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One Week Away from Super Bowl XLVI

Indianapolis is going wild over the NFL, and it has very little to do with Peyton Mannning. The Circle City is teeming with excitement for the opportunity to host their first-ever Super Bowl, and is well prepared to throw the biggest party Indiana has ever seen.

The eyes of the world will be focused on Lucas Oil Stadium next Sunday, as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots prepare to battle the New York Giants and Peyton’s brother, Eli Manning. The much-anticipated game is a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants upset the undefeated Pats. The story-lines in and around this game seem to be as deep and complex as a Hollywood movie script, but the hardworking Super Bowl XLVI host committee and thousands of volunteers have helped to turn downtown Indy into a Las Vegas-style block party.

The main strip in front of the Indiana convention center has been turned into a Super Bowl village, equipped with food, drink, music, and even mobile heaters. Indycar has designed special racers, one for each of the 32 NFL teams, that line the street in front of Monument Circle downtown. There is even a zip line that stretches across the front of the convention center, where fans can literally fly over the crowd at the village on a single-person harness. Inside the convention center is the NFL Experience, where fans can meet players, see Super Bowl memorabilia, kick a field goal, throw a pass over a defender, and even have a custom Super Bowl football made. Tickets for this year’s NFL Experience have outsold any previous Super Bowl.

There is a concert stage in the village, where acts such as LMFAO, Darius Rucker, Brett Michaels, and even the Village People will be performing nightly. Aside from the main concerts, local promoters have tent parties going on as well, featurning drinks, deejays, and performances from Pitbull, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and many others. Local nightclubs will also be hosting parties sponsored by the likes of ESPN, Playboy, and Maxim.

This entire experience must be seen to be believed. Indianapolis is going to party all week long, and has truely dressed the Hoosier state up to impress. Yes, the eyes of the world will be on the big game in Lucas Oil Stadium, but the celebration will be in the streets of the Circle City.

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