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 is a great pleasure to recognize those who worked so hard to make the Super Bowl an exceptional event,” said Rep. Speedy. “Indianapolis really shined brightly throughout the Super Bowl festivities and that is due in part to those men and women who volunteered their time and effort. The nation was able to see what Hoosier hospitality really looks like and was able to experience Indianapolis and all it has to offer.”
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 Rep. Speedy was serving on the City County Council and 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 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.
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
Rep. Mike Speedy represents District 90 which includes the eastern half of Perry Township, almost all of Franklin Township and the southeastern third of Warren Township. Rep. Speedy serves as Vice Chair of the Roads and Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Employment, Labor and Pensions and Financial Institutions Committees.