Super Bowl XLVI and Indianapolis Are a Smashing Success

The football gods have smiled upon Indianapolis throughout the 10-day-long Super Bowl XLVI celebration, and Hoosiers couldn’t be happier about it. still has our intern on the ground in the Circle City, and he filed this report:

It’s hard to tell what excites the people of Indianapolis more—the success of the festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLVI or the outcome of the game itself.  Hoosiers made no effort to conceal their preference between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.  Indiana was clearly Giants territory.

Superbowl XLVI Fans Gathering

For most people in this area of the country, their two favorite teams are the Indianapolis Colts and whoever plays against the Patriots.  You may have noticed the loud boos raining down on the Patriots as they took the field for Super Bowl XLVI.  Nobody around here wanted Tom Brady to win a Super Bowl in the house that Peyton Manning built.

For Hoosiers, if Peyton couldn’t play in the big game, then his little brother, Eli, was the next best thing.  In fact, as I strolled through downtown Indianapolis on multiple occasions, if I didn’t know better, I’d think that Eli Manning was the only member of the Giants, based on the banners and billboards around the city.

So the Giants pulling off the 21-17 victory over the Patriots and Eli being named the MVP of the game was music to the locals’ ears.

(Editor’s note:  Not to toot our own horn or anything—okay, we’re tooting— predicted a 27-24 Giants victory on Jan. 24.  We came pretty darn close to being dead-on with our prediction.)

Lucas Oil Stadium Superbowl XLVI

Perhaps more importantly to Hoosiers, though, was the fact that the Super Bowl XLVI festivities went off without a hitch.

Of utmost importance is that there were no incidents that threatened people’s lives or safety.  In today’s world, we always breathe a sigh of relief when we can enjoy a major event without disaster striking.

The locals here, however, had no doubt that the event would be secure.  After all, Indianapolis has hosted NCAA Final Four basketball games for both men and women, they host the Big Ten football championship, the Circle City Classic, the Indianapolis 500, and the Brickyard 400, just to name a few events.  These folks know how to keep people safe.  It was no dumb stroke of luck that catastrophe was avoided.  It was the result of experienced professionals doing their jobs flawlessly.

JW Marriott dresses up for Superbowl XLVI

Many NFL fans groaned about Super Bowl XLVI being held in central Indiana in the middle of winter.  The Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee worked hard to provide a number of ways for fans to keep warm, but as it turns out, Mother Nature was incredibly kind.  Unheard of temperatures in the 50s and 60s in late January and early February gave the city a feel of spring, rather than winter.  Even the locals are in awe of the tremendous weather here for this time of year.

I read articles by people in other parts of the country who brought out the tired old “Naptown” and “India-no-place” nicknames while running Indianapolis down as a boring location at which to host Super Bowl XLVI.  Those nay-sayers clearly have no idea what they’re talking about.  I spent over a week of very long days enjoying Indianapolis and central Indiana, and I didn’t even scratch the surface of what’s out there.  Anyone who thinks that this city is still “Naptown” hasn’t put forth any effort to discover Indianapolis.

All told, Super Bowl XLVI was a hit, and so was Indianapolis.  The city now hands off to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII preparations, but I definitely think that Indy should host another Super Bowl in the future.  They’ve earned it.