Grand Park gets a national audience

It’s still a year away from opening, but the buzz already is building for Westfield’s Grand Park.  Hamilton County Sports Authority promoted the complex to 9,000 soccer coaches and officials who were in Indianapolis at the National Soccer Coaches Convention in January.


Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, the Hamilton County Sports Authority, Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Indiana Soccer Association – one of the anchors of the Grand Park Development – hosted a private reception at the J.W. Marriott to woo potential sponsors, tournament directors and stakeholders.


“This was a huge opportunity for us to talk one-on-one with coaches asking them to consider Grand Park for tournaments beginning in 2014,” said William Knox, the Sports Authority’s director. “We are encouraged by all the positive responses we’ve received.”


Scheduled to open in spring 2014, Grand Park will host an estimated 1.5 million visitors and players annually at the championship-level facility. It will include 26 baseball diamonds, 31 full-size fields for soccer and other field sports and a variety of amenities.


An evening with the General

Legendary basketball coach Bob Knight is coming back to The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts. During the April event, Knight will highlight his coaching career from his days at Indiana University where he won three NCAA championships and 11 Big 10 championships to  Texas Tech, where he retired in 2008 ending his 40-year-coaching career. Knight spoke to a sold-out crowd earlier during the Palladium’s 2011-2012 season. Buy Tickets!


Carmel Marathon makes a run for a third season

It may sound like a marathon, but there’s a lot more to the third-annual Carmel Marathon, which will be April 20. It includes a Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 8K and a 1-mile family fitness walk. The race begins and ends on the lawn outside The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. For information on the Marathon or other upcoming sports events, click here.