Major Sporting Events

Dear All,

The next “Twenty in 20” is out – and what is it about?  Major Sporting Events coming to Indiana.  When talking with folks from other states, and even other countries, and you tell them you are from Indiana, what do they automatically mention about our state – some of our terrific sporting events!  Be it auto racing with the Indianapolis 500 (104th race this year) or the NHRA drag racing (66 years), people know us for these events worldwide.  What else comes to mind – basketball!  Be it the pros playing here in Indianapolis to the many college games and tournaments not only in the Circle City, but throughout the state (and don’t forget about our high school teams, which are not mentioned in the 20 in 20), we are truly a basketball state!  Then we can move on to football and again must recognize our pros and colleges and the great games that are played in our state – and some of the rivals among schools that have gone on for decades.  There are other sports that involve balls that are big in Indiana, and we cannot forget our national past time of baseball.  While we don’t have a major league team, our minor league teams and others certainly do please the crowds in some great newer stadiums to some historic ones that you see on the silver screen.  Don’t forget about golf and soccer.  Other sports that are highlighted including hockey, the Special Olympics, the Diving Team Trials for the 2020 Olympics, and on the water with the Madison Regatta.  A great variety and something for everyone.

These events happen throughout the year, and with ball games following a favorite team can be enjoyed throughout an entire season.  To learn more about the “20 in 20 Major Sporting Events Coming to Indiana” see below and click on the link to read about them all.


Janice McHenry  

20 IN 20

Visit Indiana’s The 20 IN 20 

Major Sporting Events Coming to Indiana

For Immediate Release

INDIANAPOLIS (February 26, 2020) – As the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments are about to descend on Indianapolis, it should be no surprise that Visit Indiana’s sixth list of The 20 IN 20 features sporting events.

“Indiana has built a reputation as one of the best places to host sporting events,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “The world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indy 500, happens every May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we continue to seek more opportunities to showcase our incredible city.”

People from all over come to visit The Racing Capital of the World. The 1,000-acre facility also is home to the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

“Sports tourism is big business for Indiana. That’s why the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) works with Sports Indiana and Indiana Sports Corp to support, enhance and grow sporting events, as well as strengthen bids to attract new business to the state,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of IOTD. “Last year, the economic impact from the Sports Indiana Grants was almost $20 million.”

sporting eventsFrom auto racing and basketball to championship golf tournaments, put these 20 sporting events in Indiana on your calendar for 2020. All year, Visit Indiana will reveal 20 lists of 20 must-see, must-do Indiana experiences, one at a time.

2020 hat When you visit a destination from any of the lists, post your photos on Instagram with #The20IN20 for a chance to win a giveaway. We will randomly draw 20 winners every other month. Winners will receive one of the following custom items: beanie cap, golf umbrella, beach towel or stadium blanket. Begin your decade with a true adventure in 2020 by completing at least 20 of our 400 must-see Indiana experiences! Find out more about The 20 IN 20 here.

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