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Big 10 Women’s Basketball Tournament Near JW Marriott Indy
Big 10 Women’s Basketball Tournament Near JW Marriott Indy

Big 10 Women’s Basketball Tournament

The Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is once again returning to downtown Indianapolis. Indiana Sports Corp and Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be hosting this popular annual event for the 21st time in the event’s 25-year history. All 14 teams from the Big Ten Conference will be traveling to Circle City and battling it out on the court to claim the conference tournament title from February 28 – March 4, 2018.

Take a look at this year’s tournament bracket.

Ticket InfoGeneral public tickets for the games are available at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

All-session tickets are available for $55 when purchased before January 31st.

After January 31st, all-session tickets are $75.

Venue InfoBankers Life Fieldhouse is located at 125 S. Pennsylvania Street in downtown Indianapolis. This popular arena is used to top-tier sports action and unforgettable live events, whether it’s a Pacers Game, WWE match, Disney on Ice spectacular, or a concert starring international headliners like Metallica and Taylor Swift.

Stay Near Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Centrally located less than one mile from Bakers Life Fieldhouse, the 33-story JW Marriott Indianapolis is the perfect place to stay if you’re coming to Indy for the Big 10 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Our upscale hotel offers stylish accommodations, unmatched service, and exceptional dining options in the perfect downtown location. Along with easy access to the big games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, we’re just steps from popular Indy attractions including White River Park, the Eiteljorg Museum and Victory Field. We are also connected to downtown Indy’s skywalk system, offering climate-controlled access to the shopping at Circle Centre Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Convention Center and more.

From the moment you arrive, our staff will make you feel like part of the team with excellent service and outstanding amenities for a memorable stay. Before you head out to the tournament, enjoy a pre-game meal at High Velocity, our modern sports bar. From celebratory cocktails in our chic Lobby Lounge to our convenient on-site Starbucks, we make it easy to enjoy your time in Circle City.

Reserve your stay today and discover why JW Marriott Indianapolis is one of the top-rated hotels near Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

2018 New Year’s Eve Events | JW Indy

Visit Indy For New Year’s Eve

This New Year’s Eve, kiss 2017 goodbye in Indy! From live music and fireworks to bar crawls and masquerades, downtown has a fabulous lineup of events this year.

12/31 – Downtown Indy Inc.’s New Year’s Eve on Georgia Street

  • 250 W. Georgia St.
  • 8pm to 12:30pm
  • This annual city-wide celebration is only 0.4 miles from our Indy hotel.
  • The event features live music, entertainment, activities for kids, fireworks, a midnight extravaganza, and plenty of food and drink offerings.
  • All ages welcome.

12/31 – Cîroc the New Year 2018

  • Regens Tower at 211 N. Pennsylvania St.
  • 9pm to 2am
  • With 360-degree views of downtown, tickets to Indy’s only rooftop New Year’s Eve event sell out fast.
  • Tickets include a premium open bar all evening, appetizers, champagne toast, and midnight presentation.

12/31 – The Annual Bud Light New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

  • Union Station Crowne Plaza at 123 W. Louisiana St.
  • Dinner: 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm / General Admission: 8:45 pm
  • The event features 3 main areas, each offering a different experience: Grand Hall (live music); The Club (DJ’s); The Ironhorse Lounge (chill).

12/31 – New Year’s Eve 2018 at the Pavilion: A Night at Moulin Rouge

  • The Pavilion at Pan Am at 201 S. Capitol Ave.
  • 9pm to 2am
  • Experience a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration at Indy’s newest event venue.
  • Tickets include amenities like a premium open bar, midnight champagne toast, party favors, appetizers, and desserts.
  • Entertainment will feature burlesque dancers, DJ’s, and live performances.

12/31 – New Year’s Eve 2018 at Howl at the Moon

  • Howl at the Moon Indianapolis at 20 E. Georgia St.
  • Starting times vary based on ticket options
  • Champagne Supernova tickets include reserved front row seating, premium open bar (7pm to 12pm), catered dinner buffet (7pm to 10pm), champagne toast at midnight, party favors, complimentary bottle of champagne when you purchase a table.
  • Other ticket options include Party Rock-Table Seating, Party Rail-Seating, Big-Shot Patio Seating, Fashionable Late, and General Admission

Enjoy the Night & Stay with Us

Our Indy hotel is conveniently located within one mile to all these (and more) New Year’s Eve events. And, with two distinct onsite restaurants, our Indy hotel is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious dinner before the New Year festivities.

