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City closing 2,000 parking meters for Super Bowl events

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Headed downtown to check out the NFL Experience or Super Bowl Village or just soak up the festive atmosphere?

Don't expect to park at a meter, unless you're willing to walk several blocks. And if your standby parking spot is at Circle Centre, expect to pay more than usual.

The city plans to close every metered parking space south of Michigan Street for 10 days beginning on Friday and extending until the Monday morning after Super Bowl XLVI. The closure will affect 2,058 spaces. Remaining spaces north of Michigan Street will continue charging the usual rates.

The rationale for eliminating so many meter spaces: to provide additional traffic lanes on streets that remain open during Super Bowl festivities and to reserve a place to pile snow if the weather does not cooperate, said Mel Raines, vice president of event operations for the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.

The city will not be required to reimburse ParkIndy, the company that operates the parking meters under a concession agreement, because the Super Bowl qualifies as a "special event" based on the number of attendees and duration, said Kara Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.

The garages at Circle Centre mall, another popular parking option, on Friday will begin charging a $20 flat rate for up to eight hours and $40 for longer periods. The rates will remain in effect through Monday, when mall management plans to reevaluate whether to offer a flat hourly rate in the week before the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl Host Committee is encouraging those partaking in the festivities to utilize a park-and-ride option with pick-up locations at 327 N. Illinois St., the Market District Garage at 101 N. New Jersey St., and the former airport long-term parking lot at 2155 S. High School Road.

More than 23,500 people had booked a ride as of Wednesday, Raines said. Some popular dates, including Saturday, already are sold out. Park-and-ride tickets are just $2 per person if booked in advance.

Another option for people looking to come downtown in the days before the game is IndyGo, which is offering free rides on its system Feb. 2-5.

The city's Super Bowl transportation and parking plan, developed in consultation with traffic engineers and IMPD, also calls for a cab stand on Virginia Avenue between Delaware and Pennsylvania streets, Raines said.

She encouraged downtown visitors to heed the Super Bowl Committee's "Know before you go" mantra and make a plan for travel routes and parking in advance.

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  • kimmie
    Well said!
  • Overkill
    This is insane for the businesses all over downtown to have no parking and no access for over 10 days.

    If they need the room for snow then ban the parking when it snows not now.

    I was planning on going down to check this out but the more they do the less I want to go.

    I cannot wait for this to be over as when we have the Final 4, Big Ten Championships or Indy 500 equally important events it is not nearly as inconvenient as this has been.

  • Dunkin Donuts
    "The rationale for eliminating so many meter spaces: to provide additional traffic lanes on streets that remain open during Super Bowl festivities and to reserve a place to pile snow if the weather does not cooperate, said Mel Raines, vice president of event operations for the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee." But what about us that just want a donut and a cup of coffee from DD on Pennsylvania on the way to work?! I don't work downtown, but I do support downtown businesses... when I can get to them.
  • What a mess....
    I sat headed north on Delaware at the intersection of Maryland last night on the way home from work for 15 minutes.... what a joke! Indianapolis police are ill equipped to handle a large volume of traffic. There was some guy supposedly manually runnin the light so eastbound on Maryland got a green light for 3.5 minutes at a pop while north bound on Delaware got a green light for 12 seconds at a pop. Delaware was back clear up to South Street.
  • Mass Ave?
    Hi All,

    Does anyone know if this is meant to include Mass Ave? It seems to be outside of the boundaries of special traffic routing...

    Thanks!
  • Perfect Solution
    To achieve more traffic lanes and better traffic flow downtown - it's simple - eliminate all of these goofy bike lanes that waste space and never are used - and while we are at it, replace the goofy mayor who is responsible for this mess - what a joke...
  • Parking Meters
    R U kidding me! How will the loss of revenue to the city be made up in order to keep the contractor from raising meter prices again to recover the lost revenue. The NFL should be putting more money up to offset these losses in revenue. It is bad enough they hornswoggeled the city/state into getting over 6,000 idiot volunteers to do the work that could/should have been a seasonally paid position to the people who are unemployed and would have directly benefitted from the opportunity. I guarentee you that the money earned would have went directly into the local economy for food, housing, utilities, and personal items for children as well as tax revenue to the city/state governments. Very sad how we have bent over backwards so the NFL owners can be treated like royalty and the unemployed get screwed out of an opportunity to put food on the table. Soooo Sad...

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