In the past couple of decades Indianapolis has frequently been a destination for sports fans. The city made its first move into the sports “big time” when the Colts moved from Baltimore in 1984. The Indianapolis Colts played at the RCA Dome until moving into Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008.
Lucas Oil Stadium is the site of next weekend’s “Final Four” of the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. One of the teams participating in the 2010 Final Four is Butler University, located less than 10 miles north of downtown Indianapolis.
Of course, one of the most famous sites in auto racing is Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of the Indianapolis 500 since 1909. The race track is locate on the northwest side of town and you’ll find quite a few hotels near Indianapolis Motor Speedway in TheRealPlaces.com directory.
The Indiana Pacers of the NBA and the Indiana Fever of the WNBA play their home games at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
More sports facilities were built in Indianapolis in the 1980’s when the city was chosen to host the 1987 Pan American Games.
The AAA minor league baseball Indianapolis Indians have been in existence since 1902 and are currently the top minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. TheRealPlaces has a page of hotels near Victory Field, the downtown home stadium of the Indians since 1996.
The NCAA headquarters moved from Kansas City in 1999 and, later, the NCAA Hall of Champions – a museum dedicated to collegiate sports – was built next door.