‘Epic’ banner to adorn side of J.W. Marriott for 100th Indianapolis 500

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The banner will stay on the J.W. Marriott through the month of May

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 18, 2016) — A huge banner will adorn the side of the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis to commemorate the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Officials from the host committee and IMS unveiled a rendering of the banner Monday morning. It reads, “Epic Race. Epic Place.” and features the Borg-Warner Trophy, racing stripes and an IndyCar.  Installation began Monday and will take about 11 days, officials said. It will stay up throughout the month of May.

Similar banners were put up for the NCAA Final Four and the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Officials said the Indy 500 banner is even larger than those.

“We have commissioned a massive, 74,538-square-foot graphic to adorn the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis,” said Patty Martin, a member of the 100th Running Host Committee and chair of the 500 Festival Board of Directors.

“The 100th Running Host Committee felt strongly that a monumental moment in sports history deserves a monumental graphic. Covering an area of 246 feet wide by 303 feet high, this installation at nearly 75,000 square feet of window space is the largest installation at the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis so far,” Martin said, adding that the banner is about 30 percent larger than the Indianapolis Colts’ football field.

“What a tribute to the power and passion of the Indianapolis community and the volunteers who love our city.”