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Home to the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is on a permanent adrenaline rush. Add to that occasional live music concerts by the likes of Celine Dion and Neil Diamond, and temperatures are bound to soar. A huge sports facility, in the basketball-crazy state of Indiana, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is like a magnet for locals and visitors alike. With a capacity of more than 18000 spectators, there is no end to the kinds of events that can be held here. The visual appeal of the facility is awe-inspiring for its sheer magnitude and world-class amenities.
The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza is a solemn structure built to immortalize the soldiers who fought in World War I. The memorial was originally conceived in 1919, with the hopes of luring the American Legion to make their headquarters there. Despite the cornerstone having been laid, some parts of the memorial plaza were not completed until 1960. The centerpiece of the plaza is the memorial building itself, standing at a height of 210 feet (64 meters). This building draws inspiration from the ancient Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, residing in present-day Turkey. Ornamented on all sides by pleasant bushes, rolling lawns, stunning statues, and a fountain, the memorial is home to a museum, auditorium and the Shrine Room. Proclaimed a National Historic Landmark, the Indiana World War Memorial is a stirring locus of American history and a deep sense of architectural excellence.
The Indiana Convention Center is the crux of much of the Downtown Indianapolis economy. The facility is physically linked via skywalk to a number of top hotels and located within minutes of many area attractions. Over the course of the year, a nonstop program of conferences, meetups and sporting events keep the place (and the surrounding neighborhoods) buzzing.
The Indiana Historical Center is offering a unique way to explore the history of Indiana. There are the "You Are There" exhibits, where actors play historical figures that you can interact with to learn about a specific period. There's the "Destination Indiana" area, where innovative touch screens let you explore different areas of the state over time. There's even a whole room dedicated to Cole Porter, with an actor belting out some of his classics. With all of these interactive displays, a trip to the Historical Center is like a trip back in time.
Known as Indiana's oldest bar, The Slippery Noodle Inn has seen its share of action. It's a hub for blues in the area, and it has been home to countless wild shows over the years. There's still live blues being played seven days a week. Being located in a great sports town, the Noodle makes itself available to sports fans as well, hosting many a celebration. Even when there's nothing going on, the place is still packed with happy diners and drinkers chowing down on the hearty menu, featuring everything from traditional bar fare to steaks and pastas, and drinking everything from martinis to micro brews.
Military Park is Indianapolis' oldest and most storied. In this city of epic monuments and patriotic celebrations, this has been the site of many of the above. Today, it sits on the bank of the Canal, and provides safe haven for students and working folk looking for a shady spot to while away a sunny afternoon.