Southern view looking over PanAm Plaza, Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium – Photo by Ryan Hamlett

Over 26 years ago, Indianapolis was making huge strides in changing its struggling, rust-belt image out of that of a dusty blip in fly-over country into a mecca for amateur and professional sports. The national image of Indianapolis at the time was bleak. A Los Angeles Times article from 1986 about our preparations for the 1987 Pan Am Games begins with: