The verdict is in: Indianapolis put on what was perhaps the most universally praised performance in the history of Super Bowl host cities.
The city's first opportunity to host a Super Bowl went off without a hitch, and it was hard to imagine what could have been done better.
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The weather was perfect, well above average for February. The planning was well-executed. The spirit of the city impressed visitors, and there were few arrests or problems associated with the big game.
National media members began talking up Indianapolis' performance early last week, and the praise built to a crescendo late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
"Indy you get an 11 out of 10. Best collective effort by any city hosting any sporting event I've attended," tweeted ESPN's Mike Tirico.
Many originally thought Super Bowl XLVI would be Indianapolis' only experience hosting the big game, but it's clear that sentiment is strongly in favor of a return trip to Indiana.
"Every NFL official and media person I spoke with agreed Indianapolis should become a regular part of Super Bowl rotation," tweeted Adam Schefter, ESPN's NFL analyst. "Super job, Indy."
"I am so proud of the city of Indianapolis. So many people have told me this is the best Super Bowl they have ever attended!" former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy tweeted.
"Good to see NFL tweeps declaring what us motorsports & college sports people knew a long time ago. Indy rocks," tweeted Ryan McGee, a writer for ESPN The Magazine.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also talked up Indianapolis' performance.
"It was just an extraordinary effort and a great event, so we thank you all for a great week and a tremendous Super Bowl," he said.
Indianapolis will again host the NFL Combine in a few weeks, so many of the same writers and league officials will be back soon.
"Adios Indy. You crushed it. Congratulations," tweeted Rich Eisen, of the NFL Network. "Can't wait to come back and zipline during the Combine. Wait. What? It's coming down?"
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