The Colts may be headed to the Super Bowl, but Indianapolis officials are looking to Miami for a different reason as they count down the days until the 2012 big game.A team of 30 people, including Mayor Greg Ballard and representatives from Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis International Airport and area hotels, will visit Miami next week, 6News' Kara Kenney reported.
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Six representatives from Indianapolis police, fire and homeland security will shadow their Miami counterparts during the trip."We'll learn how Miami does it and bring that back here so we have a good Super Bowl in 2012 also," Ballard said.Taxpayer money will be used to pay the estimated $10,000 bill for public safety personnel's airfare, hotel, meals and other expenses associated with the trip, while the expenses of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee will be paid for with private donations.Public Safety Liaison Gary Koontz said the experience will be priceless when planning for 2012."We do a lot of major events here in Indianapolis, but the Super Bowl is different," he said. "The Super Bowl is a big event, and we'd like to put ourselves in a position where it could come back."Julia Watson, vice president of marketing for Indianapolis Downtown Inc., said she will be speaking with thousands of credentialed media about the Circle City."It's an opportunity to generate new friends, new visitors, repeat visitors. That's so very important to us," she said.Many of the facilities that will be built in Indianapolis as part of the 2012 Super Bowl have already been constructed in Miami, like a youth education centers."Miami has two youth education town locations, so for me to have the opportunity to really see and feel what that looks like up close will be really important as we plan our efforts," said Tony Mason, who is heading up the committee's community outreach initiative.Most members of the committee leave on Tuesday or Wednesday and return the Monday after the Super Bowl.