Super Blog—Two Things
As I’m starting the weekend here in Indy, I’ve been thinking about what all I’ve seen this week. Two subjects stand out: the crowd and the security.
1st, I’m fully expecting to receive my first body cavity search Sunday before I get into the stadium. Security for media day tuesday was 80 times more aggressive than getting on a plane. Police are protecting Lucas Oil Stadium this week like it’s Fort Knox. They’ve closed surrounding streets and placed massive concrete barriers around the building’s perimeter. It’s a super intense scene. People working security for this event are stashed about every 50 feet or so, and if the guy 50 feet ago checked your bag and ID, the next person would like to see them, also.
But in the heart of downtown it’s a different vibe. That’s where the people are. Keep in mind that Lucas Oil Stadium’s capacity for this game is 68,000—more than 30k fewer seats than just last year. Face value for the cheapest seat is about $900. That means people are flocking to the city knowing good and well that they will not get into the stadium. People just want to be in the city, and the Super Bowl Village is a perfect fit for those people. I saw people, thousands of them, walking through downtown drinking beers and listening to music at 1p Friday. There’s a great batch of activities around the downtown area to keep random visitors occupied all day, especially the popular NFL Experience show at the Convention Center.
Last night we took a helicopter shot of downtown and the crowd was massive for the LMFAO concert—people as far as you could see. They were, in fact, Party Rocking.
Indy so far is drawing rave reviews as a host city (warmer weather has certainly helped) and I’m happy to say to say I’m a part of it.
Off to prepare for a gameday groping. Gross.