‘Tis the season for giving, right? So we here at funcityfinder.com in Indianapolis felt that on top of giving you the best we’ve got when it comes to what’s going on in the Circle City, we will give you a little help in trying to find that perfect gift for the special someone on your list. Starting December 4, and the following twenty days we will give you twenty ways to show you truly care. In the true spirit of Hoosier pride, we will try to suggest only that which is home-grown or handmade right here in Indiana.
Check out Day 1 gift Guide here.
DAY 2- Ticket Time for all Sorts of Sports
Don’t know what to get the dude in your life? Fear not faithful readers, for I am a dude, and I am here to tell you what would look great stuffed in my stocking or tucked under my tree. Indianapolis is home to some of the nation’s greatest and most unique sports franchises and sporting venues. So think game time now that it is approaching Christmas crunch time.
The Indianapolis sports scene has a local team in almost every sport, and can fit almost every budget. So let me break this down as if you were standing in front of a Christmas tree…bare with me please, it all makes sense in my head.
On top, where you would normally find the star, is the pride of Circle City sports, the Indianapolis Colts. While these Boys in Blue might be the cream of the crop, several factors will play a role in purchasing game day tickets. First, they are expensive. Even though new Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis holds over 63,000 people, you might have to sell a kidney– can you put a price on love, after all you do have TWO kidneys–to afford a few seats. Plus, the season is 3/4 of the way done, so maybe you should start looking into tickets for next year. This really isn’t a bad idea, any chance a sports fan gets to see the likes of Peyton Manning in person is a chance said sports fan would gladly wait for.
Find Colts tickets here.
Next you have the lights that surround our sports ticket tannenbaum– what ,you don’t speak German?. If you have been following the Indiana Pacers at all this year you know this is a great analogy. Much like the tangled strands of lights your dad pulls out of the box every year, only a few really work and you’re often left scratching your head as to why they cost so much. Nonetheless, it is a young Pacers team with a few bright spots. But the fact that the Pacers product is not what it once was, translates to cheap tickets. Also, with over 25 home games at Conseco Fieldhouse left, there are plenty to choose from.
Find Pacers tickets here.
Moving on to our ornaments, we will take a look at our Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team. See, most Christmas trees are covered with a ton of ornaments. They range from the crappy macrame gifts little Tommy brought home from preschool you feel obliged to hang on the bottom of the tree–be honest with yourself, the kid is no Picasso– to the truly special one-of-a-kind ornate ornaments. This is just what you get when you head down to Victory Field in White River State Park come springtime.
First of all, Victory Field itself is regarded as the best minor league stadium in all of America, so it is worth the price of admission alone. Second, since this is the minor leagues, you will see the crappy macrame lifetime triple A players who never really amount to much, and are there just to fill out the bottom of the roster. But, you will also get to see some of the one-of-a-kind talents that have called Indy home for a season or two. It is an incredibly kid friendly park so this is something the whole family can enjoy…you know, if you have a family.
Find Indians tickets here.
Now this is not something everyone puts on their tree, but you know you have seen it. The fake frost some spray on their trees is just like the Indiana Ice minor league hockey team that plays over at the Pepsi Coliseum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Get it? They both involve fake ice and some Hoosiers didn’t even know it exists. Quick fact about the Ice, they are reigning Clark Cup Champions, so this is a cheap option to see a championship caliber team.
The arena is small enough that every seat in the house is a good seat. Also, it is nice to know that the Pepsi Coliseum is used for things other than a giant cattle and horse litter box three weeks every summer during the Indiana State Fair. Ice games have this event called “chuck a puck for a buck” where they encourage fans to throw pucks as hard as they can from their seats. If that doesn’t scream fun to you than you should just go find a dark corner and sit.
Find Ice tickets here.
For the tree itself that supports all of these athletic options now offered to us all, we will go with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Think about this, without that paved circle sports might never have become such an important part of our city. There are events all year long at the Speedway but the two biggest are the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400. Again, they are pricey but an Indianapolis institution nonetheless.
For tickets and events go here.
Hope this helps folks, if it doesn’t comeback tomorrow when I will try again. If you are on the fence about having to sit through sporting events, just think about it this way. The lucky man in your life will have to repay you in some way. Perhaps you can parlay sitting through a game into an evening filled with a nice dinner before hand and some dancing afterwards. Or, more likely, you can guilt him in to going shopping in Indianapolis with you some day, and hold your purse for you while you try on EVERYTHING in EVERY store.