City of Carmel plans party to watch Olympics


The City of Carmel announced it will place a Jumbotron screen along the Monon Trail between Scotty’s Brewhouse and Bub’s Burgers for people to gather and watch the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

“The idea is to draw people in the district,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said.

Cheer on the Champions in the District will begin with the opening ceremonies and continue from 10 a.m. to midnight during every day of coverage. The screen may occasionally be shut down at times to prevent overheating, Brainard said.

People can pack a lunch or enjoy carryout from local restaurants in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The event is free and some chairs will be provided, but attendees can bring their own.

Steele Johnson, the first person from Carmel to make an Olympic team, will compete in diving events at this year’s games. Carmel resident Rajeev Ram will compete in tennis. He is the first Carmel High School graduate to participate in the Olympics.

The idea came after a successful viewing party for the women’s World Cup in the grassy lot across from Bub’s Burgers. That space is booked for a few events during the Olympics, such as the Chinese Mooncake Festival and a band celebration.