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Update: Super Bowl XLVI Preparations

Artist's Rendition of Super Bowl Village

Artist's Rendition of Super Bowl Village. Image provided by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and used with written permission.

By Dianna Boyce
2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee

Indianapolis – Mark Miles, chair of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, joined Allison Melangton, president and chief executive officer of the Host Committee, earlier today to discuss preparations for Super Bowl XLVI. Along with updates on community initiatives and programs, they outlined plans for the Super Bowl Village and introduced a program called XLVI Faces.

“Momentum continues to build in this community with each passing week in the NFL regular season,” said Miles. “We’ve watched our community programs meet their original goals and surpass them not quietly but with fervor. We’ve met people who have little interest in football but have embraced Super Bowl XLVI as an opportunity to take the international spotlight that it brings and turn it into long-lasting transformational opportunities.”

With the City’s Georgia Street project nearing completion, the Host Committee unveiled details for the three-block area that will be known as the Super Bowl Village. Highlights of the Super Bowl Village, which will be open January 27, 2012 through February 5, 2012, include:

  • The Super Bowl Village is a free, family-friendly fan gathering spot.
  • The ten-day run will feature live band entertainment on two stages.
  • One stage at Pennsylvania and Georgia (near Conseco Fieldhouse) and one stage at Meridian and Georgia.
  • More than 80 local, regional and national bands will perform.
  • Super Bowl Village will have a Kick Off on January 27 – perfect timing for local and regional families and friends to come downtown and get the thrill of the NFL Experience (NFLX), big time décor and entertainment on Georgia Street.
  • A four-line zip line will run tandem down Capitol Avenue. The zip lines run approximately 80’ tall and 650’ feet in length. A quick zip in your favorite football jersey on this zip line will be an unforgettable moment for any football fan! Enjoy the ride for $10.
  • Local and regional visitors who may not plan to attend Super Bowl XLVI are encouraged to visit the Super Bowl Village on the first weekend through Wednesday, February 1, 2012. During that time, people can kick off this event in grand style and have greater access to hotel and restaurant availability.
  • The Super Bowl Village will host a Tailgate Town where traditional tailgate competitions will happen. Football turf in the same area will provide an opportunity for interactive experiences for fans to participate.
  • Three Indy-style Super Cars – one with the AFC champion logo, one with the NFC champion logo and one Super Bowl-themed car – will reside in the Super Bowl Village.

A program called XLVI Faces was also revealed today. Through XLVI Faces, the Host Committee will share the voices, stories and faces of the people who are the heart of the Indianapolis Super Bowl. “As a community, the common denominator for the progress we are making is the people,” said Melangton. She added, “Each of these people, their integrity, passion, strength and heart, offer a window to the character of our fine city and state.”

The first group of Faces introduced today includes:

  • Valerie Davis, Near Eastside Legacy Project
  • Luke Huston, Super Bowl Student Ambassador
  • Gabriella Cabello, Super Bowl Green Corps Member
  • Felicia Ferguson, Super Bowl Volunteer
  • Traci Runge, Indy’s Super Cure
  • Bev Meska, Super Scarves
  • Lisa Talley, Super Bowl Host Committee
  • Joe Matthews, Super Bowl Legacy Project
  • Sunil Deo, Super Service
  • Anika Sykes, Team Legacy

Each of these people has a connection to the Super Bowl. Their stories, pictures and faces are told on www.XLVIFaces.com. They each don one of the Host Committee’s Super Scarves, representing thousands of volunteer hours from devoted people who handcrafted each one for our Super Bowl team. Over the next 100 days, you will meet 46 different faces, each with a compelling story that connects them to our community and Super Bowl XLVI.

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  1. November 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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