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Guide to Visiting Indianapolis Before and During the Super Bowl

It's America's unofficial holiday and it's coming to Indianapolis. Take in the action and excitement of the 2012 Super Bowl with this Insider's Guide to experiencing the Super City before and during the big game.

Indianapolis will be pulsating with excitement this February and you don’t need Super Bowl tickets to get in on the action, because there is a ton to do outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

With a weeklong schedule packed with events, parties, the NFL Experience, Super Bowl Village and more, there will be plenty of ways for fans to take part in the 2012 Super Bowl celebrations. In addition, you’ll be happy to learn about all the great hotel packages--starting as low as $89--available during the week leading up to the game. For remaining hotel inventory on Super Bowl weekend click here.

Use our guide to navigating the city during Super Bowl week in Indianapolis to be sure you take advantage of all the amazing activities. If you'll be driving and parking, please Know Before You Go.

Get your tickets for the NFL Experience here.

Click here for a complete list of Super Bowl attractions.

NFL Experience

For true football fans, the NFL Experience is the one thing during Super Bowl XLVI that can’t be missed. Widely known as THE place for fans during the 2012 Super Bowl, the NFL Experience is an "interactive theme park" that includes games, entertainment, clinics, a monstrous memorabilia show, autograph sessions with former players, live programming from the NFL Network and much more. Fans can spend hours inside the Indiana Convention Center taking in all that the experience has to offer.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12. The NFL Experience opens on Friday, January 27, and the excitement continues through Saturday, February 4, in the Indiana Convention Center. Get your tickets here.

Super Bowl Village

The heart of the Super Bowl action will be in downtown Indianapolis at the three-block interactive fan environment known as Super Bowl Village. AFC and NFC fans, families, visitors and locals alike can enjoy this ultimate, free fan zone that spans from Bankers Life Fieldhouse all the way to the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center via the newly redesigned Georgia Street.

In addition to endless entertainment, interactive games, Tailgate Town, live concerts on two different stages, bars and other attractions, fans can also fly over Super Bowl Village with four zip lines that traverse Capitol Avenue.

Did we mention that the downtown celebrations at Super Bowl Village are FREE?! Click here to download a Super Bowl Village Map.


Visitors flying in to Indianapolis International Airport for Super Bowl XLVI won’t have any problems locating transportation. With buses, taxis and shuttles, there will be plenty of ways to get in and out of the city.

Super Bowl Transportation

In addition, the NFL is launching the Know Before You Go program in mid-December to provide many more details on transportation within the city, park-and-ride systems, road closings and other information that could affect your commute.

Know Before You Go will assist local residents and out-of-town visitors in their travels to downtown Indianapolis for both work purposes and Super Bowl events. For detailed information about road restrictions, recommended travel routes, transportation, downloadable maps and real-time updates to help navigate downtown Indianapolis during Super Bowl XLVI.

Visit the Super Bowl City!

Indianapolis Super Bowl 2012

As you can see, you don’t need tickets to the Super Bowl to get in on the fun in Indianapolis this winter. If you’re in the mood for some super excitement, then head to Indianapolis this February to enjoy all the amenities the Super Bowl in Indy has to offer.

Want a more exclusive super stay in Indianapolis? While many hotels are already booked for the week of Super Bowl XLVI, there are still hotel rooms available for a few weeks prior to the big game. With that in mind, we encourage you to see the super city before the 2012 Super Bowl and head to Indianapolis to see it for yourself!

Check out our full list of hotels in Indianapolis to start planning your Super trip! For remaining hotel inventory on Super Bowl weekend click here.

Celebration Sites

Super Bowl 2012 Celebration Sites

If you can’t make it to downtown Indianapolis, don’t worry! With more than 150,000 people visiting Indy there will be different celebration sites throughout the city. From Broad Ripple to Fountain Square, Plainfield to Greenfield and from Carmel to Greenwood, fans will be gathering at Super Bowl celebration sites throughout Central Indiana to take part in the action. Many sites will be offering free shuttles to and from downtown, making travel plans easy. The excitement from downtown will extend to these hubs of dining, culture and entertainment.

Learn more about Super Celebration Sites so you don't miss any of the fun.

Super Cars

Super Bowl Super Car

Indianapolis is known as the "Racing Capital of the World" and our auto-racing heritage is merging head on with the NFL for Super Bowl week. Fans will be on the hunt for 33 Indy Cars, each sporting custom NFL team graphics, located in and around the city. Find your team car, get your picture taken and you might just unlock special rewards.

Click here to download a map of all Super Car locations.

Super Bowl Events

Super Bowl Village

With so much happening, from performances in Super Bowl Village to exclusive parties, making the most of your experience will take planning. Click here to check out a full list of Super Bowl events in Indianapolis.

Restaurants & Entertainment

Super Bowl Restaurants and Entertainment

Super Bowl visitors will be hungry and thirsty during all of this NFL excitement, and with hundreds of great restaurants around the city, they won’t be disappointed. While tons of restaurants will be open in downtown Indianapolis to serve the thousands of people participating in the NFL Experience, even more restaurants outside of downtown will be open to satisfy everyone’s appetites. To find a restaurant anywhere in Indianapolis, browse our list of restaurants and nightlife, or use our Insider’s Guide to Restaurants in Indianapolis to see where the locals eat.

Connect with the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee

For up-to-date information on all of the Super Bowl XLVI activities, connect with the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.

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