Despite being known as the crossroads of America, “Naptown” was the nickname given to Indianapolis in the early 1900s due to the town’s early hour shut down and general ghost-like atmosphere. This has all changed now that the Super Bowl is just around the corner. In the days leading up to Super Bowl, there has been and continues to be a wide range of activities in the downtown core. Indianapolis is only the 4th cold-climate city to host the Super Bowl and the usually warm February has contributed to its success; the change from last year is like night and day. The downtown core has been a hub of activities all week.
The NFL Experience has been drawing crowds of people. Visitors can test their own football skills such as throwing footballs through moving targets and attempting field goal kicks. Fans also get a chance to see football memoriabilia including the Vince Lombardi Trophy. With over 800,000 square feet to explore, visitors can spend hours wandering through the Indiana Convention Center. The zipline running 80 feet above Capital Avenue has also been a huge attraction. People have stood in line for hours to take a 15 second ride through the city of Indianapolis. If you want to experience the Super Bowl excitement on a budget without paying the thousands of dollars for Super Bowl tickets, $25 for the NFL Experience and the $10 for the zip line (not to mention save 3 hours of your life waiting in line), there are lots of things that you can do for a discounted price or for free. Free concerts are a major draw to the downtown core, with a variety of well-known performers such as Patti Labelle, LMFAO, All American Rejects, Gym Class Heroes, Bret Michaels, Snoop Dog, Sixpence None the Richer and even the Village People among dozens of other performers. Scattered throughout the city are 33 Indy cars or Super Cars representing each of the NFL teams. Not only are these race cars eye-catching, but foursquare users can check in and recieve discounts at local businesses or even recieve prizes. Sighting celebrities is also a free activity. Some of the people rumoured to be in town include Ryan Gosling, Will Smith, Lenny Kravitz, Meg Ryan not to mention all of the performers for Super Bowl like Madonna, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson plus visiting football players like Tim Tibow, arguably most famous for starting the Tibowing phenomenon, who was one of the many guests appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (see my Jimmy Fallon review below) which has been taping all week in Indy at the Hilbert Circle Theater. Plus there are lots of parties around town. Hoosier hospitality is in full swing and reviews for Indianapolis have been very positive. Super Bowl XLVI is on track to being one of the most successful Super Bowls to date.