Located in downtown Indianapolis, the Pan American Plaza is a large facility built to commemorate the 1987 Pan American Games. The high quality twin rinks for ice hockey and skating are run by the Indiana World Skating Academy. This venue houses several Indianapolis things to do, including Indianapolis hockey, figure skating, speed skating, general ice skating, curling and broomball. The Pan American Plaza is the place to go for Indianapolis sports on ice.
The Pan Am Plaza, as it is known, houses one Olympic sized ice rink and one that is National Hockey League size. Several athletes who have trained at the facility have been successful in state and national competitions. Coaches at the facility are also nationally recognized for their work with young skaters in Indianapolis.
Within the Pan American Plaza, the Skating Academy houses a research center that is devoted to testing athletes. The academy has become the primary training site for Indianapolis kids who figure skate and play hockey. This world-class facility is a great resource for children and young adults interested in pursuing extacurricular athletics.
Video about the Pan-Am Games 1987
The 1987 Pan American Games was an international multi-sporting event. The ’87 Games were officially dubbed the “X” Pan American Games. More than 4,000 athletes from nearly 40 countries competed. Thirty major sports were involved in the competition, and more than 1,000 medals were earned. Several other Indianapolis venues were used for the Games, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hinkle Fieldhouse, the RCA Dome (then known as the Hoosier Dome), the Indiana University Natatorium, Eagle Creek Park and many more.
A green parrot named Amigo was the official mascot for the 1987 Pan American Games. That’s because the tenth Pan American Games was supposed to be held in Santiago, Chile. But because of financial and political issues, the city backed out. The games were then scheduled to be held in Quitto, Ecuador, which also withdrew. Indianapolis was up for hosting the 1991 Games, but upped their bid to the ’87 Games instead.
The Pan American Plaza is full of sports history and fun activities. For more information on open skating time and skate rental fees, contact the Indiana/World Skating Academy directly, or visit their website.
Pan American Plaza
1201 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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