From the live music to the zip lines to the celebrities and the one million-plus football fans who packed the Super Bowl Village, the first week of February 2012 truly was a Super Week in Indianapolis.
The New York Giants settled matters on the field, beating the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. It was a thrilling come-from-behind victory directed by MVP quarterback Eli Manning and capped by running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Indianapolis as a community did all it could, with some back up courtesy of Mother Nature, to settle the dispute with those who believe the Super Bowl should be played in tropical destinations, such as Miami or Tampa Bay or other warm-weather climates such as Arizona or New Orleans, the site of the next Super Bowl.
Everyone from former Colts coach Tony Dungy to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other top NFL executives commended Indianapolis on a tremendous job hosting one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Here is a look at some of the numbers from Super Week. The temporary zip line, the largest of its kind drew 10,429 riders, and 265,039 fans toured the NFL Experience inside the Indiana Convention Center. As for the Super Bowl Village, the eight-block area that hosted numerous concerts, including LMFAO, saw 1.1 million visitors. Within four hours of the end of Super Bowl XLVI, 400 aircraft left Indianapolis International Airport with 160 of them leaving within an hour of the game. The event needed the help of roughly 20,000 volunteers.
Maybe best of all, at least to many Indianapolis fans, a fellow going by the name Manning dropped the evil empire on its can once again and won the Super Bowl on the fans' home turf at Lucas Oil Stadium.