200,000 people expected to visit downtown Indy this weekend
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s going to be a monumental weekend in Indianapolis.
City leaders anticipate more than 200,000 people will visit downtown this weekend as part of 20 events that will bring in visitors from all over the country.
The booths are being built. Zip lines are lifted into place. The Road to Rio tour has taken over Monument Circle.
The interactive experience involving Team USA athletes is expected to draw 10,000 people to the circle and get everyone in the Olympic spirit.
“It kind of really provides a platform for people to come out and taste the Olympics and get excited for the games,” said David Giglio.
At the JW Marriott, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is one of one thousand people attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
That event will draw the national spotlight.
“There’s a marketing bump when all the media are reporting from Indy that important people are here. It raises the profile of Indy as an international city,” said Visit Indy’s Chris Gahl.
Another 48,000 are predicted to show up to the Indiana Convention Center for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship.
Tens of thousands will be at Victory Field to watch the Indians play a weekend set. 15,000 are expected to attend a Justin Bieber concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Suitcases are already a common sight as a dozen other events are also planned over the next three days in downtown.
“There is so much going on in Indy this weekend. I am sweating!” joked mayor Joe Hogsett.
Mayor Hogsett points out the circle has been shut down to normal traffic. There will be more street closures over the weekend. People are encouraged to plan ahead before coming downtown.
“It’s gonna be a busy weekend for IMPD. If you work downtown, come early. If you leave early, that would help as well,” said IMPD chief Troy Riggs.
While the biggest concern for the city right now is traffic, the chief says security is never overlooked.
“With what happened in Orlando are we ready? Absolutely, for any type of violence. There are no threats against the city and no concerns other than traffic concerns and health because of the heat,” said Riggs.
Chief Riggs says with so many people downtown, he encourages everyone to report anything they see that might be suspicious. Police officers will not be hard to find.