Indianapolis dealt with an influx of several thousand more people on Tuesday night as the Indiana Pacers battled the New Jersey Nets, adding to the Super Bowl crowd already pouring in.
On the surface, the Pacers game and Super Bowl may seem like separate events, but officials coordinated them as part of one large downtown celebration, RTV6's Eboné Monet
Traffic woes were evident near Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the Pacers crowd arrived. Officials estimated that there were about 4,000 more cars added to the Super Bowl mix.
"(I was) pretty prepared for it to be kind of slow, but it's really slow, bumper to bumper," said Adam Ruble.
"Everything is just backed up, all the places we normally go park are full," said Lora Clayborne. "The garage itself is full."
The Pacers said parking is usually not a problem outside the arena.
"We're in an urban area. There's thousands of parking spaces," said Rick Fuson, Pacers' chief operating officer. "Everybody parks in a bunch of different places."
Organizers said there are more than 30,000 parking options downtown. Park and ride lots outside the downtown area are sold out.
The Pacers expect a home game on Saturday to attract a larger crowd than Tuesday's game.
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