Tourism & Hospitality

LEADING QUESTIONS: Debriefing with Super Bowl chief

February 9, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Melangton_Watch_VideoHost Committee CEO Allison Melangton opens up about the last three years. Why is she called "The Binder Whisperer"? How did she react to pushback against "super scarves"? When did she need to get tough with the NFL?
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Koch family takes another step toward Kentucky park

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of Holiday World have taken another step toward re-opening an amusement park near Louisville known as Kentucky Kingdom that closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana stage builder cited in state fair disaster

February 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The State Labor Department says the company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse showed "plain indifference" to safety standards.
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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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Indianapolis cleans up after 1.1M Super Bowl guests

February 6, 2012
Scott Olson
More than 1.1 million people visited Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis during its 10-day run, far outpacing expectations by host committee leaders.
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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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Super Bowl XLVI: hometown affair without hometown team

February 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Indianapolis-specific Super Bowl gear is outselling souvenirs commemorating the teams actually playing in the game, reflecting Hoosiers' enthusiasm for this year's festivities.
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Downtown crowds still strong even after game time

February 5, 2012
Scott Olson
Thousands of people stayed downtown to watch the game from a nearby restaurant or bar, many of which had lines stretching out the front door to get inside.
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Police adjust downtown crowd-control plan after injuries

February 4, 2012
Associated Press
Overwhelming "human gridlock" in Indianapolis' Super Bowl Village was causing police to rethink crowd control Saturday on the eve of the big game.
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Super Bowl payoff substantial, but may fall short of hype

February 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
There’s no doubt the Super Bowl crowds showered Indianapolis with cash all week. The question is, how much of it will stick after the big game is over? And how much will it mean to Indianapolis’ economy?
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Travel club startup patterned after Ambassadair trying to raise $5 millionRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A former employee of Ambassadair travel club is trying to raise $5.3 million to finance the first six months of a business created in its image.
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Landing another Super Bowl might not be such a long shot after all

February 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Talk of bringing another Super Bowl to Indianapolis began soon after week-long festivities kicked off for the 2012 game, but city leaders will have to find a way to generate more revenue for the NFL and its 32 team owners for Indianapolis to muscle its way into a regular Super Bowl rotation.
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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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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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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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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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Festivities draw record crowds downtown

January 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Super Bowl Village’s opening weekend met local organizers’ expectations—and then some—drawing more than 205,000 visitors from Friday through Sunday.
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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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City leaders determined to use global spotlight to build cachet

January 28, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
City leaders are working feverishly to maximize Indianapolis' week in the Super Bowl spotlight, hoping to brand the Circle City in the minds of convention and leisure travelers as a place to return and spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade.
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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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Conner Prairie attendance up slightly in 2011

January 26, 2012
Visits to the park in 2011 increased nearly 2 percent from the previous year, to 218,063, thanks in part to the opening of its $4.4 million Civil War exhibit.
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