Indiana Convention Center
|Indiana Convention Center|
Indiana Convention Center during Super Bowl XLVI festivities in 2012.
|Address||100 S. Capitol Ave.|
|Owner||Indiana Stadium & Convention Building Authority Marion County Convention and Recreational Facilities Authority|
|Operator||Capital Improvement Board of Managers|
|• Exhibit hall floor||566,600 square feet (50,000 m2) (11 halls)|
|• Breakout/meeting||113,302 square feet (11,000 m2) (71 rooms)|
|• Ballroom||62,173 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.
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. During the games, anti-Castro protestors mocked the Cuban boxers from the stands. The police were unable to stop the Cuban boxers from entering the stands and punching the protestors in retaliation. According to witnesses, up to a dozen Cuban boxers, including Pablo Romero, as well as a hundred spectators were involved. Two people were hospitalized.
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.
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. 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. 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.
The Indiana Convention Center has been the host to a large variety of meetings and conventions. These include:
- Gen Con
- FDIC International
- Indy PopCon
- Indiana Comic Con
- Big Ten Football Championship Game Fan Fest
- Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
- National FFA Convention 
- Performance Racing Industry Show
- Indianapolis Auto Show
- 1987 Pan American Games boxing competitions (1987)
- Star Wars Celebration II and III (2002 and 2005)
- USA Wrestling 2003 Senior World Team Trials (2003)
- NFL Experience (prior to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012)
- Bracket Town (for 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium)
- Final Four Fan Fest (for 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium)
- Tourney Town (for 2011 & 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four at Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
- Church of the Nazarene General Assembly (2013 and 2017)
- NFL Scouting Combine Experience (2017 and 2018)
- United Pentecostal Church International North American Youth Congress (2017)
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