The Super Bowl festivities have descended upon Indianapolis. We’ve been waiting—all the build-up, all the hype—and finally it’s here. The Big Game. However, instead of feeling excited, you may be feeling annoyed, put upon and even inconvenienced at the road closings, delays and general distractions from the normalcy of your own life.
I want you to stop. Just stop right there, reverse it and get an attitude adjustment. If you let this chance pass you by without so much as a double blink in the downtown direction, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.
Remember when you were little and you could hardly contain the excitement of the night before Christmas, or your first ride on the “big kid bike” or even the last day of school with a long stretch of summer ahead? Living in a Super Bowl city is the exact same feeling–the electricity that surrounds the city, the events and the people is palpable. People have an elevated enthusiasm, almost a childlike quality about them during this time. Don’t believe me? Check out some of these events over the next week to experience it for yourself.
That’s right, the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis will host over 40 different free concerts with both internationally-known and local bands and musicians. Acts include rocker Brett Michaels, pop-turned-country musician Darius Rucker, country band Dierks Bentley, popular hip-hop group LMFAO, R&B queen Patti LaBelle, 70s icons The Village People … and that is just the very tip of the iceberg.
Check out the events calendar for a full listing of concerts and events.
Not only can you hear free music, but you can also meet some of your favorite radio and television personalities and talk show hosts. If you missed the official sign-up for tickets to the Jimmy Fallon show in Indianapolis, you can get on the stand-by list to be part of his studio audience while he is in Indy.
Popular Q95 radio personalities Bob & Tom will be at Circle Centre Mall on Thursday, February 2, and Friday, February, 3. Visit with them and have “Breakfast with Bob & Tom” from a Bloody Mary bar while you listen to the show.
ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, SportsCenter, SportsNation, NFL Live, NFL32 and even the game day countdown is broadcasting live in the ESPN Broadcast Studio. Be sure to check it out at the Pan Am Plaza.
Super Bowl Village
Super Bowl Village is a “three-block interactive festival of football” where many of the activities will take place. The Village will have food offerings in the “Fire and Ice” lounges, a 360-degree inflated NFL dome with full-body gaming on Kinect for Xbox 36, “Tailgate Town” with “tailgate competitions and football turf offering interactive game playing,” and even the longest temporary Zipline in the U.S. running down Capitol Avenue. They’ll also have warming stations (to warm your frozen tootsies), traveling street entertainers and a host of other things to keep the family occupied.
The Super Bowl Village opens today, Friday, January 27, and runs daily through Sunday, February 5.
There is no charge to enter The Village, but there may be charges for additional items like food, drinks and the Zipline.
See the Super Bowl Village Map
The NFL Experience, located in the 50,000-square foot Indianapolis Convetion Center, is a “pro football interactive theme park.” Offerings include games, displays, entertainment, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever presented.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for kids 12 and under, and children under 2 are free.
Once inside the Experience, you can stay as long as you want to enjoy the festivities.
So, go on, unleash your inner child and get back that electric excitement for just a little while. You’re normal (boring) life will be back the way it was in a couple of weeks.
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