Tourism & Hospitality

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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More downtown streets set to close before big game

January 26, 2012
Several streets will close Friday as Indianapolis gears up to host the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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Social media to play big role in Super Bowl

January 25, 2012
Scott Olson
A social media command center will monitor the digital fan conversation via Facebook, Twitter and other platforms, and respond to visitors who need assistance.
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NFL decides to add 5,000 tickets to Super Bowl mix

January 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NFL officials on Monday said they plan to expand Lucas Oil Stadium's capacity to 68,000 during the Feb. 5 event in Indianapolis. Capacity for Colts games is typically 63,000.
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Super Bowl matchup ‘touchdown’ for city, experts say

January 23, 2012
Scott Olson
The game will be a sellout no matter which teams are playing. But a showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is particularly intriguing from an economic impact standpoint.
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Megabus adds Indianapolis service to NashvilleRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Music City route begins March 14. Previously available routes travel to Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.
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Super Bowl parties are boon for fledgling downtown venue

January 19, 2012
Mason King
Crane Bay watch videoThe operators of the new Crane Bay Event Center two blocks west of Lucas Oil Stadium expect to more than recoup their $1.2 million investment in renovating the space by hosting high-profile parties before the Super Bowl, including the Rolling Stone events.
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Super Bowl plans set for former Nordstrom space

January 17, 2012
Scott Olson
An after-hours nightclub and a sports apparel shop operated by Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group will occupy much of the space, dubbed "The Huddle," during the festivities starting on Jan. 27.
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Bill requiring Indiana stage inspections advances

January 17, 2012
Associated Press
All outdoor stages in Indiana would have to pass inspections before any performances under a bill approved by a state Senate committee.
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Interest expressed in reopening amusement park

January 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The owners of an Indiana amusement park are expressing interest in operating Kentucky Kingdom, which closed more than two years ago.
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Indiana lawmakers ponder more for state fair victims

January 16, 2012
Associated Press
State lawmakers could provide an additional $4 million to victims of last summer's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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CIB expects to lose money during Super Bowl

January 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, which manages Lucas Oil Stadium, is budgeting for an $810,000 loss on expenses related to the game. The city, however, expects a $200 million economic impact.
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Downtown businesses make adjustments for Super Bowl weekendRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
Downtown businesses that are not in tourist-dependent industries are girding for Super Bowl weekend, hoping their spot in the big game’s storm shadow brings only a light dusting of logistical, scheduling and personnel hassles.
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City boosts 2011 convention sales 13 percent

January 13, 2012
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association booked nearly 735,000 hotel room nights in 2011 for conventions and meetings.
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Indiana fair concerts going to expanded coliseum

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Commission decided Thursday to permanently move its outdoor grandstand concerts indoors and authorized spending $3.8 million to help prepare their new home: The Pepsi Coliseum located nearby on the north side Indianapolis fairgrounds.
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Workers sue 10 hotels, allege wage violations

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The lawsuit alleges that the hotels and subcontractor Hospitality Staffing Solutions regularly failed to pay employees for all the hours they worked and forced them to work off the clock without breaks.
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Outlying Super Celebration sites prepare for fans

January 8, 2012
Associated Press
Twenty Super Celebration sites — selected by the Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee with visitors in mind — include seven located outside the metro area in Anderson, Bloomington, Columbus, Lafayette-West Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond/Wayne County, and Shelbyville.
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Premium prices sought for parking during Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Associated Press
Fans who come to downtown Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday had better be prepared to pay some big prices to park during the big game.
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