On Wednesday, I wandered the streets of downtown Indianapolis with video camera in hand. The streets had been miraculously transformed into the Super Bowl 46 village. The village is well designed, vibrant, exciting, and all within a few blocks of Lucas Oil Stadium.

We thought a man-on-the-street interview would be fun, so I chatted with New Yorkers, folks from Massachusetts, and visitors from all over the country. Some had previously been to Indy for the Final Four, Indy 500, or one of the many amateur and professional sporting events Indy hosts. For many, it was their first visit. Everyone I spoke with had a common opinion — they loved it. They loved the easy access, close proximity of events, and the people. They appreciated our Hoosier hospitality.

The next open Super Bowl is 2016 — The Big SB 50. Los Angeles, South Florida, and all the major metro areas are vying for it. I believe Indy has shown the world it may be the most focused place in the nation to hold a sporting event. We’ve proved size and climate aren’t the only or most important considerations. For example, people don’t question whether Las Vegas is big enough to be an entertainment mecca, do they? Indianapolis isn’t the biggest market, but if you want to hold a sporting event, it may be the best.

“Let’s go, Super Bowl – 5-0 to Indy-oh!”

“Let’s go, Super Bowl – 5-0 to Indy-oh!”

“Let’s go, Super Bowl – 5-0 to Indy-oh!”