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Indianapolis is known as the home to one of the biggest sporting events in the history of modern sport: the Indy 500, which takes place every Memorial Day weekend at Indy’s Motor Speedway. As longtime Indianapolis resident Jeff Castner knows, his hometown is perhaps best known throughout the world for what is considered the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, though the large metropolis also contains numerous other professional sporting opportunities the casual visitor may not be aware of.

Lucas Oil Stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium is home to one of Jeff Castner’s favorite professional teams, the Indianapolis Colts, which keeps this enormous venue rocking every Sunday, and occasionally on Monday nights. Lucas Oil is also hosting the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four, and is home to the annual Big Ten Football Championship.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Indiana Pacers have enjoyed much success in recent years, thanks in no small part to the raucous devotion of thousands of screaming fans who visit the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for every Pacers home game. As a Pacers fan, Jeff Castner takes advantage of any opportunity he has to root on his NBA favorite, which promises to have another competitive and successful season.

Victory Field

Ranked as one of the best minor league baseball parks in the country, Victory Field provides the perfect venue for a family outing at the ballgame. Victory Field is a local favorite and continues to be upheld as one of the finest minor league baseball venues in the Midwest. Jeff Castner enjoys catching a game here whenever he can.

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Jeff Castner is proud to be a part of the Indianapolis community, and to share in the urban center’s many unique, inspiring and interesting things to both see and do. As a long-time area resident and Indianapolis enthusiast, Castner looks forward to sharing some of his favorite places to visit during his time away from work, particularly with those new to the city and the surrounding area.

Below, Jeff Castner gladly shares of some of his favorite places to visit in his hometown.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

White River State Park

Known as the only cultural urban state park in the country, White River State Park skillfully blends numerous local cultural attractions with the creative use of green space, all of which can be experienced via bicycle, Segway, boat or on foot. Visitors new to Indianapolis have the chance to walk or ride to such local attractions as the White River Gardens, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana State Museum and more.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

No Indianapolis trip would be complete, says Jeff Castner, without a trip to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the largest single-day racing and sprint events in the world. Home of the annual Indy 500, the century old Speedway is a must-see for families and sporting enthusiasts around the world.

Fountain Square Cultural District

If you’d like to visit a unique and historical part of the downtown area, one full of well-known restaurants, a vibrant arts and music scene and a plethora of shopping opportunities, says Jeff Castner, then take a detour through downtown Indianapolis’s Fountain Square Cultural District.

The Green Bay Packers’ Lombardi Era is not only one of the most significant and impactful times in the history of the franchise, it is also one of the most notable times in the history of both the National Football League and the sport of football. As a lifelong Packers’ fan, Jeff Castner understands the importance and continued relevance of this pivotal moment in football; a time when the legacy of both Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers were firmly established and forever imprinted on the minds of sports fans everywhere.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Vince Lombardi, as Jeff Castner knows, was officially announced as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers on January 28, 1959, accepting a five-year deal to become the team’s general manager and coach. From that point on, the history of the team, and the league, was changed forever, as a relatively unknown coach, Lombardi would soon become one of the most celebrated personalities in the history of the game.

It didn’t take long, says Jeff Castner, for Vince Lombardi to establish himself as a next-level leader. In his first season with the Packers, Lombardi led his team to a 7-5 overall record, and proudly received NFL Coach of the Year honors. The next season, 1960, saw the Packers win the Western Conference title, only to fall short in the eventual title game. This, as Jeff Castner knows, would be the Packers’ only title loss under the helm of Vince Lombardi, who would end up leading his storied squad to a total of five World championships, which includes two Super Bowl victories.

Jeff Castner is a big sports fan. He lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is lucky enough to be close to the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers, and the Indianapolis Indians, that last one being a minor league baseball team in the International League.

He says that no matter what the sport is, it’s just about impossible to become a fan if you don’t understand the sport. Jeff Castner likes to read about baseball, football and basketball, and even write about it; he has begun blogging about sports on his own blog.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

He watches as many games as his schedule allows, too, and says that is another important part of becoming a sports fan. For watching games, Jeff Castner says there is always TV, but adds that there is no replacement for actually being at a game. He is especially fond of going out to Victory Field, where the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians play.

One of the great things about being a sports fan, says Jeff Castner, is that it gives you an excuse to scream your head off. You don’t even have to be at a stadium watching a game – a sports bar, or even your own living room at home will do.

