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For Immediate Release:
December 09, 2016

Downtown Indy, Inc.’s New Year’s Eve Celebration returns to Georgia Street

IndyCar unveiled today and will remain on display inside Circle Centre until Dec. 31

The countdown is on! With just three weeks remaining in 2016, Downtown Indy, Inc. is gearing up once again for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Celebration presented by the Indiana Union Construction Industry. On Saturday, Dec. 31 between 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., 50,000+ revelers are expected to celebrate New Year’s Eve on Georgia Street with live music, food and drink, fireworks and a unique “Indy-fied” midnight extravaganza. Earlier today, planners unveiled the IndyCar that will be used as the focus of Indy’s countdown, which was then tested and will remain on display inside Circle Centre starting tomorrow. (Image is included at the end of this release.)

Headlining the NYE event will be the Jump Smokers, creators of dance club anthems, sure to have you dancing, rocking, shaking and popping. And at 11:59 p.m., an IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will once again descend to a collective countdown amidst great fanfare and fireworks at midnight. Other entertainment acts include Standout Story, 87 Southbound and Just’A Band and fireworks at midnight.

“The Indiana Union Construction Industry is thrilled to once again join Downtown Indy, Inc.'s New Year's Eve Celebration as the presenting sponsor," said John Griffin, Central Indiana Building Trades. “The event is a perfect example of the vibrancy and continued growth in Downtown Indianapolis. As an industry, we were proud to be an integral part of the construction and development on Georgia Street, as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  We enjoy watching these projects play a key role in the city's marquee celebrations such as New Year's Eve.”

The free evening events will also feature a chance for attendees to step inside out of the cold into Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Hoosier Lottery Countdown Pavilion will include live music plus plenty of food and beverages.

Sarah M. Taylor, executive director of the Lottery noted, “The Hoosier Lottery is proud to again help thousands of Hoosiers ring in the New Year in Downtown Indianapolis.  Just as our players may enjoy the ‘warmth’ of a winning experience, we will offer ‘warmth’ for revelers in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.”

“Now in our third year, we believe this great civic event is here to stay and we’re excited to bring thousands of residents and visitors back to Georgia Street,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy, Inc. “Cities across the U.S. have their own New Year’s celebrations so it makes perfect sense that we host our own one-of-a-kind tradition.”

Although hotel rooms are going quickly, guests for this event can stay at any of the Hilton family of hotels in Downtown Indianapolis, the official New Year’s Eve hotel partner.

Support for this free, public event, which is produced and managed by Downtown Indy, Inc., comes from: The Indiana Union Construction Industry, Hoosier Lottery, CBS4, IndyStar, Pacers Sports and Entertainment, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Klipsch Marketing Advisors, Browning Investments, Hilton Family of hotels in Downtown Indianapolis, Visit Indy, Indy Racing Experience, Levy Restaurants, iHeart Radio, Moet & Chandon and Bud Light.


About Downtown Indy, Inc.
Founded in 1993, Downtown Indy, Inc. a public/private partnership existing to improve Downtown is also known as Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. As a private, not-for-profit organization, Downtown Indy, Inc. is uniquely positioned to address issues that affect the area’s growth and well-being. Downtown Indy, Inc. focuses on three areas: development, management and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play.

About The  Indiana Union Construction Industry
This is the largest labor/management association representing union construction in the state of Indiana. Representing more than 75,000 union tradesmen and 4,000 contractors, the Indiana Union Construction Industry is an association of diverse construction employers and labor organizations, partnering to coordinate the interests and goals of the union construction industry. Its mission is to promote the union construction industry to its customers and its community. As the leaders of our industry, they are skilled on principle, union by choice.

About The Hoosier Lottery
Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million annually to local police and firefighters' pensions and $30 million annually to the Teachers' Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2015, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $182.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit Download the official Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter.