World renowned for the Indianapolis 500 and upcoming host of the 2012 Super Bowl, Indianapolis is truly the sports capital of the world! Whether you’re playing on the field or cheering in the stands, you can find your favorite sports in Indianapolis.
The city supports professional teams in every major sport:
- The Indianapolis Colts
- The Indiana Pacers
- The Indiana Fever
- The Indiana Ice
- The Indianapolis Indians
You can enjoy them all! And don’t forget the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indy is well acquainted with the role of hosting large sporting events and is gearing up for a fantastic Super Bowl XLVI. Past hosting gigs include the Pan American Games, U.S. Olympic Team Trials, NCAA Basketball Final Fours, National Gymnastics Championships and many other national and international sporting events. Visit the Indiana Sports Corporation to learn about upcoming events.
Want to be part of the action? Here are some ideas:
- Be sure to check out the Circle City Athletics for a variety of fun sports leagues—from softball to kickball to even cornhole! Also look for club programs in soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, to name a few.
- The Indiana Ultimate Association promotes Ultimate Frisbee and other pick-up games, while Indy Runners and Indy Walkers compete or train just for fun. And if running’s your thing, you’ll want to participate in the Mini Marathon, the largest half-marathon in the U.S. (walkers are welcome too!).
- If you’re really adventurous and looking for something different to do, Naptown Roller Girls, Indianapolis’ popular roller derby team, recruits new members every year. (If you’re like us though, you’ll just want to watch!)
Sports and recreation in the great outdoors
With its parks, greenways and reservoirs, there’s so much to do outdoors in Indy:
- Avid nature fan? You might enjoy sailing, rowing, biking or hiking in the beautiful scenery of Eagle Creek Park.
- If you are really adventurous, visit all of the Indy greenways and parks in town—you can even find a group and bike there together.
- The Monon Trail and Canal Walk will keep you under the sun too!
- If you venture outside the city a bit, you can experience the shores of the Great Lakes or ski in southern Indiana’s rolling hills with friends in the Indy Ski Club. You can even try ziplining at Dagaz Acres in Rising Sun, near Cincinnati.
Whatever sport you’re into, you’ll find something to keep you moving!