Officials have officially broken ground on the sixth expansion project of the Indiana Convention Center. The expansion will include the largest ballroom in the state as well as additional meeting rooms and event space giving us the opportunity to host two citywide conventions at one time. The expansion also includes an 800-room new convention centre hotel, a skyline-changing glass structure with spectacular views of Indianapolis and amenities including a rooftop bar and sky lounge.
The project will bring about 2,500 construction jobs and 400 new hotel jobs. Additionally, almost $300 million annual economic impact as a result of retaining cornerstone conventions (FFA, FDIC, NTEA). Up to $232 million economic impact in new conventions that we can host thanks to the expansion. There is a projected $69.3 million in new business from the new convention centre hotel’s sales teams. Furthermore, there is anticipated job retention/growth at other hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
Completion date of Indiana Convention Center expansion project
Construction works for the Indiana Convention Center expansion project is set to be completed in the summer of 2026. In relation to the conventions, there will be the opportunity for two city-wide conferences at one time. Additionally, there will be a new signature ballroom and junior ballroom. There will be an addition of auxiliary meeting rooms. Lastly, the walkway connects the new expansion to the ICC’s existing south campus.
In May, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration announced it was taking over financing for the hotel project from Kite Realty Group Trust, which said it couldn’t secure financing. The city was already financing the convention centre expansion. The Indianapolis City-County Council approved the plan the following month with all 19 of the city’s Democratic council members voting to approve the measure, along with independent Ethan Evans. The council’s five Republicans voted against the financing.