STATEHOUSE—Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House took time today to honor members of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and the City of Indianapolis for their efforts in hosting Super Bowl XLVI.
The Super Bowl Host Committee served as the city’s ambassadors for incoming Super Bowl fans, players and media. In an effort to showcase Hoosier hospitality, they designated and ran 20 Super Celebration sites around Indianapolis. They also managed local resources such as city services, event venues, accommodations and thousands of volunteers.
Their efforts were enjoyed by more than 1.1 million visitors to Super Bowl Village and more than 265,000 visitors to the NFL experience in downtown Indianapolis.
“Members of the Host Committee truly hit all expectations out of the park. Everyone who was able to take part in the Super Bowl festivities or watch it televised were astonished at how the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana truly shined nationwide,” said Rep. Wolkins.
“Not only was Indiana able to host a spectacular event such as the Super Bowl—which was the most watched televised event in history—but we did so safely and without any major hiccups.”
In addition to hosting Super Bowl events, the committee tackled several long-lasting community projects. Prior to being awarded Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis showcased the Near Eastside Legacy Project, which consisted of residents who were hard at work transforming their declining eastside community in an effort to be a model for neighborhood revitalization across the city.
In 2008, when the NFL announced that Indianapolis had won its bid, they praised the city's enthusiasm for the project as a big reason. Following this, the committee helped manage the project, which raised more than $154 million through public and private partners.
The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee also partnered with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center ("Komen Tissue Bank") to develop Indy's Super Cure. Indy's Super Cure initiative capitalizes on Indianapolis' robust health and life sciences resources to propel the search for a cure.
Finally, the Host Committee partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. and the John H. Boner Community Center to plant 2,876 trees in the community – exceeding the city’s 2012 arborous goals.
“One of the major perks of a state playing host to an event of this magnitude is the community outreach projects. Although they were based in Indianapolis, the state as a whole benefits from our capital city looking that much sharper.”
Led by Chairman Mark Miles and CEO Allison Melangton, the Super Bowl Host Committee consisted of 35 staff members, 150 volunteer co-chairs and over 8,000 volunteers.
During today’s legislative session, the committee’s accomplishments were recognized with a standing ovation from all legislators, staff and members of the public that were present.