Each year the Indianapolis Tennis Center, which is part of the Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), hosts the RCA Championships. That is an ATP tennis tournament with some of the best players in the world. In 2003 the tournament took place from July 19 to July 27. The stadium court has 8,000 seats for the audience. In total there are about 25 indoor and outdoor courts. If no tournament is taking place everybody can play on the courts for a fee.
Good food in Carmel
Max and Erma's is a real nice place to have lunch. I've had lunch there twice, and thought good of the experience. Food is good, waiters are friendly, what more do you want? Great family place, too.
Indy Motor Speedway
Indianapolis is the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where 3 motor races are featured annually: the Indianapolis 500, the Bricktown 400, and the United States Grand Prix (Formula 1: this year to be held on 26 - 28 of September 2003).
Also located at the Speedway is the 'Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame Museum'.
Veteran's Memorial Plaza (Obelisk Square)
The day we saw Veteran's Memorial Plaza (Obelisk Square), it was cloudy and cool. The photograph almost looks as though it is a black and white picture. I took it from a distance because when we were there, they were renovating this area, and there was a fence blocking the way.
The reason for the two names is that the Veteran's Memorial Plaza was once known as Obelisk Square. It was completed in 1930 and the park was almost completely paved with asphalt so large gatherings of people could come together. In 1975, it was relandscaped with a formal pavement pattern that radiates from the central Obelisk fountain. This was done for the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence.
I'm glad that they added grassy areas and trees at the four corners. I'm sure it is much more inviting with natural elements rather than asphalt!
In the center of this Plaza is the Obelisk Fountain. The Obelisk is made of Berwick black granite with bronze tablets at its base and is 100 foot tall. The obelisk is a symbol of regeneration; propeganda says that it represents "the hopes and aspirations of the nation, a symbol of the power of nature to reproduce and continue the life of the country". The tablets are sculpted to represent the 4 fundamentals on which the nation's hopes are founded: law, science, religion, & education.
The fountain is composed of pink Georgia marble and terrazzo. It's a 2-level fountain; the lower basin is 100 feet in diameter. The upper basin is made up of four small bays with a large nozzle and spray ring in each. At night the fountain is illuminated with colored lights.
I only wish we could have gotten closer, but the construction prevented that!
Indiana's capital was home to many early carmakers until Detroit overtook it, leaving it with the legacy of a rectangular test-track, et voila - the Indianapolis 500 was born. But there's more to this city than screaming wheels - as its museums, architecture and James Dean memorial will prove.
The adobe Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art features Native American artifacts, such as basketry, pots and masks, as well as a fabulous realistic/romantic Western painting collection with works by Frederic Remington and Georgia O'Keeffe.