Staying In?

  • Guests hoping for a more relaxed New Year’s Eve experience can enjoy carefully crafted Italian cuisine at our full-service, upscale restaurant—Osteria Pronto.
  • Sports fans—grab a seat at our modern upscale sports bar, High Velocity.

After-Hour Meals and Snacks

  • Take advantage of In-Room dining from High Velocity’s Late-Night Menu (available from 1am to 6am).
  • Or, if you wake up hungry and can’t muster the energy to venture out, order from our In-Room Breakfast or All-Day menus.

Ultra-Luxe Amenities and Accommodations
Whether your plans include staying in or dancing the night away, you’ll love the exceptional amenities in our guest rooms and suites. Our hotel also has a state-of-the-art fitness center, 24-hour full-service business center, heated indoor pool, and an onsite Starbucks.

Top Upcoming Holiday Events In Indy

Top Upcoming Holiday Events in Indy

The holidays are a special time in Indianapolis, with plenty of fun and festive events taking place throughout the season. To help you start planning your holiday plans, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite Indianapolis holiday events below.

Indy locals always look forward to the Circle of Lights, when Monument Circle’s 284-foot Soldiers and Sailors Monument is transformed into a giant Christmas tree with more than 5,000 twinkling lights. The annual lighting ceremony takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving, with a local child chosen to flip the switch with a little extra help from Santa and the mayor. The Circle of Lights also includes a show stage with Santa’s Workshop, oversized toy soldiers, live entertainment and other fun festivities followed by a fireworks show.

Another popular annual event is the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show, which includes close to five acres of fun, silly and unique holiday gifts – with many items falling below $20. You’ll find more than 350 exhibitors showcasing everything from books and jewelry to sports memorabilia, collectibles, and home décor. The show also features live entertainment, giveaways, celebrity appearances and more. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show.

Hosted by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Jolly Days Winter Wonderland lives up to its name with activities like the Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear, fun games, and “outdoor” fun at the Snow Castle and Ice Fishing holes. Another kid-friendly favorite is Christmas at the Zoo, an annual event at the Indianapolis Zoo with special activities, twinkling holiday lights, Santa’s Workshop, traditional carolers, rides, and so much more.

All aboard for the Eiteljorg Museum’s annual Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, where visitors can explore a locomotive wonderland featuring nine working model trains that wind past downtown Indy landmarks, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, Union Station, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Stadium. The trains continue their journey through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites like Mt. Rushmore, Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Hoover Dam and more.

Kick Back at Our Downtown Indy Hotel

After exploring the multiple holiday events Indy has to offer, unwind at a hotel near the center of it all. Located in the heart of Circle City, JW Marriott Indianapolis boasts luxury accommodations across over 1,000 guest rooms. Travelers will enjoy world class amenities like exceptional dining at Osteria Pronto and High Velocity along with our ideal location near all of downtowns most popular attractions. Rest up after a weekend of holiday events at JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Best Hotel in Indiana

Condé Nast Traveler Readers have Spoken … Again

Condé Nast Traveler has released another list of fan favorites from the 2016 Readers Choice Awards. This time revealing the Best Hotel or Resort in Every State with the JW Marriott Indianapolis taking the top spot for Indiana!

In addition to this honor the JW Marriott Indianapolis has also been crowned:

  • #1 Hotel in America’s Midwest
    No other Midwest city had more hotels on this list than Indy
  • #5 Best Hotel in the U.S.
    The only hotel in Indy on the list and one of only 3 in the Midwest
  • #25 Best Hotel in the World
    Rounding out the top half of the list beating out some incredible hotels in exotic locales

These awards are an amazing honor and we have YOU to thank. Without clients and planners like you casting your vote, we wouldn’t be here today.


2017 Concerts in Indianapolis

Until the end of 2017, Indianapolis is home to some of the best concerts around. The summer and fall seasons in Indy offer ideal outdoor conditions, with overnight lows in the mid-60’s.

It would be impossible to list every concert that will be in the area, so we’ve narrowed the list down to the best of the bunch and ordered it by venue, date, and proximity to JW Marriott Indianapolis.

Indy has always been a great place to catch live music, but this year’s concerts are not-to-be-missed!

For a full list of all Indy concerts, visit

Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
801 W. Washington St. – walking distance
07/09 – Third Eye Blind—Summer Gods Tour with Silversun Pickups

07/19 – Tedeschi Trucks Band & The Wood Brothers

07/22 – Umphrey’s McGee

07/25 – Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips

08/02 – Retro Futura

08/04 – Maddie and Tae

08/10 – Pentatonix

08/16 – Gov’t Mule & Galactic

08/19 – Logic & Joey Bada$$

08/30 – Lifehouse & Switchfoot

09/19 – The Flaming Lips & Mac DeMarco

Lucas Oil Stadium
Direct Access Via Skywalk – walking distance
09/10 – U2 & Beck

11/11 – Bands of America

Bankers Life Fieldhouse
125 E. Georgia St. – walking distance
08/13 – Bruno Mars

09/10 – Ed Sheeran

09/20 – The Weeknd & Gucci Mane

11/03 – Billy Joel

11/05 – Lady Gaga

11/26 – Janet Jackson

12/09 – Katy Perry

Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
07/15 – Young Dolph

07/29 – Tim Hawkins

08/04 – Idina Menzel

08/05 – Mary J. Blige & Lalah Hathaway

08/09 – Sabrina Carpenter

08/28 – Donald Fagen

10/05 – Boz Scaggs

10/18 – Queens of The Stone Age & Royal Blood

10/21 – Alt-J

11/04 – Ben Folds

11/08 – Needtobreathe

12/16-12/17 – Straight No Chaser

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
W. 16th St. – 4.6 miles
07/21-07/22 – 400 Fest (Featuring The Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, Mac Miller, and more)

Clowes Memorial Hall
4602 Sunset Ave. – 5.5 miles
09/14 – Seu Jorge

09/15 – Mike Birbiglia

09/21 – ZZ Top

11/08 – The King’s Singers

11/19 – John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring

12/12 – The Ten Tenors

12/14 – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Stay Near the Best Concerts in Town

JW Marriott is the perfect accommodation for all your favorite concerts in Indy this year. Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, our hotel makes it easy to get around on foot. Enjoy top area attractions, all within walking distance.

We Offer –

  • A variety of onsite dining options, from formal to casual, perfect for any occasion.
  • 1,005 elegant guest rooms and suites
  • Fitness center, open 24/7, and heated indoor pool
  • And much more!
Catch an Indians Baseball Game this Season

Catch an Indians Baseball Game this Season

If you’re staying at our hotel near Victory Field, now is the perfect time to see the Indianapolis Indians in action. JW Marriott has partnered with the Indianapolis Indians to receive $4 off the gate price on Box, Reserved and Lawn seat tickets for any 2017 home game when purchasing online and using your promo code: jw. Whether you’re with friends or family, watching a game at this celebrated ballpark is a fun activity people of all ages can enjoy.

Indy Indians 2017 Season
April – September

Class Level and Affiliations –

  • Minor league baseball team in the International League
  • Triple-A affiliate of the Major League Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates

Individual Game Tickets –

  • $10 – $17
  • Free admission for kids 2 and under

Group Seating –

  • Large or small groups can choose from a variety of seating options
  • Discounted tickets – up to $4 off per person
  • Options include block seating, spacious picnic areas, luxury suites and more

Coors Light Cove –

  • Fans 21 and over can enjoy the private concourse level area close to the field
  • Open seating at the bar, pub tables, or drink rails
  • Enjoy wait service for food and drinks
  • Specialty menu includes craft beer, wine, and spirits
  • Cost: $38 (includes $10 food and beverage voucher)

Picnic in the Park
With two outfield picnic pavilions, Victory Field is the perfect place for a family outing or group event.

Corona Light Beach –

  • For groups of 100+
  • Enjoy exclusive outdoor dining while watching the game
  • Cost: $18 per person, plus game ticket

Elements Financial Picnic Area –

  • Groups of 50 to 1,000+
  • Buffet includes BBQ favorites like hamburgers, hotdogs, side dishes, sodas, and draft beer.
  • Cost: $18 per person, plus game ticket

Daily Deals

  • Monday – Dollar Menu
  • Two-For-One Tuesday
  • Wednesday – Day Games
  • Thursday – Craft Beer Night
  • Friday – Fireworks
  • Signature Saturdays
  • Kids Eat Free Sundays

Super Hero Nights
Meet the Marvel superheroes at Victory Field this summer!

