Like many football fans around the country, Super Bowl weekend is always marked on my calendar even though I’ll likely never attend an actual game. Fortunately for me and all my fellow Hoosiers, this year the game comes to us. We may not get inside Lucas Oil Stadium for kickoff, but we can experience all the festivities for free in downtown Indianapolis at the Super Bowl Village.
Lining Georgia Street from Conseco Fieldhouse to the Indiana Convention Center, the Super Bowl Village is the epicenter of all the activities planned for the 10 days leading up to the big game. The lineup of musical acts has definitely caught my eye. It’s a chance to see a wide variety of national acts, like Darius Rucker, Patti Labelle and O.A.R., and some great local groups, like Jennie DeVoe and the Hunter Smith Band. Concerts will be held on two different stages located at Pennsylvania & Georgia Streets and Meridian & Georgia Streets.
I would imagine my husband may want to wander over to Pan Am Plaza, which will become the hub of all sports broadcasting from January 30-February 5. Several of ESPN’s most popular programs will be filmed here and open to the public, including SportsCenter and Mike and Mike in the Morning. As a Food Network junkie, I’ll definitely want to see the guys from the show Ice Brigade, who will be doing ice sculpting in the Village.
I’m certain my 2-year-old son will not want to leave Tailgate Town, where fun tailgate competitions will take place and a large football turf will offer interactive game playing.
Each day will have a theme, like Super Families Day on Sunday, January 29. The Village opens on Friday, January 27 at 3 p.m. The Village will open each day thereafter at 11 a.m.