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Thursday, February 2, 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Events

Super Bowl XLVI time has arrived! If you are in downtown Indianapolis, check out some of these great events happening today.

Thursday’s Highlights

The NFL PREP Leadership Series: Sports Career Expo (Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road)
The Sports Career Expo enlists professionals from all aspects of the sports industry to inform, educate and enlighten high school student athletes about career opportunities available in the professional sports industry. Now until 2pm.

Indianapolis Youth Education Town (YET) Ribbon Cutting at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
(725 North Oriental Street)
NFL Charities donate $1 million annually as part of its Super Bowl Legacy Grant initiative in order to support underserved youngsters in Super Bowl host cities. For the last 18 years, NFL Charities has supported the construction of Youth Education Towns (YETs) in Super Bowl cities nationwide as a lasting legacy of the game. The YET program is aimed at positively impacting youth in at-risk neighborhoods. This year, NFL Charities contributed $1 million to fund the establishment of the Indianapolis YET.

Press Conference will be held at 11 am. Attendees include:

  • Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Mayor
  • Andre Carson, U.S. Representative
  • Antoine Bethea, Anthony Gonzalez and Brandon King, Indianapolis Colts players
  • Chris Draft, Geneo Riley, Darrin Smith, Damon Watts, Retire NFL players
  • Toby Gerhart (Minnesota Vikings) and Demarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys), NFL players
  • Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
  • Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner
  • Mark Miles, Chairman, 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee
  • James Taylor, President and CEO, Super Bowl Legacy Projects
  • Dr. Eugene White, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools

Military Outreach (Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh)
At 2 pm, NFL players, Colts cheerleaders and team mascot, Blue, will meet with more than 1,000 soldiers, their families and local high school football players. The event will feature autographs, photos, food and beverage and a Q&A session with NFL players.

Tazon Latino VI (NFL Experience)
At 2 pm, this event features notable NFL alumni and Hispanic celebrities competing in a flag football game nationally televised  on Univision.

Cory Smith, 3rd Ranger Battalion Combat Veteran
(Touchdown Alley, Super Bowl Village)
At 5:30 pm, Cory Smith is highlighting the difficult transition so many veterans face by making a very difficult, public and personal transition – he’s running home. Home for Cory is Indianapolis, 565 miles from Columbus, Georgia. Cory has teamed up with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Gallant Few, Inc. which helps veterans by finding veterans who have already previously made their own transition and are now successful civilians.

VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam (Pepsi Coliseum, Indiana State Fairgrounds)
A premier, national-televised concert featuring star-studded performances by award-winning artists including Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B., All-American Rejects and guest appearances by top celebrities and NFL players. Doors open at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm.

Super Bowl Village (Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue)
Open from 11 am – midnight. Attractions include: Tailgate Town (games & tournaments); Zipline ($10 a ride); Kinect NFL PLAY 60 FanDome; ESPN Broadcast Studio; The Huddle at Circle Centre; lights and pyrotechnics shows; Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield from Food Network’s Ice Brigade creating ice sculptures; Super Dash; Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders; football field activities and unique street performers.

Village Schedule

11:30 am       Hero, Jr. (Pepsi Stage, Meridian Street)

12:45 pm       John Spencer (Pepsi Stage)

2:00 pm         Corey Cox (Verizon Stage, Pennsylvania Street)

3:15 pm         Otis Gibbs (Pepsi Stage)

4:30 pm         Sixpence None the Richer (Verizon Stage)

5:30 pm         National Anthem performed by Angie Johnson and Color Guard by US Air Force Color Guard

5:45 pm         Red Wanting Blue (Pepsi Stage)

7:00 pm         Edwin McCain (Verizon Stage)

8:15 pm         Gringo Star (Pepsi Stage)

9:00 pm         Synchronized pyrotechnics, specialty lighting and video show (approximate time)

9:30 pm         Darius Rucker (Verizon Stage)

NFL Experience presented by GMC (Indiana Convention Center)
Produced by the National Football League, the NFL Experience presented by GMC is a pro football interactive theme park that offers participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever.

Tickets ($25 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under) are available by going to, calling 1.866.849.4635, or visiting the NFL Experience presented by GMC box office at the Indiana Convention Center. Online purchase orders can also be printed from ticket kiosks onsite at the Indiana Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale one hour before opening daily. The NFL Experience is open from 3 pm to 10 pm.

Media Center Fan Gallery (JW Marriott – Media Center)
Fans will have free behind-the-scenes access to portions of the Media Center where NFL players, celebrities and other athletes interview along Radio Row. Free tickets available at NFL Shop inside the Indiana Convention Center. Available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during peak hours. More information can be found at under the “Events” tab.

XLVI Roman Numerals Display (South half of Monument Circle)

The Huddle (Circle Centre Mall)
Entertainment and dining options available including LIDS Locker Room with a wide assortment of XLVI Super Bowl and NFL merchandise. Open 3 pm – 10 pm.

Parking and Traffic Information
Expect more congestion and delays throughout downtown starting today.

New Parking Option now through Saturday: Because of extra capacity, an additional parking option is now available for $10 on a first come basis at the north and east Park and Ride locations (327 North Illinois and 101 North New Jersey). There is no shuttle service from these lots. Parking locations are within walking distance to the Super Bowl activities.

Monument Circle Update: Due to the popularity of the XLVI Roman numerals display and light show, the south half of Monument Circle will remain closed to more safely accommodate pedestrians. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show will also be taped at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Wednesday through Friday.

Motorists should continue to avoid key “pinch” areas due to expected congestion and delays during peak rush hour periods unless traveling to specific destinations along those streets: During afternoon rush hour, avoid Capitol Avenue between Maryland and Washington Streets, Maryland Street between Capitol and Pennsylvania, and Ohio Street between Delaware and Capitol Streets. During morning rush hour, avoid South Meridian and South Illinois Streets north of South Street.

Other tips to avoid traffic congestion/delays:

  • Visit for useful maps and tools.
  • Know Before You Go – Be sure to use the Super and Bowl detour routes and enter them as soon as possible.
  • Use public transportation like IndyGo (all of Indianapolis) and Indy Express Bus (from Carmel and Fishers)
  • Avoid turning left out of parking garages when street is congested.
  • Don’t block the cross-walks.

Indianapolis Residents/Downtown Workers:  IndyGo is offering free service today and Friday. If you are not on an IndyGo bus route, look for the closest IndyGo park and ride site to your home. Service available from Carmel and Fishers on the Indy Express Bus. Car pooling is always good, too. Check out:

Super Care Clinic (Union Station, 300 South Meridian, Suite #145)
A full-service urgent care visit center operated by a coalition of Indianapolis-area healthcare facilities. More details at

Additional information about the above can be found on the 2012 Indianapolis Host Committee website –

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