Fan Activities

Georgia Street and Outdoor Activities

For four days, Georgia Street will be transformed into a Brazilian beach party featuring “Countdown to Rio” activities in recognition of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that are less than one year away.

If there is inclement weather, the Georgia Street activities will be cancelled. Fans should check this page for any updates to the schedule

  • Bring your workout gear and participate in a special edition of “Workout Wednesday” led by Olympians Peszek and Sloan in the west block of Georgia Street. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 12-12:45 p.m.
  • Kick off the first day of competition with the Circle City’s Taste of the Championships on the west block. Food trucks will offer health-conscious menu items that have been approved by St.Vincent Sports Performance and discounted items for those with P&G Gymnastics Championships tickets or credentials. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 15, the food trucks move to the east block from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Official Countdown to Rio beach party in the east block includes a scavenger hunt and activities for kids, such as balance beam and carnival masks; an interactive live art project that will be unveiled during Sunday’s competition; special gymnastics-themed sand sculpture on the Georgia Street beach; Brazilian music; and the 3-D letter sculpture Rio, a signature art piece. Also local gymnastics clubs will give demonstrations – the Gymnastics Company on Thursday, Dana Mannix Gymnastics and The Flip Zone on Friday, and Fusion Gymnastics and Geist Sports Academy on Saturday. Thursday, Aug. 13, and Friday, August 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 15, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Happy Hour Thursday in the center block of Georgia Street, with an Olympic gymnast appearance. Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
  • On Thursday, 1996 Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller will sign copies of her book, “It’s Not About Perfect,” in the CNO booth on Georgia Street’s east block. Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Special performance by American Idol Season 12 finalist Angie Miller, outside Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Saturday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m.
  • Samba lessons, Georgia Street east block. Saturday, Aug. 15, 5:50-6:20 p.m.
  • Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, performance, Georgia Street east block. Saturday, Aug. 15, 5:10-5:40 p.m.
  • DJ Kyle Long entertainment, Georgia Street east block. Saturday, Aug. 15, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Following Saturday night’s competition, Brazilian music spun by DJ Kyle Long and light display adjacent to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Aug. 15.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse activities

NOTE: Doors to Bankers Life Fieldhouse open 60 minutes prior to ticketed start time.

  • 40 Empowerment Through Performance banners created by members of gymnastics clubs and other youth organizations from central Indiana will be displayed throughout the championships at the Indiana Convention Center and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
  • AT&T will offer Road to Rio 3D photo opportunities on a virtual beach.
  • Spectators can enjoy makeovers at the P&G Beauty and Grooming booth, including CoverGirl manicures and makeup application from professional artists, and Gillette hot towel shaves. Learn about CoverGirl, Pantene, Secret, Gillette and Venus, as well as receive samples to experience the products at home.
  • Kids can have fun and gain knowledge about the importance of fitness through the interactive Kellogg’s Fitness and Nutrition Zone, which features physical activities in building balance, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular exercise, all of which are fundamental to gymnastics. USA Gymnastics athletes will sign autographs for kids who participate in the zone’s activities before each senior session. Guests may also receive free samples of Kellogg’s cereal products.
  • Think you are ready for 2016? Here’s your opportunity to test your skills at the Under Armour Performance Center. Fans of all ages can demonstrate their gymnastics abilities in three events. You will get to take home a photo of you showcasing your talent to share with your friends. Here’s your chance to show us your WILL.
  • Two main concourse concession stands will feature Circle City’s Taste of the Championships healthy food options that meet guidelines provided by St.Vincent Sports Performance. Menu includes fruits, vegetables and healthy salads.
  • Thursday night, the first of two women’s senior sessions, has been designated as “Back Home Again in Indiana” because Indy’s Phelps, Peszek and Sloan will be honored and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir will perform.
  • On Friday night (Aug. 14), the first of two competition days for senior men, the 2015 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame class will be recognized. The class includes acrobatic gymnasts Kristin Allen and Michael Rodrigues of Livermore, Calif.; female gymnasts Mohini Bhardwaj of Los Angeles and Terin Humphrey of Kansas City; rhythmic gymnast Jessica Howard of Jacksonville, Fla.; trampoline and tumbling specialist Jennifer Sans of Burnsville, Minn.; men’s gymnastics coach Mark Williams of Norman, Okla.; and Doug Hills of Portland, Ore., and the late Dave Moskovitz, lifetime achievement. Darren Renna of Boston will receive the 2015 USA Gymnastics Robert Miller Spirit of the Flame Award.
  • Members of Team Hilton will sign autographs on the concourse Saturday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. One autograph per person will be offered to the first 300 fans. Members of Team Hilton include: Donothan Bailey, Lake Forest, Calif./University of California–Berkeley; Chris Brooks, Houston/U.S. Olympic Training Center; Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev./University of Oklahoma; Jonathan Horton, Houston /Cypress Gymnastics; Marvin Kimble, Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy; Steven Legendre, Norman, Okla./University of Oklahoma; Danell Leyva, Miami, Fla./Universal Gymnastics; Sam Mikulak, Newport Coast, Calif., Eddie Penev, Penfield, N.Y., Paul Ruggeri III, Manlius, N.Y., Donnell Whittenburg, Baltimore, Md., Brandon Wynn, Voorhees, N.J., all with the U.S. Olympic Training Center; and Alexander Naddour, Gilbert, Ariz./USA Youth Fitness Center.
  • Vanessa Atler of Bakersfield, Calif., who tied for the U.S. all-around title in 1997 and won two 1998 Goodwill Games gold medals, will sign her children’s book, “Let the River Flow,” prior to the junior sessions on Thursday and Friday. Based on Atler’s childhood as a young gymnast, the story of River is about overcoming setbacks on and off the playing field, as well as striving not only to do one’s best but also to enjoy the experience of participating in sports. Illustrated by Mentol, the hardbound, 24-page book is geared for youngsters ages 5-10 and available at the merchandise booth.
  • Fans can purchase everything gymnastics, including event-specific tees, Under Armour and GK leotards, Shannon Miller’s “It’s Not About Perfect,” Atler’s “Let The River Flow,” and Vera Bradley bags, at merchandise booths on the concourse.

Autograph Sessions and Appearances

Thursday, Aug. 13

  • 12-1 p.m. – Food Trucks and Olympian appearance – Carly Patterson – Georgia Street (West Block)
  • 12-1 p.m. – Let the River Flow book signings – Vanessa Atler – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – merch store
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour appearance – Carly Patterson – Georgia Street (Center Block)
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. – CNO autograph session and book signing – Shannon Miller – Georgia Street (East Block)
  • 6-7 p.m. – Autograph session @ Kellogg’s Fitness Zone – Carly Patterson – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Friday, Aug. 14

  • 12-1 p.m. – Food Trucks and Olympian appearance – Shannon Miller – Georgia Street (West Block)
  • 12-1 p.m. – Let the River Flow book signings – Vanessa Atler – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – merch store
  • 5-6 p.m. – Fan Fest autograph session – Carly Patterson – Georgia Street (East Block)
  • 6-7 p.m. – Autograph session @ Kellogg’s Fitness Zone – Shannon Miller – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Saturday, Aug. 15

  • 4-5 p.m. – Fan Fest autograph session – Sam Peszek – Georgia Street (East Block)
  • 5-6 p.m. – Fan Fest autograph session – Carly Patterson – Georgia Street (East Block)
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Autograph session – Team Hilton – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Sunday, Aug. 16

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Autograph session @ Kellogg’s Fitness Zone – Sam Peszek – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Georgia Street – open to the public for first 300 in line
Bankers Life Fieldhouse – open to first 300 in line with event ticket