What: The NFL PREP Leadership Series: Sports Career Expo
Where: Pike Performing Arts Center
6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
When: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Sports Career Expo enlists professionals from all aspects of the sports industry to inform, educate and enlighten high school student athletes about career opportunities available in the professional sports industry.
What: Indianapolis Youth Education Town Ribbon Cutting at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Who: Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Mayor; Antoine Bethea, Anthony Gonzalez and Brandon King, Indianapolis Colts players; Andre Carson, Representative; Chris Draft, Geneo Riley, Darrin Smith, Damon Watts, Retired NFL players; Toby Gerhart (Minnesota Vikings) and Demarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys), NFL players; Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner; Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner; Mark Miles, Chairman, 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee; James Taylor, President and CEO; Dr. Eugene White, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools
Where: Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and Indianapolis YET
725 North Oriental Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
When: 11:00 a.m.
NFL Charities donates $1 million annually as part of its Super Bowl Legacy Grant initiative to support under-served youngsters in Super Bowl host cities. For the last 18 years, NFL Charities has supported the construction of Youth Education Towns (YETs) in Super Bowl cities nationwide as a lasting legacy of the game. The YET program is aimed at positively impacting youth in at-risk neighborhoods. This year, NFL Charities contributed $1 million to fund the establishment of the Indianapolis YET.
Prior to the press conference, current and former NFL players who received NFL Charities grants and NFL Youth Football Fund grants within the past year will host an NFL Giving youth football clinic in partnership with USA Football at 10:00 a.m. for local children at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and YET.
What: Military Outreach
Where: Camp Atterbury
Edinburgh, IN 46124
When: 2:00 p.m.
NFL players, Colts cheerleaders and team mascot, Blue, will meet with more than 1,000 soldiers and their families. The event will feature autographs, photos, food and beverage and a question and answer session with the NFL players. Local high school football players will also attend the event
What: Tazon Latino VI
Where: Indiana Convention Center, NFL Experience
When: 2:00 p.m.
This event features notable NFL alumni and Hispanic celebrities competing in a flag football game televised nationally on Univision.
What: 3rd Ranger Battalion Combat Veteran
Where: Touchdown Alley, Super Bowl Village
When: 5:30 p.m.
Cory Smith is highlighting the difficult transition so many veterans face by making a very difficult, public and personal transition – he’s running home. Home for Cory is Indianapolis, 565 miles from Columbus, Georgia. Cory has teamed up with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Gallant Few, Inc. which helps veterans by finding veterans who have already previously made their own transition and are now successful civilians
What: VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam
Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Pepsi Coliseum and Champions Pavilion
When: 6:00 p.m. Doors Open; 7:00 p.m. Live Show begins.
A premier, national-televised concert featuring star-studded performances by award-winning artists including Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B., All-American Rejects and guest appearances by top celebrities and NFL players.
What: Super Bowl Village
Theme: Super Heroes
Where: Georgia Street
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Daily attractions include:
Tailgate Town (games & tournaments)
Zipline ($10 a ride)
Kinect NFL PLAY 60 FanDome
ESPN Broadcast Studio
The Huddle at Circle Centre
Lights and pyrotechnics shows
Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield from Food Network’s Ice Brigade creating ice sculptures
Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders
Football field activities
Unique street performers
11:30 a.m. Hero, Jr. (Pepsi Stage)
12:45 p.m. John Spencer (Pepsi Stage)
2:00 p.m. Corey Cox (Verizon Stage)
3:15 p.m. Otis Gibbs (Pepsi Stage)
4:30 p.m. Sixpence None the Richer (Verizon Stage)
5:30 p.m. National Anthem performed by Angie Johnson. Color Guard by US Air Force Color Guard
5:45 p.m. Red Wanting Blue (Pepsi Stage)
7:00 p.m. Edwin McCain (Verizon Stage)
8:15 p.m. Gringo Star (Pepsi Stage)
9:00 p.m. (approximate time) Synchronized pyrotechnics, specialty lighting and video
9:30 p.m. Darius Rucker (Verizon Stage)
What: NFL Experience presented by GMC
Where: Indiana Convention Center
When: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Produced by the National Football League, the NFL Experience presented by GMC is a pro football interactive theme park that offers participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids' football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever. Tickets are available by going to www.Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-866-849-4635, or visiting the NFL Experience presented by GMC box office at the Indiana Convention Center. Online purchase orders can also be printed from ticket kiosks onsite at the Indiana Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale one hour before opening daily. To get a list of players signing autographs in the NFL Experience, call 1-888-635-2273 or visit www.SuperBowl.com.
What: Media Center Fan Gallery
Where: JW Marriott (Media Center)
When: Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets (free) available at NFL Shop at the Indiana Convention Center starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have free behind-the-scenes access to portions of the Media Center where they will be able to see NFL players, celebrities and other athletes interviewed at Radio Row. More information can be found here.
What: The Huddle
Where: Circle Centre Mall
When: 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
The Huddle will provide entertainment and dining options for visitors, as well as the LIDS Locker Room with a wide assortment of Super Bowl XLVI and NFL merchandise.
What: XLVI Roman Numerals Display
Where: South half of Monument Circle
What: Super Care Clinic
When: Open 24 hours beginning at 6:00 a.m.
Where: Union Station, 300 South Meridian, Suite #145
A full-service urgent care visit center operated by a coalition of Indianapolis-area healthcare facilities. More details at www.indysupercare.org
Transportation and Parking
Thursday will see the volume of motorists and pedestrians in downtown Indianapolis start to increase as Super Bowl ticketholders arrive in the city. Expect more congestion and delays throughout downtown including around the hotels and key venues like Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday (Mike Epps performance) and Saturday (Pacers vs. Magic game).
Monument Circle: Because of the popular XLVI Roman numeral display and the taping of the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, we continue to encourage motorists to avoid travel on the south half of Monument Circle. Traffic may be closed at times for public safety, especially during afternoon and evening hours. Caution should be used even when open.
Avoid Pinch Points: We are still encouraging motorists to avoid key “pinch” areas due to congestion and delays during peak rush hour periods unless traveling to specific destinations along those streets: Morning rush hour, avoid South Meridian and South Illinois north of South Street. Afternoon rush hour, avoid Capitol between Maryland and Washington Street, Maryland between Capitol and Pennsylvania, and Ohio between Delaware and Capitol.
Now is the time: If downtown workers haven’t tried public transportation or car pooling, now is the time. Free service on IndyGo on Thursday and Friday. If you are not on an IndyGo bus route, look for the closest IndyGo park and ride site to your home. Service on the Indy Express Bus from Carmel and Fishers. Car pool with friends, co-workers, or family. Check out: www.327ride.net.
New Parking Option for Fans through Saturday: Because of extra capacity, an additional parking option is now available for $10 onsite on a first come basis at the north and east Park and Ride locations (327 North Illinois and 101 North New Jersey respectively). The fee does NOT include a shuttle ride but the parking locations are within walking distance to the Super Bowl activities.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times