|"Who was genius that came up with this idea?"|
For the life of me I can't understand why the NFL agreed to host the biggest party of the year in Indianapolis this year. Now I realize that the league is trying to show off all of the new stadiums. So it seems like if you can build a stadium you can come up on a Super Bowl. Now for the record I live in Indy but I'm telling you that it's the worse move in history from a hang out/kick it/party perspective. Let's keep it real or all the way 100 which ever comes first! The game is in February! Have you ever been to Indy in February? Well let me tell you, it'll be 10 degrees and several inches of snow outside at the very least.
I'm completely aware of the fact that Lucas Oil Stadium has a closed roof. That's not the issue here. The most important problem is the ability to hang out and get into something. The Super Bowl is unlike any other sporting event in this country. It attracts all of the millionaire players from across the country. Every actor, entertainer and of course pro ball players from every sporting genre will be in town. These folks aren't flying in to just watch the game. They want to be entertained 24/7. The problem is, there’s nothing to do on that level in Indianapolis!
In those warm weather cities they can chill on the beach all day, fish, sail, golf, you name it. In New Orleans they can hang on Bourbon Street and party all day, gamble at the downtown casino's, take rides up and down the Mississippi River etc. What are they going to do in downtown Indy all week in 10 degrees and several inches of snow?
Remember, I'm not talking about the average fan that comes to town on Saturday for a game during the regular season and has dinner at St Elmo's or Ruth's Chris then goes back to the hotel to get ready for the game the next day. I'm talking a big baller that's in town for the sole purpose of "gettin' it in". These kind of folks that don't plan on sleeping and they’ve got more money than they've got time. That guy! What's he/she going to do besides go to jail in Indy all week.
I hear you saying, “Super Bowl XL was held at Ford Field in Detroit in February of 2006 and it's colder there than in Indy!" You're absolutely right my friend. However, the difference between Detroit and Indianapolis is this. You can gamble in downtown Detroit or go across the bridge to Windsor, Canada and kick it. The place is open 24/7. Even with that, Detroit still got slammed in the post Super Bowl reviews. The closest casino's are darn near an hour away from downtown Indy and it's too cold to do anything else. Nobody's wants to travel once they've already traveled to get to the city where the party is supposed to be. Don't even try to bring up that New York will host the Super Bowl in 2014. It's NYC for cryin' out loud. Need I say more!
Millionaire's don't sleep when they come in for events like this bruh. They sure don't want to be inconvenienced when they're trying to "get it in.". People want to walk right outside and get into something and they sure don't want to have to put on a full length mink coat to do it. Where do most of these people we're talking about live? In warm weather climates! Do they really want to leave a 70 degree spot and fly into a 10 degree freezer and be stuck inside all week? Sure, they'll be bars and clubs open for parties at night but what are they going to do all day? Sit in the hotels, watch the snow and go to the mall? OK that's cool on the first day, then what?
I still hear the same guy screaming, "We host the Final Four seems like every other year!" Again my friend I'm aware of that! However, the Final Four attracts a completely different crowd. It's normally the same college basketball fans that have been following their teams all year. Regular working class folks that love basketball and travel to the games anyway. They get into town on Thursday evening or early Friday to watch their favorite team practice at the venue and are completely satisfied with that. They go check out "Hoops City" in the convention center and they're cool.
The “Big Baller Shot Caller” isn't at all interested in the NFL interactive city. That's for all of the local folks that want to experience the Super Bowl but aren't spending the real money the city is looking for. Sure, I'll take my kids downtown for the events but they're only going to get me for a burger and parking because typically the interactive joint is free. The big money cats are the one's that the city needs to spend that paper all week. The other portion of the Super Bowl crowd is all corporate. So they definitely need to be entertained.
I hear that guy again saying, "It's blasphemous to talk that way because you live in Indy! Why would you slam the city that you live in like that?" Bruh, I love Indy! I think it's a great place to live and raise a family. However, it's a terrible place to hold a Super Bowl. I was downtown this past February for the NFL Combine and I had an old timer, that’s been around the league for most of their adult life, tell me that this place doesn't have enough bells and whistles to host a Super Bowl. All I could do was shake my head in agreement.
So therefore, instead of folks coming in on Monday. They'll opt to come in on Friday because they heard there was nothing to do. That's less money spent in Indy! Good luck with that!
Holla At Ya Boy!