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In Indianapolis, sports are much more than a tradition – they are a passion. A sea of blue and white swarms over downtown Indianapolis when Colts play at Lucas Oil Stadium. Opened in 2008, the multi-purpose stadium is smack dab downtown and this year will host college basketball’s most exciting weekend – the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game.
The culmination of nail-biting March Madness, the heart-pounding game will be Monday, April 6. Leading up to the finale will be a three-day music festival featuring some of the nation’s hottest acts, block party, fan fest, team practices, all-star game and much more.
Get a downtown hotel room, walk to the stadium and drop in one of the numerous nightlife spots to celebrate. If you don’t have game tickets, downtown sports bars can give you a great seat to watch all the action.
While downtown, visit the NCAA Hall of Champions where two levels of interactive exhibits celebrate all 23 NCAA sports. This isn’t just a stand-around-and-look museum, the Hall brings out your own inner champ in hands-on competitions, including a 1930s retro basketball gymnasium.
Special basketball symbols on the floor indicate buzzer-beater spots where historic shots were made. One basketball mark foreshadows the greatness that was to come. In the 1982 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in New Orleans, it notes, college freshman Michael Jordan sank a jumper with 17 seconds remaining to lift North Carolina to a national championship over Georgetown. What moments of greatness will 2015 bring?