Expanded Indiana Convention Center Plans Jan. 20 Grand Opening

The Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis will officially debut its long-awaited expansion during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 20, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority (ISCBA) announced last month.

The ceremony, which will take place at the facility's new entrance — a three-story glass "cube" — will take place at 10 a.m. and will be followed by an open house for the public from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. In attendance will be ISCBA Chairman David R. Frick, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association (ICVA) President Don Welsh.

"We're excited to invite Hoosiers to the expanded Indiana Convention Center on Jan. 20 to celebrate the opening of Indianapolis' latest jewel," said Frick, who'll preside over the grand opening ceremony. "The expansion will enhance the reputation of our state and city as a world-class leader for conventions, trade shows, meetings, and sporting and other special events."

The expansion adds 254,000 square feet of exhibit space, 63,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 103,000 square feet of pre-function space to the Indiana Convention Center, which now boasts 566,600 square feet of exhibit space, plus 83 meeting and ballroom space — including the 33,335-square-foot Sagamore Ballroom.

The expanded facility also features indoor, climate-controlled links to Lucas Oil Stadium, both at street level and underground, and skywalks to 4,700 hotel rooms — more than any other convention center in the nation.

Combined with Lucas Oil Stadium, the convention center now offers over 1.2 million square feet of space for meetings, up from 725,000 square feet before the expansion.

According to ISCBA, the expansion moves Indianapolis from 33rd to 16th place among America's major convention cities in exhibit space available, and now allows the city to compete with cities such as Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Orlando.