Indy Gets Positive Buzz Ahead Of Big Game

Reporters Give Early Opinions On Indy

Despite being a cold weather city and a first-time Super Bowl host, Indianapolis is garnering some positive buzz ahead of the big game.

As more than 5,000 journalist prepare to descend on the Circle City, ESPN radio personality John Kincaide started things off with a good review Wednesday morning, RTV6's Derrik Thomas reported.

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"I was one of those kneejerk media members … when Indianapolis got the Super Bowl. I was like, it's a cold-weather town. Why are you doing Indianapolis?" he said. "What I've seen out of Indianapolis so far leading up to the Super Bowl is better than any city I've ever been to for the Super Bowl. I'm really looking forward to my time in Indianapolis."

Tourism officials said they're excited about the positive reaction, but are staying focused on the goal of hosting a great Super Bowl.

"He helped validate what we know here very humbly, that we are ready. We're a viable city that people need to come visit and do business here," said Chris Gahl with the Convention and Visitors Association. "Having the third-party endorsement of a respected national media personality like John Kincaide is music to our ears."

Sports Illustrated.com also threw bouquets Indianapolis' way with an article entitled, "Indy Offers Fans Big Attractions, In A Compact Space."

The review said Indianapolis will have plenty of attractions and some uniquely Hoosier experiences.

The positive media is no surprise for Kim Donahue, lecturer at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.

"Their expectations are pretty low. When they finally come here, we bowl them over. We are so much better at servicing our tourists, at dealing with people," she said. "We exceed their expectations at such a high level that we are going to see a lot of future business come as a result of this."

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