Look what sports-minded Indy has going for it during the dead of winter:
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay shares more than NFL memorabilia in “Chaos is a Friend of Mine,” an exhibit that opens Jan. 27 at the Indiana State Museum. In his personal collection is Keith Richards’ first guitar, Thomas Jefferson’s last correspondence with Thomas Paine, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” manuscript and more.
Inside the NCAA Hall of Champions are videos of championship games, sports trivia challenges, a video about collegiate athletes, outlets for exercise, artifacts and awards.
Admission is free to the National Art Museum of Sport, where hundreds of sculptures to paintings depict passion and purpose in at least 40 sports.
Race car engines remain off during winter, but the Indy 500’s museum stays open all year. Grounds tours happen during Super Bowl week only if snow and ice don’t cover the oval track.
Hardcore basketball fans head to the 1928 Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University, where the final scene of “Hoosiers” was filmed.
Shaved horseradish heats the shrimp cocktail at Harry & Izzy’s. Peyton Manning is a co-owner of the downtown restaurant.
Also downtown is the newly opened Indianapolis Colts Grille, a roomy sports bar with 66 high-definition TVs and an ostrich, bison, kobe beef, elk and llama burger menu.
Perhaps most important: Indoor skywalks connect 12 downtown hotels to a major shopping mall, the state capitol, convention center and football stadium. Click on “maps” at www.indydt.com.
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