Being a sports fan can instill pride in one’s community, too, and Jeff Castner says that is always a good things. It’s also a great conversation starter ­ “How about those Pacers?” for example. Jeff Castner has found that he has been able to have in-depth conversations, even with complete strangers, just by finding the common ground of liking the same sports team.

Jeff Castner lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the great cities of the American Midwest. He has been employed at the same university for nearly thirty years, and has risen to become its Assistant Director of Operations. As such, he is responsible for making sure that the university runs smoothly.

When he isn’t at work, Jeff Castner can often be found checking on the ups and downs of his favorite sports teams. He supports all of the local teams in Indianapolis, from the Pacers to the Colts to the minor league baseball Indianapolis Indians of the International League.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner knows that some people don’t understand what it is about team sports that he and millions of other Americans find so captivating. On the one hand, Jeff Castner believes that if you have to ask, you’ll never understand. Yet he knows that there is an entire discipline of studying sports fans, and it encompasses psychology, sociology, and even physiology.

There are a lot of important, fascinating, and surprising things that are associated with this topic, Jeff Castner knows. Fans get a lot out of identifying with a team, researchers say, in ways even players don’t. The athletes are mercenaries, but the fan is permanent. The sense of goodwill, bonding and shared purpose that comes with being a fan has a ripple effect that can benefit all aspects of living.

Jeff Castner knows that if a team is doing well, it tends to reflect onto its fans in terms of bragging rights, status, and prestige. Studies have even shown that rabid sports fans have higher self-esteem and are less depressed, less alienated and less lonely than those who don’t care about sports.

Jeff Castner is a Hoosier through and through. He lives and works in Indianapolis, where he is the Assistant Director of Operations at one of the city’s leading universities. He has worked there, in different capacities, for nearly thirty years.

Jeff Castner is proud of Indianapolis, and says the city has a lot to offer ­– more, in fact, than most non-Indianapolis residents realize. There are six cultural districts in Indianapolis, he says, and each one is known for a certain distinctiveness, and forms a pocket within the social fabric of the city.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

All of the Indianapolis cultural districts, Jeff Castner says, have their buzzwords and pet names. One of the districts is known as Broad Ripple Village, but is usually referred to simply as “The Village.” Sitting close to Butler University, its many art galleries and studios, specialty shops and pubs enjoy lots of traffic from visitors to the city, who take advantage of a free shuttle service.

Another of its distinctive cultural districts, says Jeff Castner, is the Canal and White River State Park. These sectors sprang from the central canal of Indianapolis, and are newly inspiring as Venetian Canal look-alikes. White River Park hosts many famous museums and events, with the downtown Indianapolis skyline as its striking backdrop.

Fountain Square, Jeff Castner says, is mostly noted as an ethnic and artsy Mecca. The Square sprang from humble roots as a large apple orchard. Jeff Castner says it’s a little different and offbeat today, but is still a very cool place to check out.

Jeff Castner is an Indianapolis civic booster. He has lived and worked in the capital of Indiana for many years, and today is the Assistant Director of Operations at a leading university there. He calls Indianapolis one of the greatest places to live in all of the United States and says that there is no shortage of things to do there.

Jeff Castner is a big sports fan, but he is mostly partial to team sports. He likes to catch as many Pacers and Colts games as his schedule allows. But he is mindful of the fact that Indianapolis is home to the Indy 500, often called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

As Jeff Castner knows, the Indy 500 was officially born in 1911 and has been a staple of summertime in Indiana ever since. It takes place ever year in May, over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Indy 500 is a huge event every spring. As Jeff Castner knows, the Indianapolis 500 Festival has been a mainstay in Indianapolis ever since it was created in 1957. The purpose of the festival is to organize community events that celebrate the race and its participants. It includes a big parade that is one of the most anticipated events of the season, and it culminates on race day.

Race day, says Jeff Castner, always begins bright and early with a rendition of “Back Home Again in Indiana,” which is sung prior to the waving of the flag. 500 excitement-filled laps later, a winner is crowned with great ceremony. The winner steps into Victory Lane to be adorned with the traditional winner’s wreath and receive the coveted sip of milk from the 500 Festival Queen, who is chosen from the group of princesses. The following Monday, the drivers and community members gather for the final farewell to that year’s Indy 500, the Victory Banquet, where the drivers are honored and the festivities come to a close.