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Published on June 15, 2024
Indianapolis Ignites Olympic Fever with Block Party and Free Concerts for Swimming TrialsSource: Google Street View

As Indianapolis dives into the much-anticipated U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, the city has ignited a celebratory atmosphere filled with music, food, and fun. The block party set the city abuzz with excitement, launching on Georgia Street with free nightly concerts and a cornucopia of family-friendly activities. "We have food vendors. We have games. We have cornhole. We’ll have concerts out here every single night. Every single one of them is free. Every night, we will have a different artist out here on Georgia Street," Sam Reel, communications coordinator for Indiana Sports Corp, described the scene to WISH-TV.

The city anticipates warmly welcoming around 200,000 visitors over nine days of trials, showcasing what Indianapolis has to offer. "We want to go above and beyond, show them how Indianapolis takes events to the next level, and get things started with a bang," said Sam Reel of the Indiana Sports Corp in a statement obtained by FOX59. Visitors can spot the 66-foot Eiffel Tower replica on Georgia Street, marking the festive area just beyond, where an artificially-turfed swim-themed mural can be found.

Citizens and tourists alike have expressed their adoration for the transformed cityscape. "I love Indy. This downtown is amazing with all of the restaurants and bars, the town pulling it together and changing the street names to swimmer's is awesome. The town has really done a great job," observed Alissa Martin in an interview with WTHR. Participants and onlookers have the Toyota Aqua Zone and the One America Concert Series to look forward to, alongside the central aquatic competitions.

Enthusiasm is not just limited to the local community — visitors have travelled from across states to witness the grand scale of the event. One such visitor, Raynor from Illinois, compared his experience to the gymnastics trials in St. Louis. "This is our first time seeing something like this," Raynor told WTHR. "That is nothing compared to what you guys have here."