Strong lineup of events planned for the Circle City in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 8, 2016) — With more big events planned for the 2016 calendar, LuxeAdventureTraveler.com is ranking Indianapolis 12th on the list of destinations to visit in 2016.

“There’s no question, the biggest event of 2016 is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500," said Bob Schultz, Senior VP of Marketing and Events for Downtown Indy.

"We are known worldwide for motorsports," Schultz said.

Representatives from Visit Indy say there's a lot to look forward to in 2016 -- here's a list of some of the highlights:

JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals
Jan. 15-17
ICC
More than 400 cheer teams from 30 states make it one of the largest elite cheer competitions in the country

Monster Jam
Jan. 30
Lucas Oil Stadium
See the biggest and baddest trucks compete in this all-out production; tickets as low as $15

Big Ten Men's Basketball
Mar. 9-13
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Favorite local teams and elite college hoops return to Indy to vie for a banner and a spot in the March Madness bracket

Nike Mideast Qualifier (girls youth volleyball)
Mar. 18-20
ICC
The Indiana Convention Center will transform into more than 100 volleyball courts for girls 12-18 to compete, while coaches and scouts look for their next all stars

NCAA Women's Final Four
Apr. 3-5
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
For the first time, all three divisions of NCAA women's basketball will compete in the same city for the title of national champions

FDIC International
Apr. 18-23
ICC & Lucas Oil Stadium
Firefighting leaders from more than 50 countries will return once again to Indianapolis for the latest in technology and training

40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon
May 7
Downtown Indianapolis
Celebrate 40 years of one of the country's largest half marathons by participating or cheering on the more than 40,000 runners, walkers, and joggers

100th Running of the Indy 500
May 29
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indy 500 is turning 100, and it's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration in the Circle City, with concerts, parties, parades, and traditions bigger and better than ever

USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships
June 24-July 3
ICC
The biggest girls youth volleyball event of the year will make its way to Indy for an action-packed week in the Convention Center

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
July 7-17
This 46th annual event will bring concerts, networking, history, exhibits, special events, and more back to the Circle City

Gen Con
Aug. 4-7
ICC and Lucas Oil Stadium
The "best four days in gaming" that everyone in the city looks forward to - with more than 13,000 unique gaming events and costumes galore

Drum Corp International World Championships
Aug. 10-13
ICC and Lucas Oil Stadium
Marching Music's Major Leagues return to Lucas Oil for a theatrical, energy-filled show you don't want to miss

Mustang Club of America
Sept. 1-4
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
National event is expected to draw up to 1,000 Ford Mustangs

BMW Championships
Sept. 5-11
Crooked Stick GC
The world's best golfers return to Crooked Stick to compete for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup

Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Oct. 2
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The world's most elite pilots will take to the skies above IMS in the inaugural air race, displaying amazing feats of competition and innovation

National FFA
Oct. 19-22
ICC and Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis-based National FFA returns to Indy for the next nine years, bringing 60,000 future leaders in agriculture and food production, as well as the world's leading ag companies

Music For All Bands of America Grand Nationals
Nov. 9-12
ICC and Lucas Oil Stadium
The country's best high school marching bands compete in Lucas Oil Stadium in a spectacular presentation of music and pageantry

Big Ten Football Championship
Dec. 3
Lucas Oil Stadium
The annual event Big Ten students and alums look forward to - Leaders vs. Legends division champions compete for the Big Ten title

Performance Racing Industry
Dec. 8-10
ICC and Lucas Oil Stadium
As the home of racing, Indianapolis proudly hosts the industry's leading trade show

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