I have previously extolled the virtues of Indianapolis, which you can read about here. On top of all of the great things there are to do during a normal event weekend, the Super Bowl adds another layer of intrigue and fan engagement.
The Super Bowl Village features a zip line, concert stages, warming zones and a variety of other fun and interactive events running down Capitol Avenue. It is adjacent to the NFL Experience, which is fun for the whole family.
- NFL Experience (Indianapolis Convention Center) – The NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever. Tickets can be purchased here.
- Super Bowl XLVI Stadium Tours (Lucas Oil Field) – Super Bowl Fans will have access to the stadium grounds, access to walk on the field, and many other exciting opportunities at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster and the Lucas Oil Stadium box office.
- NFL VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam Concert (Pepsi Coliseum, Indiana State Fairgrounds) – A concert featuring performances by Gym Class Heroes, Adam Levine, B.o.B. and the All-American Rejects will be shown live on VH1. Click here to purchase tickets.
- Mike Epps and Friends (Featuring Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) – Super Bowl XLVI local ambassador Mike Epps will put on a show with comedy and great hip hop acts at the home of the Indiana Pacers, right in downtown Indy. Tickets can be purchased here.
- Butler vs. Wright State (Hinkle Fieldhouse) – The NCAA National runner-up in each of the past two seasons takes on Wright State at the legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 PM.
- 30th Annual NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards (Scottish Rite Cathedral) – The greatest players in NFL history have convened for thirty years to honor current NFL stars. Join us in 2012 as the NFL Alumni continues a proud tradition where NFL Legends honor their modern day counterparts.
- 13th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University) – Wayne Brady and CeCe Winans will host with performances by Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, NFL Players, the NFL Choir, Verizons How Sweet the Sound Overall Winning Choir, Salvation and Deliverance Church, and surprise guests. Click here for more info.
- LMFAO Concert (Verizon Stage, Super Bowl Village) – LMFAO will perform on the Verizon Stage on Welcome Super Fans Day in the Super Bowl Village at 9:30 PM. This is a free event.
- ESPN Next Party – ESPN’s annual Super Bowl party will feature a headline performance by Drake.
- 6th Annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl (Victory Field) – A beach flag football game featuring celebrities and NFL players. A postgame concert will be headlined by The Fray.
- NFL Honors (Murat Theatre) – The inaugural NFL Honors ceremony will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and broadcast on NBC in prime time. The show will feature a live performance from Lenny Kravitz.
- Taste of the NFL (Gleaners Food Bank) – More than 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, provide fabulous food and wine pairings for guests to sample. There is also an NFL player (either current or alumni) seated at each food station.
- CMT Crossroads NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam (Indiana State Fairgrounds) – Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler will perform. The CMT Crossroads concert also premieres live on CMT.
- Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XIV (Hinkle Fieldhouse) – The first and only official celebrity basketball game to raise money and awareness for abused youth in foster care. Click here for more information.
- Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) – Dwight Howard and the Magic will travel to face the Indiana Pacers on the eve of the Super Bowl.
- NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic (Woodland Bowl) – NFL Charities is pleased to host its Seventh Annual NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic in Indianapolis, IN. Attendees range from Pro Football Hall of Fame members to celebrities, local philanthropists and business owners.
- Super Bowl XLVI (Lucas Oil Stadium) – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots. Need I say more?
Points of Interest in Indianapolis area:
- NCAA Hall of Champions – The NCAA Hall of Champions boasts two-levels of all-new interactive exhibits featuring highlights, artifacts and much more.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway – The Hall of Fame Museum is located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a National Historic Landmark, about five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis. There are more than 75 vehicles on display at any given time, including more than 30 Indianapolis 500-winning cars. The museum was established in 1956, 45 years after the first Indy 500.
- Circle Centre Mall – While you may not have any shopping to do, there is a Colts team store as well as some memorabilia stores that sports fans might want to take a look at. Plus, there is a Chick-fil-A in the food court, which is a very welcomed sight.
- White River State Park – The park not only offers the trees, trails and waterways that you would expect from any state park, but also attractions such as the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indiana State Museum.
- Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Home of the Indiana Pacers, the Fieldhouse also hosts high-profile concerts and events.
- Victory Field – Home of the Indianapolis Indians, the Pittsburgh Pirates AAA affiliate.
Restaurants and Nightlife:
- Super Bowl XLVI Food Truck Event on Monument Circle – 23 Indianapolis food trucks will make history when the first Food Truck Fair to be held during a Super Bowl celebration takes place on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Feb. 2-5, 2012, 11 AM to 10 PM each day.
- St. Elmo’s Steakhouse – This restaurant has been an Indianapolis institution since 1902 and features a cocktail sauce on their shrimp cocktail that will knock your socks off. Biter beware. In addition to some great food, it is pretty much guaranteed that you will see an NFL owner, coach, GM, college football player, or NFL analyst at one table or another.
- Oceanaire Seafood Room – A seafood place located at Monument Circle, a nice downtown area east of the Capitol Building.
- Oakley’s Bistro – A favorite of NCAA Director of Championships and Alliances Peter R. Davis.
- Black Diamond – A 10-minute trip to the north side of Indy, this BBQ joint is a favorite of USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny.
- Paradise Bakery – A nice breakfast spot in Monument Circle.
- Café Patachou – Breakfast spot located just south of the Indiana State Capitol at Capitol and Washington Streets. This spot has been receiving accolades from Indianapolis publications for more than a decade, and if the locals like it so should you. Order the cinnamon toast.
- Indianapolis Colts Grille – For good food and a great sports bar.
- Champions Sports Bar in the Marriott – I am especially fond of this place because of my shortly-held all-time high score at the Pop A Shot during the 2008 NFL Combine. My record has sadly since been broken.
- Howl at the Moon – A dueling piano bar and live music joint that always provides a good time.
- 1933 Lounge – For a cool atmosphere and a great cocktail. Tucked between St. Elmo’s and Harry & Izzy’s.
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