|Start Date: ||2/14/2012|
|End Date: ||2/14/2012|
STATEHOUSE- Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives 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.
“It’s great that the General Assembly is recognizing all the hard work that people from all over our state put in to hosting such an amazing event,“ said Rep. Turner. “Having the Super Bowl here gave Indiana the opportunity to come together and display Hoosier hospitality to those from all over the nation.”
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.
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.
“We want to extend many thanks to the Super Bowl Host Committee for all that they put into hosting this event in Indianapolis this year,” said Rep. Turner. “At a time when all eyes were on Indiana, they really put together an amazing week.”
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.
Rep. P. Eric Turner serves as Speaker Pro Tem and represents District 32 which includes parts of Grant, Miami, Tipton, Howard, and Hamilton Counties.
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