Downtown Residents Adjust To Super Bowl Village Crowd

Residents Deal With Crowds, Entertainment

For fans and visitors, the beginning of Super Bowl Week was full of fun and excitement; but Hoosiers who live in downtown Indianapolis are trying to adjust to the large crowds and loud concerts right outside their doorsteps.

Most residents said they were thrilled to be right in the center of all of the action, but others found the events surrounding Super Bowl Village to be a nuisance.

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Resident Brian Staresnick said he enjoyed the festivities, but he’s been having a hard time getting to sleep since the celebration began.

"It’s a really great time the city is having. All these great activities outside of our apartment, it's a real quick commute if you want to go to all the activities. But at the same time, it’s going on until one in the morning. We were trying to sleep last night and it was a little bit loud,” Staresnick said. "I can say some of the tents being built around here definitely kept me from sleeping some nights."

The celebration has also made it difficult for some residents to get in and out of their downtown apartments, RTV6's Myrt Price reported.

"It’s been a little difficult trying to get to work. I have to go to school so it’s been difficult trying to get there. There’s a lot of people outside and a lot of people outside our doorway, too,” one resident said. "I just put my car in a garage and I just plan on walking or taking a cab to places instead of messing with it."

Kris Gouty lives on Georgia Street and said she has the perfect view of the stage at Super Bowl Village.

“Since I'm student teaching, they allowed me to take the week off and just make it up at the end. So, I won't have to worry about that drive in the mornings,” Gouty said. “It’s been a lot of fun and I really like it."

Gouty said the excitement surrounding the event is worth a little inconvenience.

"I know a lot of people who live and work downtown and they are kind of irritated with the parking situation, but when you go out and see how many people are drawn to Indy and all the fun that everyone is having, it’s kind of worth a week of inconvenience,” she said.

Other residents said they have an advantage during the celebration because they don’t have to look for parking spaces to attend events.

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