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Visit Indy

Indianapolis offers the most connected meetings package in the country, with 4,700 hotel rooms connected to 749,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. This vibrant destination is conveniently located within a day's drive of half of the U.S. population and features a walkable downtown with hundreds of options for networking and entertainment. A glimmering canal, 250 acres of greenspace, internationally-acclaimed Cultural Trail, and award winning cuisine are just a few of the surprises waiting in Indy.

Visit Indy

Indianapolis was strategically designed to accommodate major conventions and events, and a recent $3 billion investment in tourism-related infrastructure has propelled the city into a world-class destination. Premier venue offerings and Hoosier hospitality produce first-rate meetings in Indy.

Beyond the infrastructure of the most connected and convenient meetings package in the country is a vibrant and walkable downtown with plenty of options for networking and entertainment. The city remains activated long after 5:00 pm, ensuring a great attendee experience.

Although best known as a sports-lover’s dream and for the iconic motor speedway, Indy offers so much more. Over 250 diverse restaurants, 80 bars and clubs, and 50 major attractions are within walking distance of downtown hotels, including a glimmering canal walk, a top-10 zoo, one-of-a-kind museums, and 250 acres of urban green space in White River State Park. The new $63 million, 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail connects bicyclists and pedestrians to hotels, restaurants, attractions, and eclectic cultural districts with boutiques, nightlife, art galleries, and live music. The city also boasts world-class cultural institutions and performing arts, Robert Indiana’s original LOVE sculpture, the world’s largest children’s museum, and an array of unique shopping options. The world’s spiciest dish and James Beard Award-winning cuisine can also be found in this safe and friendly city.

We are excited to share our dynamic city with you, where everything you and your attendees need is just steps away.


  • Indiana Convention Center

    Indianapolis offers the most connected meetings package out there. The Indiana Convention Center is connected via climate-controlled skywalks to a four-story mall and 4,700 hotel rooms – that’s more hotel rooms than any other city in the country! And over 250 restaurants and 50 major attractions are just steps away.

    The $275 million expansion of the center in 2011 nearly doubled it in size to offer 566,600 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space in 11 halls plus 71 meeting rooms, 49 loading docks, and three ballrooms. The Sagamore Ballroom features 33,335 sq. ft. of column-free space, sophisticated acoustics, and theater-style seating for 3,400.

    Indiana Convention Center
  • Lucas Oil Stadium

    Lucas Oil Stadium, home of Super Bowl 2012, is a multi-functional venue with limitless possibilities in the heart of the city. Unique and memorable spaces abound in this facility that is easily accessible by foot from downtown hotels. The stadium offers 183,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, 11 loading docks, 12 meeting rooms, a retractable roof that can be closed in 15 minutes, and seating for 63,000. The stadium is also connected to the Indiana Convention Center by a climate-controlled walkway. This connectivity is the hallmark of the Indianapolis experience.

    Lucas Oil Stadium
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    The newly transformed Georgia Street, a pedestrian-friendly and European-style promenade, connects retro-style Bankers Life Fieldhouse to the Indiana Convention Center. Sports Business Journal named it the finest basketball venue in the country, and Ultimate Sports Road Trip named it ‘best of the best’ of venues housing major professional sports franchises.

    The Fieldhouse can be utilized year-round by events ranging from concerts to rodeos with audiences in excess of 18,000. Additional smaller venues in the building are well-suited for more intimate gatherings.

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds

    With more than 250 acres, 1 million square feet of event space, and 17 distinct buildings, the Indiana State Fairgrounds has ample space and secure parking as well as unique offerings to make your event memorable. Whether displaying railroad treasures, hosting an agricultural group, or showing the year’s hottest trends in home and garden, the Fairgrounds will exceed your and your attendee’s expectations. From the Blue Ribbon Pavilion which is ideal for large consumer shows to a 1.5-mile track and 8,200-seat Coliseum, there is a venue for every occasion.

    Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • JW Marriott & Marriott Place Complex

    The innovative Marriott Place opened in 2011 connected to the convention center and anchored by the world's largest JW Marriott - a 1,005-room hotel boasting 104,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Attached to the JW Marriott are Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and SpringHill Suites, offering visitors various service level and price-point options. Indianapolis Marriott Downtown features 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 622 restyled guestrooms.

    JW Marriott & Marriott Place Complex
  • Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station

    The historic Crowne Plaza at America’s first Union Station will receive an $8 million overhaul in 2013 to upgrade guest rooms, meeting space and dining outlets. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 273-room property is connected to the convention center and is known for its authentic Pullman train car rooms resting on original tracks.

    Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station
  • Westin Indianapolis

    Connected to the convention center, this 573-room hotel offers 39,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and one of the city's top restaurants, Shula's Steak House.

    Westin Indianapolis
  • Hyatt Regency

    The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis completed a $20 million transformation in 2012 that updated 499 guestrooms and suites and completely redesigned their revolving rooftop restaurant, The Eagle’s Nest - awarded Top 50 “Most Scenic View and Most Romantic Restaurant” in the United States by OpenTable. The renovation is the most extensive in the 35-year history of the city’s first premier downtown conference and event hotel.

    Hyatt Regency
  • Hilton Indianapolis Downtown

    The Hilton downtown offers 28,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, spacious guest rooms and board rooms on nearly every floor.

    Hilton Indianapolis Downtown
  • Embassy Suites

    Embassy Suites features 24,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and two-room suites connected to the convention center with direct access to Circle Centre mall.

    Embassy Suites
  • Omni Severin Hotel

    The four-diamond Omni Severin will complete a $15 million renovation to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. The first phase updated guest rooms and meeting space, and the latest phase invests in the lobby and three new dining options. The swanky Severin Bar offers finely crafted cocktails and local brews, 1913 Restaurant serves rustic, farm-to-table fare showcasing the foods of yesteryear from the farms of today, and Wine Thief – a sophisticated bar featuring small plates and fine wines.

    Omni Severin Hotel
  • Columbia Club

    This historic property on Monument Circle has 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 97 guest rooms.

    Columbia Club
  • Sheraton City Centre

    This property overlooks Monument Circle with 378 rooms, 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a rooftop pool.

    Sheraton City Centre
  • The Alexander

    In the heart of Indy's newest downtown neighborhood, CityWay, is The Alexander, a luxury conference center hotel designed like an art museum. Dolce's $44 million property opened January 2013 as an IACC hotel seeking LEED-Silver certification. Over $2 million in contemporary art and 12 site-specific installations are displayed throughout the property, which has 209 guest rooms and 16,500 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. 

    The Alexander
  • Conrad Indianapolis

    The luxurious Conrad Indianapolis will receive its first internal facelift of $1 million in 2013, updating furnishings and décor. The property features 243 elegant guestrooms, an exquisite Gallery Suite, 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, Evan Todd Spa and Salon, Tastings wine bar, and Capital Grille. The hotel also displays fine art by Picasso, Dali and more.

    Conrad Indianapolis