Indiana Convention Center

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Indiana Convention Center
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Indiana Convention Center during Super Bowl XLVI festivities in 2012.
Address100 S. Capitol Ave.
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates39°45′55″N 86°9′45″W / 39.76528°N 86.16250°W / 39.76528; -86.16250Coordinates: 39°45′55″N 86°9′45″W / 39.76528°N 86.16250°W / 39.76528; -86.16250
OwnerIndiana Stadium & Convention Building Authority Marion County Convention and Recreational Facilities Authority
OperatorCapital Improvement Board of Managers
Enclosed space
 • Exhibit hall floor566,600 square feet (50,000 m2) (11 halls)
 • Breakout/meeting113,302 square feet (11,000 m2) (71 rooms)
 • Ballroom62,173 square feet (5,776.1 m2) (3 rooms)

The Indiana Convention Center is a major convention center located in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The original structure was completed in 1972 and has undergone multiple expansions. In total, there are 71 meeting rooms, 11 exhibit halls, and three multi-purpose ballrooms. The connected facilities of Lucas Oil Stadium offer an additional 183,000 square feet (20,000 m2) of exhibit space and 12 meeting rooms.[1]


Originally named the Indiana Convention-Exposition Center, the venue first opened in 1972. The first major expansion to the Indiana Convention Center was finished in 1984 concurrent with construction of the Hoosier Dome (later renamed the RCA Dome), to which it was connected. The combined cost was around $94.7 million.

The center was used as the site of the boxing events at the 1987 Pan American Games.

The most recent major expansion to the ICC was undertaken from 2008 to 2011. In the first phase of that expansion, Lucas Oil Stadium was constructed one block south of the RCA Dome. Opening in August 2008, the stadium covers approximately 1.8 million square feet.[2]

Upon completion of Lucas Oil Stadium, the RCA Dome was demolished. The iconic air-lifted dome was deflated and the implosion of the stadium was completed in December 2008.[2] A new two-story convention center building was then constructed on the site. An underground walkway along the west side of Capitol Avenue was also built to directly connect this new portion of the facility to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ratio Architects, Inc. was the lead architectural firm for the expansion, assisted by other Indiana companies, BSA LifeStructures, Blackburn Architects, and Domain Architecture Inc. Indianapolis-headquartered Shiel Sexton Co. Inc.[3] was the lead construction manager, in association with Powers & Sons Construction Company Inc.

In addition to its space, the Indiana Convention Center now possesses 49 loading docks, seven drive-in ramps and three food courts. It is also connected to over 4,700 downtown hotel rooms via skywalks.

Notable events[edit]

The Indiana Convention Center has been the host to a large variety of meetings and conventions. These include:

Annual Events

Past Events



  1. ^ "Indy Convention Planning Guide". Visit Indy. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "ISCBA: Home". Archived from the original on 2006-10-27.
  3. ^ "Shiel Sexton".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2006-10-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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