  • Indy Indians wear themed jerseys
  • After the game, jerseys are auctioned off to raise money for non-profits
  • First 2,500 fans receive a DC Comics cape or Marvel bobblehead
  • Upcoming Dates –

July 1 – Marvel Captain America Appearance

July 29 – Marvel Thor Appearance

August 12 – DC Comics Batman and Robin Appearance

Victory Field Facts

Indy’s minor league baseball team may be the second oldest minor league franchise in the US, but their stadium, Victory Field, is hailed as the jewel of the minors.

Fun Facts About Victory Field
Accolades –

  • Victory Field was named “Best Minor League Ballpark in America” by Sports Illustrated and Baseball America

A New Standard in Minor League Ballparks –

  • Before Victory Field opened, minor league ballparks generally ranked low in terms of overall experience. All this changed when Indy’s 14,200-seat ballpark opened in 1996, complete with concourses, 29 luxury suites, spacious picnic pavilions, and entertainment areas.

Prime Downtown Location –

  • Victory Field is part of White River State Park. There’s also a zoo, many museums, and tons of other fun attractions nearby, all within walking distance.

Our Hotel Near Victory Field

JW Marriott Indianapolis is conveniently connected to the Indiana Convention Center and only steps from White River State Park and Victory Field. Walking to the ballpark takes about 5 minutes.

As one of the 10 best hotels in the US, our wide range of amenities and chic, spacious accommodations will meet your every need.

Plan your Victory Field trip today and ask about select rooms that offer an excellent view of the field.

Labor Day Weekend in Indy

You work hard all year, which makes precious time off all the sweeter. Labor Day weekend in Indy is the perfect place to celebrate summer’s end with great food, a festival, the arts, good wine, and tons of fun for all ages.

Stay Steps to Labor Day Events

The JW Marriott Indianapolis is located in the heart of downtown, near countless places to spend an entire day and get lost in amusement. All the best Indy Labor Day events are just steps from our front door.

Top 10 Indy Labor Day Events:

  1. Indy LaborFest – Downtown Indianapolis transforms into a huge, admission-free, street festival on Saturday, September 2nd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with food, live bands, a beer zone, and even a kid’s zone with bounce houses, slides, games, face painting, and a zip line. Last year, there were 20,000 people in attendance!
  2. Groovin’ in the Garden – Island Breeze: If enjoying live tropical music with excellent wine to sip, taste and revel in sounds more your speed, relax your Labor Day weekend cares away at Easley Winery from 2 – 5 p.m. Seating is limited. Order food from local restaurants or pack a picnic. Located at 205 N. College Ave., Indianapolis (317)636-4516
  3. Haunted Indian Downtown Ghost Walk – On September 2nd, at 8:30 p.m., take a wild tour. Visit the “wicked backlife of Indianapolis,” including “haunted theatres, businesses, and other areas where the living chose to become dead and walk forever.” Ghosts! The tour lasts nearly 2 hours and will begin on the north side of Monument Circle. Tickets: $18 adults; children/seniors (65+) – $15. Phone (317)232-7615
  4. Garfield Alive – Historic Walk Through Garfield Park – On September 3rd at 4 p.m., enjoy an hour-long beautiful tour. Meet at Sunken Gardens Overlook. 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis
  5. San Francisco Deltas FC vs. Indy Eleven – Get your WNBA ticket to the final game of Indiana’s season on September 2nd at 7 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and root for your favorite women’s basketball team. Tickets from $13.
  6. Devour Indy – From August 21st – September 3rd, there’s a fantastic foodie event. Pick from any of 300 superb restaurants in Indianapolis and take advantage of a rare, three-course, value-priced meal. Our award-winning, Italian “Osteria Pronto” is participating and so is our more casual, “High Velocity.”
  7. Cabaret – Mandy Gonzalez currently stars in the hottest show on Broadway: Hamilton. She previously starred in The Heights, and also played Elphaba in Wicked. Enjoy an evening of incredible vocals featuring classic Broadway tunes and the Standards on August 31st or September 1st at 8 p.m. (317)639-4534
  8. Hoosier Salon 2017 Annual Exhibition – Presenting the best of Indiana’s artists at Indiana State Museum, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Sundays at 11 a.m.
  9. Indianapolis Zoo – Nearby, the incredible Zoo has many exhibits, including the Butterfly Kaleidoscope. 1200 W. Washington St.;
  10. Pampering – Take advantage of our 24-hour room service, sumptuous bedding, indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, Starbucks, superb Osteria Pronto, High Velocity Sports Bar, and much more.
Indy’s 4th of July Fireworks

