Group suspends downtown New Year’s Eve celebration, IndyCar drop

Group suspends downtown New Year’s Eve celebration, IndyCar drop


IF YOU PLANNED ON GOING TO DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS TO WATCH THE INDYCAR DROP FOR NEW YEAR’S — YOU’RE GOING TO NEED NEW PLANS. (BROOKE) DOWNTOWN INDY INC ANNOUNCED THE CELEBRATION WILL BE SCRAPPED. NEWS 8’S ERIC FELDMAN JOINS US LIVE FROM GEORGIA STREET… AND YOU FOUND OUT WHY IT’S BEEN CANCELLED? (ERIC) TWO FACTORS — COST AND THE WEATHER. IT’S NOT TOO BAD TONIGHT — BUT YOU MAY REMEMBER — LAST YEAR — IT WAS FREEZING OUTSIDE — TO THE POINT THAT THE GEORGIA STREET CELEBRATION WAS NEARLY CANCELLED. ((ERIC FELDMAN, REPORTING)) ((NATS)) IT DREW TENS OF THOUSANDS DOWNTOWN — QUICKLY BECOMING AN INDY TRADITION — ((NATS)) BUT THERE WON’T BE THAT INDYCAR DROP THIS YEAR. (( / :MAYBE THIS ISNT THE BEST USE OF FUNDS ((09:33:01-03)) )) DOWNTOWN INDY INC’S BOB SCHULTZ SAYS SUB-ARCTIC WEATHER LED TO EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS… AND A NEAR DAY-OF CANCELATION LAST YEAR. (( / : WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT LIGHTING, STAGING, SOUND, SECURITY, ENTERTAINMENT, PROMOTION, MARKETING, STAFFING, HEATERS IF NEED BE, THIS IS A $250,000 EVENT FOR ONE HOUR ((09:34:56-08)))) SCHULTZ SAYS HE KNOWS THE EVENT HAS BEEN POPULAR. IT HAS BEEN THE FREE, FAMILY- FRIENDLY WAY TO CELEBRATE. (( / : IT COULD AFFECT MULTIPLE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN INCLUDING OURS ((09:42:32-40)) )) DAVID CHURCH IS THE G-M AT CLADDAGH IRISH PUB… THEY’LL HAVE A NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION… ((NATS)) IT WAS JUST A FEW DAYS AGO CHURCH SAW GEORGIA STREET COME ALIVE FOR THE BIG TEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP… AND WHAT THAT DOES FOR BUSINESS. CHURCH SAYS HE’S A LITTLE NERVOUS WHAT COULD HAPPEN WITHOUT THE GEORGIA STREET DRAW. (( / : IF YOU’VE GOT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE A BLOCK OR TWO FROM OUR BUSINESS BUT NOW THEY DON’T HAVE THAT EVENT TO GO TO WE COULD SEE A DROP OFF ((09:44:49-59)) )) SCHULTZ SAYS HE RECOGNIZES SOME PEOPLE WOULD SPEND MONEY DOWNTOWN BEFORE AND AFTER THE INDYCAR DROP… AND DOWNTOWN INDY INC WILL WATCH TO SEE WHAT HAPPPENS THIS YEAR. BUT HE SAYS TO REMEMBER — THERE’S STILL PLENTY TO DO AROUND TOWN TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR. (ERIC) SO SCHULTZ SAYS HE WOULDN’T SHUT THE DOOR ON A REBOOT OF THE GEORGIA STREET NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION. IF THERE WERE A WAY TO BRING IT INDOORS — OR SOMEHOW MAKE THE WEATHER NOT AS MUCH OF AN X- FACTOR — THEY’D POTENTIALLY BE INTERESTED. BUT DOWNTOWN INDY INC HAS ANOTHER PUSH NOW FOR THE UPCOMING NEW YEAR’S EVE. I’LL EXPLAIN AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR. LIVE DOWNTOWN — ERIC FELDMAN — WISH TV NEWS 8. (BROOKE) A POSSIBLE ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION

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