Downtown Indianapolis Eiffel Tower

INDIANAPOLIS – Downtown Indianapolis now has some Parisian flair.

A 66-foot-tall replica Eiffel Tower is now up at Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue. Designed by the Latinas Welding Guild, the structure is intended to celebrate the arrival of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Indianapolis.

The event, set for June 15 through June 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium, will welcome nearly 1,000 swimmers to the Circle City. They’ll compete for 52 spots in the Summer Olympics, held this year in Paris—hence, the Eiffel Tower.

According to organizers, the event is expected to draw more than 250,000 fans with an estimated economic impact exceeding $100 million.

Last week, officials unveiled the first look at the pools at Lucas Oil Stadium. There are multiple events planned to celebrate the occasion, including USA Swimming LIVE, which will include musical performances, food, drinks and more every day of the trials.

It all starts with the Starting Block Party on Friday, June 14. That will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, music, food and more. It’s from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Georgia Street and is free to the public.

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