Many Changes Coming to Downtown for Super Bowl 46
With 150,000 people expected to visit the week leading up to the Super Bowl, several things may change if you work or have other business downtown.
Some of the biggest changes involve driving and parking. Lane restrictions and closures on some downtown streets start as early as January 19th, with more restrictions added as we get closer to the February 5th big game. Kara Brooks with Indy's Department of Public Works says that's one reason for the new signs that you may have noticed on some traffic signals downtown.
"Basically this will help direct people during the Super Bowl when we have traffic and street restrictions," Brooks says.
It is part of the city's "Know Before You Go" program, and the signs placed on the wires near traffic signals will highlight the orange "Super Route" and the blue "Bowl Route."
The one-stop shop for information about driving and parking leading up to the big game is at the Super Bowl Host Committee's webiste, IndianapolisSuperBowl.com. Mel Raines, the committee's vice president of event operations, says all the info you need, for both locals and visitors, is under the website's Transportation and Parking tab. She says those who work downtown should check with their employer to make sure the rules on usage and pricing of their regular parking garages haven't changed.
"I don't think that pricing for those renting monthly spaces is changing, or at least we haven't heard of that happening anywhere, but again the hours of operation or the hours their spaces are available may have changed," Raines says.
Raines says they are encouraging as many people as possible to use their Park and Ride program, where you can park for free at one of three lots and ride a shuttle downtown. If you reserve in advance, the cost for the shuttle ride is two dollars a person; kids two and under ride for free. If you don't reserve in advance, it's ten dollars - cash only.
IndyGo says its public bus schedule will not change during Super Bowl week, and they will not be adding additional routes either. Jessica Mitchell with IndyGo says the only change for them has to do with boarding, which will be moved off of Illinois Street.
"All boarding and alighting will occur for the downtown area will occur on Ohio Street," Mitchell says.
You won't have to pay to ride IndyGo buses for a few days. Mitchell says, "Between February 2nd and 5th, all rides will be free courtesy of a C-MAQ grant." Mitchell says of a federal grant designed to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
IUPUI says they will try to keep interruptions to a minimum for students, faculty and staff the week of the Super Bowl, though the AFC team will be staying at the school's University Place Conference Center and Hotel. Amy Warner with IUPUI says nothing will change except for the Friday before the big game and the Monday after. Warner says on those days, the school is asking faculty to consider holding classes remotely, if they hold them at all. She also says four parking lots on the east side of the campus will be used for event parking on Super Bowl Sunday.