Indy’s 4th of July Fireworks

There is no better place to celebrate our country’s Independence Day than Downtown Indianapolis. Filled with history and vibrancy, downtown Indy is home to more than 50 major attractions, many of which are hosting 4th of July events. There are also numerous parades and festivals to choose from, all featuring live music, great food and family-friendly activities.

Indianapolis Indians Independence Day Celebration: Celebrate 4th of July with the Indians at Victory Field. Enjoy downtown Indy’s annual Freedom Blast and the post-game fireworks that can be seen right from our hotel and the downtown area. Coaches and players will be auctioning off their special Stars & Stripes jerseys with proceeds benefitting the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund. Spend the day with family enjoying America’s favorite past-time while supporting an amazing cause.

Whatever you decide to do for the 4th of July holiday, you will appreciate the JW Marriott Indianapolis’s luxurious rooms and stellar downtown location, just minutes from all the action. Check out our latest packages, including our Stay Longer offer where guests save more on each night the longer they stay! Join us this year in Indy and enjoy all the festivities and fireworks downtown has to offer.

Fourth of July Events

If you are visiting Indianapolis for the first time, we’ve compiled some of the city’s most popular 4th of July events, including the best places to watch fireworks in Downtown Indy.

    • Metazoa Brewing CO July 4th Block Party Bring the whole family (including pets!) to the Metazoa July 4th Block Party and enjoy live music from the outdoor stage, specialty beers on tap all day, delicious food, and perfect Downtown views for the fireworks. Tickets are on sale now for $15 and under, doors open at 2pm.


    • CarmelFest Each year, family and friends gather to watch live performances by local bands, emerging artists and a “Guitars and Stars” tribute. There are rides, games and petting zoo that kids can enjoy. The highlights of this event are the ‘CarmelFest Has Talent,’ an annual statewide talent competition and the fireworks celebration.


    • Concerts on the Canal Take a seat on the grass at the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace and show your patriotism as the Indianapolis Municipal Band and Tad Robinson perform American-themed songs. You can bring your own food, but alcohol must be purchased onsite.


    • Covington 4th of July Celebration Enjoy a parade of patriotic floats and characters, along with a variety of delicious fair food from lemon shakeups to rib-eye sandwiches. The fireworks start at 10 pm.


    • Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast The area’s biggest fireworks show, Downtown Freedom Blast, can be seen from the Indiana War Memorial grounds late into the night. The event begins at 6:30 pm and fireworks will be launched from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 pm. You can tune your radio to B105.7, 97.1 Hank FM, or 93.1 WIBC for the official fireworks soundtrack.


    • Geist Blast on the BridgeAfter a day of parades and festivals, head over to the Geist Reservoir to watch fireworks sparkle over the water from the bridge.


    • Hats, Hounds and Hooves Polo Match Put on your best fancy hat and bring a picnic basket to watch a game of polo at the Hickory Hall Polo Club in nearby Whitestown. There’s also a hat contest at halftime. The gates open at 5pm and the match begins at 6pm. Admission is $20 per carload (cash only).


    • Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Bring your blanket and relax on the lawn as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests perform as part of the traditional Marsh Symphony on the Prairie. You can bring your own food and beverage or purchase from the concessions onsite.


IUPUI Move-In Week

Move in Week at IUPUI

Whether you are a new student, transferring from another school, or finishing your last year at IUPUI, moving on campus is a big deal. There are events planned during move-in week to help you start the year of right.

Opening Day Celebration

On the first day, students are invited to participate in the Opening Day Celebration, which features a New Student Welcome Dinner and a men’s soccer game. There is also the Barnes and Noble VIP Experience in the evening that is filled with fun activities, a movie in the theater, free snacks, giveaways, and a VIP shopping opportunity at Barnes and Nobles.

Social Media Scavenger Hunt & Playfair

The Social Media Scavenger Hunt and Playfair are great social and networking events where you can make new friends and catch up with old ones. Get all the information you need regarding class schedules, curfews, library access and more at the Team IUPUI Tables or the Multicultural Center Open House. There will be well-informed students there all day to answer all your questions.

Go Greek! Info Night

If you are thinking about pledging to one of the 22 fraternities and sororities, the Go Greek! Information Night and the Meet and Greek BBQ is where you want to be. Meet members and learn more about the Greek life, including the benefits and expectations of being a member. There will be free lunch at the BBQ. For students looking for part-time work or opportunities to study abroad, there will be a Study Abroad and Job Fair. Both events start at the same time and will be held on the Taylor Courtyard. You can easily go from one table to the other.

Not only are all the ‘Weeks of Welcome’ activities informative and helpful, but they are also a fun escape from the stress of moving and settling in. You will also have an easier time familiarizing yourself with the campus and meeting new people. For a complete list of all the events, dates and times, go on the student affairs page on the IUPUI website.

Tips for Moving to IUPUI

Find out the size of your room and what is already in there to avoid packing unnecessary items, like furniture and portable closets. Print out the list of what to bring from the housing page of the university’s website. Check your university email periodically for move-in details and roommate information.

If your family is traveling to town to help you settle in, it’s important to book your lodging well ahead of time. The JW Marriott Indianapolis hotel is conveniently walking distance from the IUPUI campus. Our guest rooms and suites are spacious and offer a variety of accommodations like 24-hour room service and high-speed Internet access.

Your family can enjoy dining at our two distinct restaurants, High Velocity and Osteria Pronto, and spending their downtime at our indoor pool or exploring the numerous downtown attractions within walking distance of the hotel – including the Eiteljorg Museum, Circle Centre Mall, the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park.

Take advantage of our Breakfast Package to enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations and complimentary breakfast, or choose the Shopper’s Indulgence Package, which includes breakfast and $25 Simon Mall gift card. Whatever your family needs to experience a smooth transition, JW Marriott Indianapolis is here to make your visit refreshing and comfortable.

Experience the Greatest City in Racing

Experience the Greatest City in Racing from the Best Hotel in the Midwest!

The JW Marriott Indianapolis to Celebrate ‘Greatest City in Racing” with Huge Indy 500 Message

The Indianapolis skyline will again celebrate the Month of May and the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, with a JW Marriott façade installation greeting residents and visitors from across the globe with a special, larger-than-life message.

The 101st Running logo will be presented alongside a message that celebrates the iconic race and the city it calls home: ”The Greatest CITY in Racing.” The graphic will also feature the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series logos.

Work on the exciting project, part of the recently unveiled 500 Forward initiative, begins today. It will be completed by Indianapolis-based Sport Graphics.

“Indianapolis is known around the world as among the very best hosts for major sporting events, and that all began more than a century ago with the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race,” Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton said. “So this year’s design plays off that concept, celebrating the important role the Indianapolis community has played—and continues to play each year—in the success of the world’s largest single-day sporting event.”

IMS President Doug Boles, Sport Graphics CEO Frank Hancock and JW Marriott Indianapolis General Manager Phil Ray joined Melangton in rising above the city to help install the first panels of the huge graphic this afternoon.

This year’s design covers approximately 18,500 square feet and is more than eight stories tall. The top of the graphic is 325 feet off the ground, and the vinyl decal weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

Last year, to celebrate the 100th Running, the JW Marriott Indianapolis featured a large-scale graphic of the Borg-Warner Trophy. The hotel’s gleaming blue windows are reserved for just the biggest sporting occasions, with only the 2012 Super Bowl and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four receiving similar treatment.

This year’s graphic on the JW Marriott Indianapolis will be complemented by a significant décor takeover across Central Indiana, including a major presence downtown and at the Indianapolis International Airport. Stay tuned for more information on these efforts.

The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will take place Sunday, May 28. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information on the complete Month or May schedule at IMS.

Check out photos from the day!

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