Now we know, it will be the NFC Champion New York Giants against the AFC Champion New England Patriots at this year’s Super Bowl, which will held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 46th annual Super Bowl will take place Sunday, February 5th. In two hard-fought games Sunday, it was anybody’s guess which teams would come out on top. All four deserve to move on, as they played their hearts out. The Giants defeated the San Francisco 49’ers in overtime, 20-17. The Baltimore Ravens lost out to the Patriots by a mere 23-20 score for the AFC title. The last time I checked, there were 1,076 tickets listed in prices ranging from $2,314 to $60,519. Luckily, we have a very nice high definition television that will furnish our Super Bowl experience! If you are one of the lucky ones to go, why not order your team hardhats now, to wear to the game and work. Show your support for your team!
The Indianapolis Host Committee has several fun things planned for the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. You are invited to a HealthBowl, backed by the NFL, it is a free interactive health fair with fun activities for all. Persons can have free health screenings, an Xbox virtual workout, or participate in the HealthBowl 5K run/walk. The Legacy Loop 5K Run/Walk is one of the opening Super Bowl XLVI festivities. Proceeds from the event will benefit NEWCO (Near Eastside Community Organization). There’s also a “Snowman Challenge, where great prizes will be awarded to the top 5 snowmen along the 5K Run/Walk Route. Another fun activity is observing healthy cooking demonstrations with the Chef’s Academy. (You might be lucky and get to be on stage with a Chef and possibly an NFL player!)
The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee is proud to partner with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center (“Komen Tissue Bank”), to develop Indy’s Super Cure. The Super Cure initiative capitalizes on Indianapolis’ robust health and life sciences resources to propel the search for a cure. In order to make Super Bowl XLVI More Than a Game, Indy’s Super Cure invites you to assist in this fight and make a difference. Indianapolis is home to the world’s only known tissue bank (Komen Tissue Bank) that collects healthy breast tissue for cancer study and research.
City inspectors are working on overtime and flex schedules. The department will continue its routine inspections across the city. In an article written by John Tuohy, for the Indy Star, security concerns and keeping order will be part of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s job. There will be 3,000 IMPD officers, firefighter and paramedics working from the Thursday before the game through Sunday, Feb 5th. These will include 100 undercover officers, who will crack down on ticket and property counterfeiters, prostitutes, and pickpockets. The FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration will join the local police departments. There is nothing more important during this event than the public’s safety.
S.A.F.E. Management Team is under contract to furnish trained staff for security in field and locker rooms, press box attendants, guest services, such as greeters, hosts, hostesses, and other guest services. S.A.F.E. Management has been in the security business since 1994, and has security contracts with several NFL teams and other special events, such as large concerts.
The Super Bowl Host Committee has brought in an independent inspector, as well. Public safety is their number one priority, whether it’s weather-related or anything else. The inspection of these structures is of the utmost importance. Downtown Indianapolis will have a zipline attraction, as well as vendor tents of all sizes. All of these tents must be inspected and the smaller ones must withstand winds of 45 to 50 mph, while the largest tents must be up to the code of a permanent building. Some of the tents will handle overflow crowds from bars and restaurants. The city is working in tandem with the state fire marshal to ensure that businesses are not overcrowded and that customers have a way out in an emergency. They want to make sure that everyone has an evacuation plan. There is a lot going on behind the scenes now; residents are to be assured that the police will continue to their patrols in the rest of the city during the time of Super Bowl activities and the big game.
We hope for good weather and that all fans have a good time. As with any other celebration, don’t drink and drive, stay safe in new surroundings, and have a good time!