Fast Facts on Indianapolis

Indianapolis Facts

  • Indianapolis is home to the world’s largest children’s museum in both square footage and number of artifacts.
  • Forbes ranks Indianapolis as one of America’s Top 25 Best Shopping cities with 18 different shopping centers and 5,955 retail locations.
  • Indianapolis’ historic Union Station was the first union station in the world, opening in September 1853. In fact, Thomas Edison worked there as a telegraph operator in 1861.
  • Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in its number of monuments and memorials (33).
  • Indianapolis boasts the first international airport designed and built after 9/11, rated number one in security by travelers in a J.D. Power & Associates poll.
  • Indianapolis has more hotel rooms (4,717) connected via climate-controlled skywalks than any other city in the nation.
  • Indianapolis is home to the two largest single-day sporting events in the world, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is the first in the nation to be credited as a botanical garden, zoo and aquarium.
  • Elvis performed his last concert in downtown Indianapolis in June 1977.
  • The final scenes in the movie “Hoosiers,” starring Gene Hackman, were filmed at Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse- the site of the famous 1954 Indiana high school state championship game on which the movie is modeled.
  • Pioneering Prozac, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is headquartered in Indianapolis.
  • The Indy 500 track is so large that Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Coliseum and Vatican City can all fit inside the iconic oval, covering 253 acres.
  • Lucas Oil Stadium, host venue for the Super Bowl in 2012, has the NFL’s largest retractable roof--it takes eight minutes to open.