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The Crane Bay Event Center
551 Merrill St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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venue type: Private Venue
venue style: Unique
catering: Offsite Catering (Restricted Vendor Selection)
max venue capacity: 2200
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Venue Description

The perfect Indianapolis event venue for your next big event!
Just blocks away from Lucas Oil Stadium, The Crane Bay Event Venue is a prime location for any large-scale event. No other event venue of its size is this close to Lucas Oil Stadium. Your event can take advantage of the raw, industrial style of the Crane Bay Event Center, complete with working, vintage warehouse-style cranes - or you can easily customize the event space for your specific needs!  Perfect for seated galas, cocktail parties or live concert performances for up to 1,200 guests, this venue is large enough to accommodate full stage, sound and lighting for any group including national musicians and soloists. If your event calls for event more guests, we can provide premium temporary structures on side lots to increase our footprint by 15,000 square feet and our total capacity to up to 2,200.
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Take advantage of these special features:
  • Over 18,000 square feet of indoor event space that can be customized to meet your event's specific design and decor requirements
  • Ability to add temporary structures to increase capacity to up to 2,200 total guests for even larger-scale events
  • Vintage warehouse-style cranes
  • An included VIP Area, Board Room and Green Room
  • Customizable space perfect for seated galas, cocktail parties, or performances for up to 1,200 indoor guests
The Crane Bay for the Indianapolis 500 - Total Venue Buyout
The Crane Bay Event Venue is available for the Indy 500 in 2012. Our facility can accommodate anywhere from 1,200 - 2,200 guests depending on your group's specific needs and requirements. The Crane Bay can also accommodate private or ticketed events and has parking and valet service available to manage your guest flow and arrival. See more information on our Snappening Spaces tab for additional photos, various seating capacities and more specific information about renting our indoor space only or our indoor and outdoor functional spaces.
The Crane Bay for Corporate Events & Private Parties
Everyone dreams of a venue that will produce a "wow" factor for their guests. Luckily, The Crane Bay Event Venue delivers with its historic ambiance and working industrial crane rigging. With The Crane Bay Event Venue, you get the best of both worlds - top-of-the-line service and amenities combined with a raw industrial urban feel, all conveniently located next to major attractions and hotel accommodations. See more information on our Snappening Spaces tab for additional photos, various seating capacities and more specific information about our indoor and outdoor functional spaces.
With its customized staging, sound and lighting systems, The Crane Bay Event Venue makes an ideal setting for any concert or other live performance. Whether it be a traditional rock or R&B setting, or a more refined classical or acoustic vibe, The Crane Bay can meet your group's needs and special setup requirements. See more information on our Snappening Spaces tab for additional photos, various seating capacities and more specific information about our indoor and outdoor functional spaces.
The Crane Bay Event Venue is ideal for performances such as:
  • Private Concerts
  • Comedy Shows
  • Private Ceremonies
  • Entertainment Troupes
  • Fashion Shows
  • Dance Ensembles
  • Live Theatre
The Crane Bay for Other Types of Events
Have something special in mind you want our staff to help you envision? Fear not - if you can dream it, we can do it! The Crane Bay Event Venue also plays host to several other types of events and celebrations such as:
  • Wedding Celebrations including Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions and Engagement Parties
  • Birthday Parties
  • Graduation Ceremonies and Parties
  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Reunions
  • Holiday Parties
  • Life Celebrations & Memorials
  • Sports Events and Sports Showcases
  • Conferences
  • Corporate Meetings and Special Events
  • Non-profit Galas and Fundraisers
  • Product Launches
  • Trade Shows
Catering provided by The Savor Society
Catering for The Crane Bay Event Venue is exclusively provided by The Savor Society. Performance stations and bountiful buffets are available to surround the room and everything from carved meats, fresh fish, flavorful hors d’ oeuvres, passed canapés and delicious desserts can be made available for your guests. The VIP Area can also have also have fresh food items such as shellfish, sauté stations, gourmet cheese, specialty game meats and complimentary passed champagne. The Savor Society can create any type of customized menu and catering arrangement to meet your needs and budget, all the while creating the event experience you dream of providing your guests.
Bar Service provided by The Savor Society
Full bar service is available for any event to accommodate all of your beverage needs. Bar stations will be plentiful to help alleviate waiting in line for drinks. Our cocktail servers will also be roaming the floor to ensure you won’t have to leave your conversation to get a fresh drink. Our guests will never be left empty handed.

Venue Specifications

Outdoor Space Yes
Handicap Accessible Yes
Smoking No
Liquor License Yes
Insurance Yes
Vendor Requirements Partial
Food & Beverage Minimum Yes
Tables & Chairs Not Provided
Tables & Chairs Rental Fee
Linens Not Provided
Linens Rental Fee
Silverware Not Provided
Silverware Rental Fee
Glassware Not Provided
Glassware Rental Fee
Kosher Available Yes
Parking Options Free Parking, Onsite Parking, Street Parking, Valet Parking
Distance From Airport 12
Support Personnel
Onsite Planning Consultant Yes
Venue Support Staff Yes
Venue Cleaning Staff Yes
Venue Security Staff Yes
Attendee Age
Attendee Age All Ages

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Venue Amenities

Facility Information
Security Staff Onsite
Wheelchair Accessibility
Room Features and Guest Services
Urban Views
Business Services
Audio/Video Capabilites
VIP Services
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Equipment Available
Dance Floors

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Conveniently located a mere two blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, The Crane Bay Event Venue is easily accessed on Merrill Street between Kentucky Avenue and West Street. The Crane Bay Event Venue is also accessible via I-70 and I-65 and both are only minutes away.