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SBD/February 1, 2012/Events and Attractions
Indy Receives Praise For Its Authentic Tone As This Year's Super Bowl Host
Published February 1, 2012
INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE: In Indianapolis, Matthew Tully notes foreign reporters "seemed genuinely impressed by what they'd learned about Indianapolis since arriving." The London Sun's Simon Veness said, "I'm not just saying this: Indianapolis has put the super back in Super Bowl. ... This city is the first one we've seen that has really embraced the Super Bowl concept." Tully writes, "Time and again, the foreign journalists I talked to said it was cool to see a city so jazzed about hosting such an event" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 2/1). Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said of the economic impact on the city, “It's a wide range that the NFL estimates -- $150-400 million. I think we'll be in the $200-250 million range." He added, "We've done so much in the city. ... There's so many things happening as a result of this Super Bowl" ("NBC Sports Talk," NBC Sports Network, 1/30).
MOTHER NATURE IS COOPERATING: NBC Sports Network's Russ Thaler noted it was 60 degrees in Indianapolis yesterday and said, "I can't help but think that Jerry Jones is looking up to the heavens saying, ‘Really?’” The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams said, “He was a year too early on getting this Super Bowl. They won by one vote over Indianapolis in that first vote to get last year's Super Bowl and looking back on it, I guess he wishes Indy would have beaten them and they had the Super Bowl this year” ("NBC Sports Talk," NBC Sports Network, 1/31).
ONLINE SHOPPING: In L.A., Jim Peltz noted Costco's website is "offering three ticket packages for" Super Bowl XLVI. They include a single-ticket package "for $2,999.99 and a pair of two-ticket packages, one priced at $9,999 and the other at $15,499.99." Costco Assistant Buyer Kristin Lovik said that membership is "not required to shop at Costco.com, but without it there is a 5% surcharge to the purchase." Costco also offered tickets for the Super Bowl last year and "for the Masters and U.S. Open golf tournaments in 2010." The chain's website also "sells tickets for movies, ski lifts and other entertainment" (L.A. TIMES, 1/31).
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS: Last night’s "Late Show" Top Ten list was “Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Spending $16,000 On A Super Bowl Ticket.” Host David Letterman: “The Super Bowl is the perfect thing to watch from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to go anywhere. You can get drunk, you can hop up and down with your pants off. You don’t need a $16,000 ticket” (“Late Show,” CBS, 1/31).
10) “Do they have anything in the more affordable $15,000 range?”
9) “Have I recently divorced either Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods?”
8) “Can I afford it after spending $12,000 on a Pro Bowl ticket?”
7) “Isn’t this why the rest of the world hates us?”
6) “Would it make more sense to watch at home and spend the $16,000 on snacks?”
5) “Before I spend the money, how’s Gronkowski’s ankle?”
4) “For $4,000 an hour, couldn’t I get a really good hooker?”
3) “If I got $16,000, should I buy the Mets?”
2) “Will I be forever known as the assh*** who spent $16,000 on a Super Bowl ticket?”
1) “Do I get to have sex with Madonna?”