March 13, 2023 — Willowbrook, Illinois … The Midwestern United States has a wealth of sports history, from pro titles at beautiful stadiums and arenas to amateur glory across many spectacular multi-sport facilities where tournaments thrive. If you want in on the knowhow regarding great Midwest venues from Illinois and Indiana, Sports Planning Guide’s (SPG) dedicated 2023 state guides for each state will set you on the right path.

Combined, the state guides for Illinois and Indiana highlight a staggering 122 facilities from a total of 29 destinations. Many of our Site InSpections provide planner perspectives on hosting events at these destinations, along with insight on local amenities and activities for even more fun before or after games.

“Indiana communities are committed to being the best sports destinations in the country,” said Rachel Frank, manager, statewide initiatives and external affairs at Indiana Sports Corp. “Our venues span the spectrum from historic to state-of-the-art, so we can find the perfect space to fit your needs. No matter where you go in Indiana, you’ll find consistent, top-notch service from our community members and partners.”

Both guides have two key feature articles, with one from Indiana being exclusively available on the SPG website. Learn how sport culture runs deep in Indiana with a range of complexes, from the enormous and modern Grand Park, featuring the NBA’s Pacers official practice facility, to college basketball “cathedrals” at Butler University and more.

Meanwhile, in Illinois, there are plenty of new facilities across a multitude of sectors springing up to study, which will further establish the state’s powerful grip on the sports tourism market.

“Sporting events are an important part of the tourism industry in our state, and we continue to strive to be top of mind for sports associations and organizations planning their next event,” said Greg Mihalich, manager of the Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and the IOT liaison to Sports Illinois.

The 2023 editions of the Illinois and Indiana guides are now available both in print and via digital download, all for free. To reserve your copy, visit

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