Sporting Events

Super Celebration site turnout less than expected

February 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Outlying communities say they saw steady ridership on free shuttles heading to and from downtown Indianapolis, but the sites received fewer Super Bowl visitors than expected.
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Super Bowl draws record 111.3M viewers on NBC

February 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
For the third consecutive year, the Super Bowl set a record as the most-watched television show in U.S. history.
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Super Bowl just misses major-market TV-rating record

February 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
The New York Giants’ 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in Sunday night’s Super Bowl narrowly missed drawing the highest major-market television rating in National Football League history.
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Fans encountering smooth departures at airport

February 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The most congested area of Indianapolis International Airport Monday morning may have been the Lids souvenir stand at the center of the food court.
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Lucas Oil gets brand boost from Super Bowl venue

February 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Any company with its name attached to the Super Bowl is about to score one of its biggest marketing bounces of the year. And none will realize a bigger victory than California-based Lucas Oil Co.
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N.Y., New Orleans eyeing Indy's Super Bowl playbook

February 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis, which is being noted as the cleanest and friendliest Super Bowl site, is being called a "hard act to follow" by future host cities.
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UIndy capitalizing on Super Bowl attention

February 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The New York Giants are practicing at the private university on the south side of the city, giving it the type of attention that money can't buy.
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ESPN pleased with Pan Am Plaza broadcast decision

February 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The sports network originally considered broadcasting from Monument Circle, but chose the plaza because the location has Lucas Oil Stadium as an ideal backdrop.
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Indiana union leader promises no Super Bowl skirmish

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
The president of Indiana AFL-CIO is promising union members will not disrupt the Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis after efforts to block right-to-work legislation failed.
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Indianapolis Children's Choir lands big Super Bowl gig

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forty-five members of Indianapolis Children's Choir will sing the national anthem along with recording artist Kelly Clarkson at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday.
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Super Bowl average ticket price slips to $3,664

February 2, 2012
Bloomberg News
The average ticket price for the Super Bowl rematch between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in Indianapolis has fallen 15 percent in the last six days, according to sellers on the secondary market.
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Feds seize nearly $5M in phony Super Bowl goods

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
Federal officials say authorities have seized nearly $5 million worth of phony Super Bowl sportswear and merchandise in a nationwide sweep.
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Party planners hope to cash in on Super Bowl

February 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Local companies helping with game's festivities are using their home turf to showcase their talents in hopes it will lead to more work at future Super Bowls.
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Indy gets dose of star power with Super Bowl

February 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis will become a celebrity magnet over the next few days as Madonna and an assortment of stars from film, music and TV arrive for four compact days of entertainment and partying tied to the Super Bowl.
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Retailer Lids strives for Super Bowl dominance

February 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
Lids Sports Group is emerging as an early Super Bowl winner among local businesses after betting big that souvenir sales would shine.
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Super Bowl events put spotlight on IndyCar

February 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Fans and media outlets have flocked to NFL-themed IndyCars and Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, giving the open-wheel series and its biggest race millions of dollars worth of exposure at a critical time.
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NFL prepares for counterfeiters of Super Bowl merchandise

February 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The National Football League, along with the New England Patriots and New York Giants, have received court permission to seize items that aren't officially licensed by the NFL.
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Neighborhoods outside downtown hoping for big crowds, too

February 1, 2012
Scott Olson
Starting Thursday, a free shuttle service will carry Super Bowl visitors to Indianapolis-area hotspots such as Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square and Broad Ripple, or as far away as Carmel, Greenfield, Shelbyville or the village of Zionsville.
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Fans' first Super Bowl media day a hot ticket

January 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Media day has long been a major attraction at the Super Bowl, and this year for the first time, fans—many from the Indianapolis area—were allowed to experience the carnival atmosphere first-hand.
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Average price of Super Bowl ticket slides on secondary market

January 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
The average price for a ticket to the Feb. 5 game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis fell to $3,982 on Monday, down from $4,311 since Jan. 27.
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Indy airport helping city make strong first impressions

January 30, 2012
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis International Airport Authority and Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee know impressions begin when people arrive in the city and continue to be formed when they depart.
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VIDEO: Quick trip down the zipline

January 27, 2012
Mason King
zipline watch videoIBJ gets an advance preview of Super Bowl Village's zipline experience, which will lose money for the host committee over 10 days in the name of ramping up overall buzz.
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With Super Bowl, city seeks to distinguish itself

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Like every host city, Indianapolis has tried to stand out with unusual features for the 10-day party it's hosting for the nation. But will any of those things become standard parts of future Super Bowl experiences?

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Indiana legislators OK tougher sex-trafficking law

January 27, 2012
Associated Press
A bill to toughen Indiana's penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend's Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
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Former Borders space lands tenant for Super Bowl

January 26, 2012
Scott Olson
South Florida sports agent Howard Jaffe's Barjaf Group is temporarily leasing the space, which will feature a nightclub in which rapper Nelly is set to perform the night before the Super Bowl.
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