At the time of this writing, kickoff of Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium is just 23 Days, 4 Hours, 42 minutes, and some-odd seconds away. But the effects of hosting the game in Indianapolis will be felt sooner than that, with official Super Bowl activities beginning on Friday, January 27th.
With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a heads up about how all the festivities will affect travel around the area, and what to do about parking once you get there.
The first thing you need to know is that there will be a number of traffic restrictions, beginning January 19, in the downtown area around Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, and the Super Bowl Village, which will be located on Georgia Street. According to the Super Bowl Indianapolis Host Committee website, “This pedestrian-friendly plan will provide safe and efficient access to downtown for local workers and residents, while ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic and pedestrians around the events for our visitors.”
The Host Committee website includes information you will need to Know Before You Go downtown, such as:
- Downtown street restrictions
- Recommended routes to get around the downtown area and how to avoid closed streets
- Best routes into and out of downtown
- Parking downtown
- Alternate Park and Ride options
- Alternatives to driving your car downtown
The host committee recommends that if you do drive downtown during this period, you should turn off your GPS device as it will not be able to account for Super Bowl street restrictions! View and print all maps here.
Streets and areas to be affected by these restrictions include:
- Capitol Avenue
- Illinois Street (North and South of Georgia Street)
- Meridian Street (North and South of Georgia Street)
- Monument Circle (Southern Half) and Meridian Street
- Market Street (west of Monument Circle)
- Pennsylvania Street
- Georgia Street (Capitol Avenue to Illinois Street, and Meridian Street to Pennsylvania Street)
- South Street
- Missouri Street (Closed Super Bowl Weekend only)
- Merrill Street
Additionally, on Super Bowl Sunday, I-70 Exit 79A, West Street off I-70, will be closed to through traffic, and Russell Avenue will have partial closure. Find out how to navigate around downtown to avoid street closures.
On Tuesday, we will discuss parking downtown and its alternatives.
It took a lot of work to get it here, its been a long time coming, but the Super Bowl has finally arrived in Indy, so let’s take advantage of it. Starting next Friday, we’ll tell you about some of the exciting events and activities you can participate in, even if you don’t have a ticket to the game. For example:
- Be your own Football Star at the NFL Experience
- Visit the FREE, family-friendly Super Bowl Village, a ten-day, three-block interactive festival of football
- Join the Pros at the Super Bowl Breakfast, Hall of Fame Luncheon, or Taste of the NFL
These are just a few of the dozens Super Bowl-related events in and around the downtown area.
Now the commercial (everybody’s favorite part of the broadcast, right?):
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