When Elvis Presley took the stage at Market Square Arena during the summer of 1977, no one knew it would be a concert to remember. No one knew it would be his last show. On June 26, the 25th anniversary of that concert, a group of Presley fans will dedicate a historical marker at the site where the arena stood until it was demolished last year.
The marker will bear an inscription in bronze reading "Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building" atop a granite column. A logo that Presley designed a lightning bolt and the letters TCB for "Taking Care of Business" will be engraved on the front of the stone. The marker will be erected on a street corner overlooking the gravel parking lot where the arena once stood. A time capsule encased within it will hold Presley memorabilia, including a scarf he gave Lipps and letters and mementos from fans across the United States, Canada and Europe.
The marker will cost nearly $10,000. Fans who contribute $25 to help defer costs will receive a photo Lipps' husband took of Presley during his Market Square Arena show. The dedication will come just days after Indianapolis plays host to the first Elvis FANtasy Fest, a June 22-23 event.