Thousands arrive in Indy, leave millions behind

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 14, 2014) — With the Big 10 men’s basketball tournament underway at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, experts tell FOX59 the Circle City should expect a major economic boost this weekend.

The Indiana Comic Con and several big St. Patrick’s Day events are planned for the weekend as well, which leads Indianapolis Downtown Inc. to estimate the impact will be in the $10 million range.

“It just is a huge economic impact to Indiana, just being rated the best convention city in the country,” said Melissa Thompson, IDI’s Georgia Street Manager.  “It just is a way for us to showcase that we are really good at what we do and to bring those visitors in and let them enjoy our great downtown.”

As opposed to waiting for Monday and the big parade, Hoosiers and visitors can go green for the holiday starting Friday.

The weekly Food Truck Friday on Georgia Street will be followed in the evening with the greening of the canal, near the Indiana Historical Society.

On Saturday, a free concert and party called the Blarney Bash will run on Georgia Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Earlier, at 10 a.m., the 23rd Annual Shamrock Run and Walk starts off at Monument Circle.

“I think the key here for everybody is that there’s something to do for all ages,” said IDI’s Vice President of Marketing Bob Schultz.  “Whether you are a runner or walker, a parade goer, a beer drinker, whatever the case may be: Come on down and have a great time in downtown Indianapolis.”

More information on the Georgia Street schedule of events can be found online by clicking here.