Women’s Final Four site selection process,” said Jacki Silar, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and associate director of athletics at Duke University.  “It was a very difficult and important decision and it was the committee’s charge to determine which of the cities would best serve as future host sites for the pinnacle of women’s basketball – the Women’s Final Four.”

After submitting an intent-to-bid form last November, representatives of 12 cities attended a pre-bid seminar in January, and they met with NCAA staff for individual planning and progress updates in April and again in June.  After selecting eight finalist cities in August, women’s basketball committee members made site visits to each finalist city in September and October 2008.  Following the site visits to each prospective city, representatives of the bid committee made final presentations to the committee on Nov. 11-12 in Indianapolis.

“The committee appreciated the work and effort of each of the cities that participated in this bid selection process,” Silar said.  “Committee members evaluated each prospective host city based on many criteria, weighing each element’s importance and what is critical to successfully host a Women’s Final Four.”

When evaluating prospective host cities, the committee reviewed each city’s competition venue, convention center, hotel community, transportation plans, legacy programs and financial commitment, as well as the community’s and prospective host institution/conference’s overall commitment to the event.

“This is an exciting time for the game of collegiate women’s basketball and this was evident by the number and quality of cities that participated in the bid process as prospective 2012-16 Women’s Final Four hosts,” said NCAA President Myles Brand.  “Congratulations to the five cities selected as these cities represent the future for this great event.   In 2016, the NCAA will celebrate the 35th anniversary season of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.  With cities such as Denver, New Orleans, Nashville, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis serving as future hosts, we believe the Women’s Final Four will continue its growth as a marquee event and continue to be the ultimate experience for our student-athletes.”

The cities selected represent a blend of cities with past Women’s Final Four hosting experience in Indianapolis (2005), New Orleans (1991, 2004) and Tampa Bay (2008), while Denver and Nashville will be hosting the event for the first time.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the prospective host cities and bid committees that participated in the bid process for the 2012-16 Women’s Final Four,” said NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt.  “The time, effort and enthusiasm in each of their bids were noteworthy and because of this kind of commitment and engagement, the Women’s Final Four will continue to be the outstanding ‘celebration’ of women’s basketball that it has become.  This was a difficult decision by the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, and I applaud their efforts in determining the five cities that will serve as the future host cities for the pinnacle event in women’s basketball.”
 
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

Media Contact: Rick Nixon, Associate Director of Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, 317-917-6539

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

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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
bdavishandy@500festival.com
www.500festival.com

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).

Contact:

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

What:            
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. 

Who:
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

Where:          
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. 

When:
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.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKET INFORMATION

  • 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. 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Bob Schultz
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
bschultz@indianapolis.org
317-639-4772 (work)
317-442-2155 (cell)

Diane Peasel
Drum Corps International
media@DCI.org
317-275-1221 (work)
630-400-3547 (cell)

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Media Tour/Media Availability: Pre-Season Training Camp for Marching Music’s Major League™ June 16, 2008

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See them NOW – this Friday!
They won’t be back to Indiana until the World Championships in August!

Local/regional media is invited to be guided through the lifestyle of world class drum and bugle corps members about to embark on a more than 10,000 mile journey that will conclude this August in Bloomington, Ind. for the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships event.

Collect b-roll, interview corps members, understand the phenomena.

Receive an inside look before Drum Corps International (DCI), the non-profit event producer of the world’s most elite and exclusive marching music ensembles, brings its World Championships to Bloomington beginning Thursday, August 7.

Come see Carolina Crown from Fort Mill, S.C., one of more than 40 competing marching ensembles, in an exclusive pre-season preview at their Bloomington, Ind. training camp area. Watch rehearsals and see how a 150-member ensemble lays camp inside a gymnasium, eats food prepared on a commercial size kitchen semi-trailer, and travels on charter buses that will take them across North America.

WHO: Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from Fort Mill, S.C. http://carolinacrown.org

WHAT:
An opportunity to experience a 150-member world class drum corps’ training site, sleeping quarters, travelling kitchen trailer and tour buses.

WHEN:
Your best available time on Friday, June 20 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Practice: 9 – 12 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Practice: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal around 8 p.m.

WHERE: Binford Elementary
2300 East 2nd Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

HOW: See how they rehearse. See how they eat. See how they sleep. See how it intense it all is — on the professional level. Warm-up with one of the most elite groups of young musicians as they gather for an afternoon practice session led by world class instructors. Watch a team of volunteers feed 150 students and their staff from the back of a semi-trailer kitchen. Take a tour through their entire camp site to gather more information. Stay around past eight o’clock and be blown away by a full dress rehearsal performance.

About the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships
The 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships is the pinnacle of 115 live competitive events that will occur across North America as part of the annual Drum Corps International Summer Tour. Between June and August, the tour will feature ensembles comprised of up to 150 brass, percussion and color guard students aged 14 to 22. These groups will travel more than 10,000 miles, rehearsing an average of 10 hours each day.

This August, Indiana will host the Drum Corps International World Championships in Michigan City, Indianapolis, and Bloomington from August 5-9, 2008. The semifinals and finals will take place in Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium will host the World Championships each year starting in August, 2009. Hundreds of volunteers are now being sought to help stage this August’s event. Tickets have gone on sale this week for this showcase of “Marching Music’s Major League™” at www.dci.org.

About Drum Corps International
Drum Corps International (DCI) is the world leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. Founded in 1972, Drum Corps International has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth organization with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™. Learn more about the exciting world of Drum Corps International and its member corps on the Web at DCI.org, or call (317) 275-1212. Drum Corps International is located in Indianapolis, Ind.

Media Contacts:
Diane Peasel
Drum Corps International
317.275.1221
media@dci.org

Tosha Daughtery
Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau
812.330.4303
tosha@visitbloomington.com

Bob Schultz
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
317.442.2155
bschultz@indianapolis.org

ICVA reaction to 2012 Super Bowl announcement May 21, 2008

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Indianapolis to host 2012 Super Bowl May 21, 2008

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INDIANAPOLIS – NFL team owners voted today to award the bid for the 2012 Super Bowl to the City of Indianapolis.

Today, a five member delegation representing Indianapolis was given a 15 minute opportunity to present the city’s bid to NFL team owners. Following the presentations by Indianapolis, Phoenix, Ariz. and Houston, Tex., team owners met to cast their votes for the winning city.

“This is great news for not only Indianapolis, but for the whole State of Indiana. The decision made by the NFL owners shows their recognition of the hard work of our team and the strength of our community,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “This was truly a community bid. It began with a process of involving anyone interested in being a part of it, and ended with our 8th grade ambassadors flying all over the country to hand-deliver our final bid package.”

Studies of past Super Bowl host cities show that Indianapolis can expect 100,000 visitors over the course of one week and over an estimated $120 million direct spend into the local economy.

“We are once again eager to share with the world our incomparable package of convenience and outstanding facilities,” said Bob Bedell, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. “This decision today stands as a testament to our deliberately designed downtown, which has become the ideal destination for this and many other major events. I know our thousands of hospitality service providers and community volunteers will once again deliver with excellence.”

Tamara Zahn, President of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. agreed.

“We are thrilled! This is a sensational score for Downtown Indianapolis,” Zahn said. “Now it is up to all of us to exceed NFL expectations and deliver what we know Indianapolis can do!”

About Indy’s 2012 Bid

Super Bowl Village

  • A T-shaped pedestrian friendly area stretching from Monument Circle to Georgia Street on Meridian
  • Will connect the Indiana Convention Center to Conseco Fieldhouse
  • Will include live entertainment, warm zones, team units and other local flavors
  • Will connect to a football theme park, part of the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center

Tech High School Athletic Facility

  • A privately financed $9 million athletic facility located on the campus of Tech High School on the city’s near eastside
  • Used as a training/practice facility for one of the competing teams
  • Following Super Bowl 2012, the facility will be turned over to the school district for student use

Lucas Oil Stadium

  • Since the city’s bid for the 2011 Super Bowl, Lucas Oil Stadium has made one year of construction progress
  • The three-deck, seven-level multi-use building with a retractable roof will seat 74,595 fans for the 2012 Super Bowl

Experience

  • Indianapolis is well versed in hosting large events and the dedication of our volunteers is unwavering
  • Convenient downtown facilities including the Indiana Convention Center, hotels, and restaurants and shops, etc.
  • Successfully partnered with the NFL in September 2007 to host the Kick-off Concert on Monument circle for the Colts opener (this will be a similar event to the Saturday night concert staged for up to 100,000 prior to Super Bowl 2012)


Contacts:
Marcus J. Barlow
Press Secretary
Office of the Mayor
E-mail: mbarlow@indygov.org
Office: 317-327-3713
Cell: 317-496-5515

Jessica Higdon
Deputy Press Secretary
Office of the Mayor
E-mail: jhigdon@indygov.org
Office: 317-327-3649
Cell: 317-281-5817