Big weekend in downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament may draw tens of thousands of visitors downtown Indianapolis this weekend, but it’s not the only event.

Tourism officials say the tournament along with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and two national conventions will have about a 25 million dollar economic impact on the city.

Comic Con and the Public Library Association are both holding weekend-long events at the Convention Center.

“Especially during the colder months to be able to jam pack our hotels and our facilities and really make the city shine and juxtaposition these (events) – sports to conventions, it’s just an interesting gathering here in the capital city,” said Chris Gahl, a spokesperson for Visit Indy.

“It’s a walkable city. There’s a lot to see … the layout’s nice,” said Gianna Leccisi who was visiting from Colorado.

Among the St. Patrick’s Day parties is the Blarney Bash on Georgia Street on Saturday from 2:00 – 10:00 p.m. Live music, green beer and food will be featured during the event.

Some events surrounding the Big Ten Tournament include a career expo Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Union Station for Big Ten students and alumni. The Big Hoops Day 5K begins and ends Sunday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. The race starts at 11:00 p.m. Participants may pre-register for $20 or register on site for $25.

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