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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 16, 2016) – The Indianapolis International Airport Board announced plans to build a massive sports medicine complex at the site of an old terminal.

The developer, Athletes Business Network, is proposing to put in five buildings on 130 acres near High School Road. The facility would focus on traumatic brain injuries for soldiers and athletes.

“The fight doesn’t end when you come home it really is a new fight,” said Travis Barnes, owner of Hotel Tango Whiskey and a veteran.

Barnes does everything he can to hire disabled veterans.  He knows the adjustment from the battlefield can be difficult-- he served three tours in Iraq.

“It can be extremely frustrating especially when you have a traumatic brain injury or PTSD just sometimes just even getting to the facility can be a challenge for some of those veterans,” said Barnes.

The ABN Global Center for Brain Health will be the focus of the complex. Also included on the grounds would be offices geared towards sports medicine and orthopedics, a rehabilitation center and a transitional care facility.  Officials say the complex would be a global destination for treatment.

“This center would perform ground-breaking research and treatment for veterans, athletes and anyone in our community facing conditions such as concussions, PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and more,” said Angela Cain, with the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

The complex is expected to create 3,000 jobs.  Future plans also call for a hotel and a stadium. Construction is set to be completed in two phases and could start as soon as next year.

“The chance for the west side to benefit from this project or these projects is tremendous. It could really elevate this side of town even more than it has been,” explains Phillip Borst, airport board member.

Another developer was selected to research the best use of 300 acres near West Washington Street, that project is separate from the sports medicine complex. The airport board still needs to approve both proposals. The vote is expected on Friday.

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