Super Bowl Commitee Chairman Mark Miles announces the formation of a Weather Preparedness and Response Team for the 2012 Super Bowl. (WIBC.com photo: Liz Thomas)
The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee says the city is poised to embrace the cold temperatures and handle any severe weather during the big game next February.
Committee chairman Mark Miles Friday announced the formation of a Weather Preparedness and Response Team, assigned with developing a comprehensive plan for handling any bad winter weather.
"If the Winter Olympics can get untold thousands of people together every four years, and have a great time outside in the cold, then why can't Indianapolis?" Miles asked.
Jim Schellinger, chairman and CEO of CSO Architects, will lead WPRT with a specific goal in mind.
"We want to make sure that the 2012 Super Bowl ranks as one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the game, in spite of the inclement weather," Schellinger said.
Schellinger, who lost the Democratic nomination for governor to Jill Long Thompson in the 2008 primary election, expects the task to an achievable one.
"We're not going to reinvent the wheel," Schellinger said. "A lot of these organizations, like Homeland Security, they already have plans and things in place. So, what we're going to try to do, is try to bring them together."
Weather was always labeled as a concern for a northern city like Indianapolis, but it became more of an issue during the last Super Bowl when ice and snow storms caused safety and travel issues in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
But Miles says it's unfair to compare the two locations.
"In our case, we are used to it, and we expect it," Miles said. "The effort here is not about comparing to Dallas, but rather just making sure that all the assets that we in our region are integrated and coordinated."