The Hampton Inn in downtown Indianapolis was transformed into the Bud Light Hotel for the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVI 46 at Lucas Oil Stadium. This HDR photo of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis was taken at just before 1:00am early Sunday morning, just hours before the big game match up between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. This photo was taken at the corner of Meridian St and Maryland St, just a couple blocks south of Monument Circle.
It wasn’t until the last minute before I had even decided to show up in Indianapolis to take in the Super Bowl XLVI 46 festivities. Rose and I talked about the uniqueness of the Super Bowl being held in Indianapolis and I explained to her that the Super Bowl doesn’t typically come into cold winter states unless they have a doomed stadium, and even then the chances are still unlikely. This opportunity might not present itself again for another decade or so as we expect the harsh weather to keep the Super Bowl out of Chicago for years to come.
Indianapolis is a very unique city to me and certainly one that doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. It’s an overlooked city; shadowed by nearby Chicago in size while also the second largest city in the Midwest (Chicago being the first). Indianapolis is the 12th largest city by population in the country, larger than Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Miami and even Washington DC. Indianapolis has one NFL team and one NBA team, multiple colleges and universities and a scenic river and state park that runs just outside of the downtown area. Despite Indianapolis having held several NCAA Final Four tournaments, the Indianapolis 500 and other monumental sporting events, this underrated city gets little love, but for one night in February, the entire world watched as Indianapolis hosted one of the most anticipated match ups in Super Bowl history take place. With a record 111 million viewers tuning into the big game, Indianapolis stood proud as a friendly Midwest city that has plenty of food and amenities to offer. Hopefully this spotlight helps to get some footing under Indianapolis as a tourist destination, or at the least, a great city to stay in while passing through the State of Indiana.
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