Let’s just be honest about it. It’s a circus downtown. If you’ve had the chance to visit the Super Bowl Village or, better yet, the NFL Experience you know what I’m talking about.
Hundreds-of-thousands of people have wandered along Georgia Street in the hopes of being a part of the action. The city has transformed itself in to a block party of gigantic proportions. Zip lines, Human Hamster Wheels, non-stop concerts, ice sculptures, balloon artists, face painting, hurling demonstrations, corn hole and much, MUCH more make it a tailgating extravaganza unlike any other.
My wife dragged me down town last Sunday, and being early risers we missed most of the crowds. But it was still quite an experience. It was a beautiful day and we had a fantastic time (aside from being blown down the street by 40 mph winds).
The city is breaking all kinds of records for attendance to the pre-game party. The news media and sports personalities are giving thumbs up with each interview. Even Madonna reports that she is happy to be here. Locally, there is already talk that we have proven ourselves to be a great choice for hosting another Bowl game in the future, which might be a little premature since the game hasn’t even been played yet. But I’m not here to burst any Bowl Bubbles.
I just want to congratulate the city for a job well done. Getting the Super Bowl wasn’t easy. (Watch Naptown to Super City here.) As in life, the journey was filled with tough decisions and lots of hard work. But it appears that all the effort has paid off. Indy is in the national spotlight. Hoosiers have taken center stage. The world is watching. And no matter who wins the big game, it looks like the Crossroads of America is the biggest winner.