1.1 Million Visit Super Bowl Village

Super Bowl Host Committee: Expectations Exceeded

The Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee said Monday that 1.1 million people visited Super Bowl Village alone, far exceeding expectations for the 10-day event.

With little sleep between them, members of the committee met for their last media briefing, RTV6's Chris Pisano reported.

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Chairman Mark Miles said there were two winners Sunday: the New York Giants and the city of Indianapolis.

Over the past four years, organizers estimated that about 20,000 Hoosiers had been involved in some way with Super Bowl XLVI work, from those who knitted scarves, to people who pitched in at the airport, to workers at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

In addition to all the Super Bowl Village visitors, more than 265,000 fans took in the NFL Experience, about a 30 percent increase over previous years in other cities.

The zip line, one of the more noteworthy attractions, gave at least 10,000 rides, though the numbers are still being crunched.

The financial effect on Indianapolis is also still being tabulated, but everyone expects it will be positive.

"We don't know how our numbers will change, but you just have to believe it's been terrific and will be a bigger moving of the needle in a positive direction for Indianapolis than it has been for other communities that have benefited from it," Miles said.

Organizers said it will be about three weeks before Lucas Oil Stadium is back to its pre-Super Bowl state.

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