I LOVE Indianapolis, and I feel it doesn’t take the Super Bowl to make my city super. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled we’re hosting SB46. It’s just that I believe Indy is already a super city, which is why the Super Bowl should be held here. I’ve traveled to and lived in other parts of our country — and although Indy may not have sunny beaches — it has a lot to offer. When an “outsider” asks what makes Indy so super, I answer, “the people.” And, while Hoosiers are friendly, that’s not all I mean. It’s the movers and shakers who’ve planned, engineered, and shaped Indianapolis into the city it is today. In 1970, I worked in downtown, Indianapolis. It was aptly nicknamed, “Naptown.” Everything closed by 6pm, except Thursdays, when businesses stayed open until the late hour of 8pm. Having watched this sleepy Midwest town transition to a vibrant urban gathering place — I’m humbled, proud, and amazed at the transformation. I love my Super City Indy. Here’s why I believe Super events should be held in Super Indy:
Indy Has The Experience
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Since 1911, the single largest one-day event in the world has been held in Indianapolis, the Indy 500. Other events at the Speedway include the annual NASCAR Brickyard 400 and the Red Bull GP. We may be the most experienced city in the world at crowd control and directing traffic.
- NHRA Nationals
For almost 60 years, we have accommodated over 100,000 fans for this prestigious event.
- Final Four and More
Not only does Indy host the men’s and women’s basketball Final Four every 4-5 years, Indy has hosted the Championship NCAA events in volleyball, track and field, and swimming. Indy has been called the amature sports capital of the world and houses three NCAA conferences, several national sports associations, and the NCAA headquarters.
- Other Sporting Events
Not only is Indy prepared for the Colts home games, Indiana Pacers, and the Big Ten BB playoffs, but international events, as well, going back to the 1987 Pan Am Games and the World Basketball Championships in 2002.
Indy Is Prepared
- Capitol Improvement Board CIB
The CIB was formed in 1965, and manages, among other venues, the Indianapolis Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There have been three executive directors, seven presidents, and 56 board members. The list is a who’s who of Indianapolis over the past six decades.
- Indy Convention and Tourism — Visitindy
The official site for Indianapolis Tourism offers up-to-the-minute insights on where to go and what to do in Indy. Using traditional communications, and the latest in downloadable apps.
It gets back to the fine folks and our famous Hoosier hospitality. The Indy populace is always ready to help and participate. For example, over 8000 volunteered to help with Super Bowl 46 activities.
- Venues, Motels, Restaurants, and Stadiums
Indy has 128 hotels with 28,000 rooms downtown — many connected to over 400,000 square feet of exhibit space by skyways. Lucas Oil Stadium has been honored by Stadium Journey as the best stadium in America. Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse and the Bankers Life Fieldhouse are in the top 25.
Indy Has The Geographics
- Central Location
Indy is within driving distance of many large Midwestern cities.
- Centrally Located Downtown
Most attractions, restaurants, and events are only a short cab ride away, and many are within walking distance. It’s easy to get around in Indy.
I appreciate the recognition and international exposure Indianapolis is receiving for hosting Super Bowl 46, but I believe we’ve earned it, and are ready to show the world we are Super Indy. Indy doesn’t have to be the biggest or sunniest to be the best at hosting sporting events. Don’t just take my word for it — read why friend, Jeff Stanger, calls Indy the “best sports town in America.”