Big Ten basketball and spring break fun in Downtown Indy!
Article by Jennifer Hanson
Staying in town this spring break? Downtown Indianapolis has so much to do that it’s a slam dunk!
Downtown transforms into every basketball fan’s fantasy with the Big Ten Women’s & Men’s Basketball Tournaments. March 1 – 11 is jam-packed with opportunities to cheer on your favorite teams. No ticket, no problem! With more than 260 restaurants and bars and several fan events, Downtown is the place to catch the action. Use this information as your guide to optimize your basketball experience Downtown.
March 4, 2 p.m. FREE – Big Ten Women’s Basketball Pep Rally (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)Basketball fans are invited to come Downtown early and fire-up inside the Fieldhouse entry pavilion. Don’t miss band and cheerleader performances, complimentary popcorn and face painting! March 9, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. FREE – Big Ten Conference Career Expo (Union Station) The event pairs the talents of Big Ten students and alumni with the staffing needs of elite and industry-leading employers. Full-time jobs and internships will be available. March 11o 11 a.m. – Big Ten Hoops Day 5K (begins and ends at Bankers Life Fieldhouse)Start championship Sunday with a lap around Downtown! Don’t forget to wear your school colors! For the competitive and the casual runners, the first 2,000 participants will receive a Nike long sleeve event T-shirt. o 1:30 p.m. – Big Ten Men’s Basketball Pep Rally FREE (outside Bankers Life Fieldhouse)Men’s basketball fans are invited to come Downtown early and prepare for the championship game. Don’t miss the band and cheerleader performances, complimentary popcorn, face painting and autograph sessions.
Big Ten University restaurant pairingsDowntown restaurants have paired up with Big Ten teams to make celebrating with like-minded fans easy!Illinois – The Ram (140 S. Illinois; 955.9900)Indiana – Kilroy’s Bar & Grill (201 S. Meridian St.; 638.9464)Iowa – Weber Grill (10 N. Illinois St.; 636.7600)Michigan – O’Reilly’s Irish Bar and Restaurant (36 S. Pennsylvania; 974.0674)Michigan State – The Slippery Noodle Inn (372 S. Meridian; 631.6974)Minnesota – Rock Bottom Brewery (10 W. Washington St.; 681.8180)Nebraska – Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant (350 W. Maryland St.; 405.6111)Northwestern – Buffalo Wings & Rings (111 W. Maryland St.; 822.8400)Ohio State – Champps Americana (49 W. Maryland St.; Circle Centre Mall; 951.0033)Penn State – Harry & Izzy’s (153 S. Illinois; 635.9594)Purdue – Scotty’s Brewhouse (1 Virginia Ave.; 571.0808)Wisconsin – Buffalo Wild Wings (7 E. Washington; 951.9464)
If you haven’t visited the Indianapolis Colts Grille yet, now is the time! It is the official home of the Big Ten Conference. Enter for a chance to win $ 10,000 with FREE submission into the Grille’s bracket challenge.
Big Ten basketball session schedules:March 1 – 4 – Women’s (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) Session 1: March 1, 11:30 a.m. Session 2: March 1, 6 p.m. Session 3: March 2, 11:30 a.m.Session 4: March 2, 6 p.m.Session 5: March 3, 5 p.m.Session 6 (Championship): March 4, 4 p.m.
March 8 -11 – Men’s (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)Session 1: March 8, 2:30 p.m. Session 2: March 8, 5:30 p.m. Session 3: March 9, noon Session 4: March 9, 6:30 p.m. Session 5: March 10, 1:40 p.m.Session 6 (Championship): March 11, 3:30 p.m.
Spring broke?Forget the over-planned, over-priced and overly-stressful traditional vacations and enjoy a vacation Downtown. You can still find plenty to do without breaking the bank! Let your little animals run wild at the Indianapolis Zoo! Be transported from the dessert to the African tundra all in one day amidst the Zoo’s nearly 70 acres of animal biomes. Peel off your winter layers and stretch your legs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. 100 Acres includes woodlands to explore, meadows perfect for a picnic or game of Frisbee and a 35-acre lake! The Indiana State Museum invites you to race your derby car on the tallest, longest and fastest two-story, 126-foot Pinewood Derby track March 27 – April 1. The official race is March 31. FREE for participants! Clown around at the Indiana History Center on Circus Day March 31. Admission is FREE and game and refreshment tickets are 50 cents each. Be entertained by live performances, including acrobats and animals along with carnival games and activities like face painting. Have a budding fashionista? Stroll the shops of Mass Ave, Fountain Square and Circle Centre for the trendiest styles!
Kid-friendly eating options:Scotty’s Brewhouse – Kids eat FREE every Tuesday & SundayCalifornia Pizza Kitchen – Award-winning CPKids Menu is a popular favorite with childrenIndianapolis City Market- Affordable options with vendors catering to all palettes!For more options, visit http://www.indydt.com/search.cfm?menu=restaurant&lm=vd
Stimulating new exhibitsThe Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art will get your motor running when it presents the Steel Ponies exhibit opening March 10. The exhibit will feature more than 20 motorcycles including Evel Knievel’s bike he used in many of his famous jumps. LEGO? TRAVEL ADVENTURE invites families to use LEGO? bricks as a vehicle for imagination beginning March 10 at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Uncover past secrets of a newly-born country through an Indiana lens at the Science on the Edge: Radical Innovation in New Harmony exhibit coming to the Indiana State Museum March 24.
The show must go onEnjoy the performance of Peewinkle Meets Zeno March 1 – 10 at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. Peewinkle will teach the little alien Zeno all about the beautiful wonders of the earth at springtime. Are you ready to feel the beat? Kid-friendly The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert comes to the Old National Centre on March 14. Experience Indiana’s largest movie screen for the most engaging movie experience ever at the IMAX Theater. Check out the two new IMAX 3D films now playing: Rescue 3D through May 22 and Tornado Alley 3D through May 24.
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