901 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
IUPUI is centrally located in downtown Indianapolis, with NCAA headquarters literally in its backyard on the White River. Indianapolis offers many unique engagement opportunities for students given its history with auto racing, amateur sports (often referred to as the "amateur sports capital of the world"), and more recently professional sports.
Indianapolis offers many unique engagement opportunities for students given its history with auto racing, amateur sports (often referred to as the "amateur sports capital of the world"), and more recently professional sports.
IUPUI is centrally located in downtown Indianapolis, home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association; National Federation of High Schools; USA Gymnastics, Diving, Football, and Track; the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; several motor sports franchises, and six professional sports teams.†Annually, Indianapolis plays host to the Indianapolis 500, the National Football League Combine, the Indianapolis Mini Marathon, and the Big 10 basketball and football championships. Indianapolis has also hosted multiple NCAA Division I Menís and Womenís Final Fours, and hosted the NFLís Super Bowl in 2012. Beyond Indianapolis, there are 16 major professional sports franchises within 300 miles, and numerous racetracks, colleges, and facilities.
IUPUI's location in
downtown Indianapolis allows it to maximize the opportunities to apply what
they have learned to the real world.† Many of the Sports Management
courses require some form of experiential learning project.† For example, in
the Sports Marketing class students have developed sponsorship activation
programs around a local event.† Students in the Sport Sales class sell
tickets for the Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Pacers, and other sport events.† Prior to completing a formal internship in industry,
students must complete a sports consulting project where students work with a
sport organization to research an opportunity or problem and provide
Bachelor's in Sports Management
The Bachelor's in Sports Management offers students a blend of off-campus field experiences, hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom, and a business background through the completion of either a minor or certificate from the Kelley School of Business. Students will have the opportunity to organize and execute events, sell tickets for sport organizations, solve real world problems in the role of a consultant, and complete a comprehensive internship with a sport organization. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of extracurricular activities in the student-led undergraduate club, IUPUI athletic department, and other field experiences with the numerous sport organizations in the local area.
Sports Tourism Certificate
The sports tourism development option is an innovative program that blends the study of sport and tourism. This program offers remarkable insight into the growing world of sports tourism, and is set in the context of the increasingly international nature of sport participation and sport spectators.
This program combines both theory and practice to prepare students for opportunities in the sports tourism industry (e.g., amateur and professional sports; resort and tourism industries; parks and recreational centers).
In addition to knowledge and skills directly related to this program of study, students will also develop a range of other skills, such as: teamwork, analytical thinking, communication through academic study, volunteer work, and service-learning experiences.
Events Management Certificate
The events management certificateís coursework enables students to select from an array of different and interesting segments of the event planning field. In addition to planning meetings, interested students may prepare for careers in special events including weddings, conferences, and festivals.
Students are also exposed to elements of sporting event management. For those with a specific interest in sales, there are opportunities in convention and meeting sales. The coursework goes beyond basic meeting planning. Students find themselves involved with meeting planning on a nonprofit and international level.
Opportunities are not limited to working for a specific event planning company. There are companies representing many industries who seek those with expertise in planning their diverse corporate events.