SPG’s State Sports Guide to Indiana

Sports Indiana is a statewide effort dedicated to maintaining and strengthening Indiana’s deep sports traditions. The Hoosier State has been referred to as the birthplace of contemporary sport tourism, home to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the Amateur Sports Capital of the World. We have hosted hundreds of successful youth, collegiate, Olympic national and international championships across the state, and it would be our honor to host your event in Indiana.

Indiana communities are committed to being the best sports destinations in the country. Our venues span the spectrum from historic to state-of-the-art, so we can find the perfect space to fit your needs. No matter where you go in Indiana, you’ll find consistent, top-notch service from our community members and partners. In addition to experienced professionals, we possess that one invaluable resource – dedicated volunteers who cater to the needs of every participant and fan.

Our state is centrally located, so traveling to Indiana is convenient and affordable. We are within a day’s drive for most of the country, and we have several regional and international airports for those who are farther or prefer to fly. Once you arrive in Indiana, you may be surprised to find the terrain varies greatly across the state, from the beaches along Lake Michigan in the north to the rolling hills in southern Indiana. You’ll discover vibrant cities and quaint towns, boasting plenty of attractions for you to enjoy once the event has concluded.

For more information on the wide variety of sports-friendly communities, please visit sportsindiana.org or contact me directly at 317-237-5025. We are eager to help you in the planning process and look forward to sharing our Hoosier Hospitality with you.

Sincerely,
Shannon Sullivan
Sports Indiana

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We are home to the Indianapolis 500, the largest sporting event in the world. The NCAA, USA Gymnastics, USA Track & Field, and USA Diving are just a few of the governing bodies that also call Indiana home. We host Youth, Collegiate, Olympic National and International Championships across the State.

Since the 1970s when Indiana Sports Corp was created as the first – and now longest running – sports commission in the country, sports have been leveraged for community and economic development. From South Bend to Evansville and everywhere in between, Indiana communities are committed to being sports destinations, and they understand that success in staging events is a team effort.

It is in this spirit, that Sports Indiana was established. We are a collaboration of sports tourism professionals representing Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Sports Commissions, Parks & Recreation Departments, Sports Event Management organizations and more. Sports Indiana strives to grow sports tourism in the state by building partnerships, providing development opportunities, and sharing best practices. No matter where you host an event in Indiana, you’ll find consistent, top-notch service. You’ll also find dedicated volunteers and amazing venues spanning the spectrum from historic to state-of-the-art.

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Our warm people and welcoming places are what set us apart. Everywhere you go in Indiana, you’ll encounter a unique brand of hospitality that we proudly call Hoosier Hospitality.

Of course, sports traditions run deep in Indiana, too. The Hoosier State has been referred to as the birthplace of contemporary sport tourism, the Amateur Sports Capital of the World, home to the greatest spectacle in racing and more recently the Family Sports Capital of the World.

Our venues span the spectrum, from historic to state-of-the-art. Indiana communities are experts at hosting events. They have successfully hosted hundreds of major national, international and world championships over the years. They possess that one invaluable resource—dedicated volunteers who cater to the needs of every participant and fan. We embrace youth sport, too, and are proud of our track record for staging events that have positively impacted the lives of able-bodied and impaired athletes alike.

Indiana communities have made a commitment to being sports destinations and they understand that success in staging events is a team effort. Their understanding dates back to the 1970’s when Indianapolis established the world’s first municipal sports commission and modern sports tourism was born. Now, communities across Indiana and the world are benefiting from Indy’s original playbook.