A business is only as good as its employees, and the Indianapolis region has a skilled and diverse work force energized by the outstanding quality of life. Indianapolis, the nation’s 13th-largest city, lies at the heart of the Region. Indy offers the bustling urban lifestyle and the sophistication and amenities that so many top young workers in the new economy find attractive, even necessary, when considering where to take a job. “Downtown is the Region’s focal point. A $3 billion development pipeline, robust corporate center and extraordinary package of cultural and entertainment amenities contribute to downtown Indianapolis’ unparalleled revitalization,” said Tamara Zahn, former president, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. And the best is getting better.
The world champion Indianapolis Colts have a world-class home--Lucas Oil Stadium, which opened in the fall of 2008. Seating up to 70,000, the fieldhouse-style building has a retractable roof and spectacular views of the downtown skyline through a wall of windows. Lucas Oil Stadium was the home of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
In addition to being the home of the Indianapolis Colts, the stadium plays host to the Circle City Classic, one of America’s favorite weekend celebrations that features some of the best football rivalries among historically black colleges and universities. But there’s more to this $675 million facility than football. In 2010, Lucas Oil Stadium began hosting the NCAA Men’s Final Four and will continue to do so once every five years until at least 2039--with other NCAA championship games and events in the in-between years.
As the new stadium went up, the RCA Dome came down, paving the way for a major expansion of the adjacent Indianapolis Convention Center. Completed in 2010, the expansion increased the available convention space by nearly two-thirds, to roughly 1.2 million square feet, including 747,000 square feet of exhibition space. The new convention center is connected to Lucas Oil Stadium, adding even more space for our expanding tourism industry.
And visitors who fly into Indy, for business or basketball, will have a bird’s eye view of the city not only from the plane, but also from the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal, which opened in November 2008. Civic Plaza--the terminal’s main atrium--features a 200-foot diameter skylight and a wall of glass offering a spectacular view of the Indianapolis skyline. The circular plaza, inspired by the city’s renowned Monument Circle, houses food service, retail and security, along with public art displays.
Just 16 minutes from downtown Indy, the midfield terminal, with 96 counter positions, 40 gates and easy access from I-70, speeds business and pleasure travelers to and from their destinations.