Downtown gets high marks for "walkability"
Indianapolis has been called a lot of things, now there is something new to add to the list.
"I'm going to say something really crazy right now. Indianapolis is the best Super Bowl city I've seen," said CNBC reporter Darren Rovell.
Rovell told ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" he ranks the city high because it's so compact.
"If it's the whole weekend experience, which you can't discount, Indianapolis is a tremendous city. It's true. It is a great city, easy to get around," Rovell said. "In Jacksonville, we had to take boats to get around."
Forget the boats this year. If you want to see Indy, do it on foot.
"Downtown Indianapolis prides itself in its walk-ability, we have a very compact layout, so one minute, you can be in the heart of Mass. Ave. cultural district and the next minute you can be on the Monument Circle," said Brittany Smith, Downtown Indianapolis Inc. "So it's a great place for visitors who are coming without cars to be able to go to dining, attractions and hotels within minutes' walk."
By foot, a visitor could walk from Monument Circle to Lucas Oil Stadium in about a half-hour. For many of the New Yorkers and New Englanders, that's normal.
"They're going to think it's cake. I guarantee that's what they are going to think. It's going to be easy for them and they are going to enjoy their time here" said Jason Tomcsi, who works downtown.
While most of the planned activities are outdoors, there are ways to escape the cold, including the NFL Experience and of course the game. With an extensive tunnel system in downtown, guests wouldn't necessarily have to spend too much time in the cold, says downtown worker John-Paul Felter.
"There are a lot of walkways through here, so it's just kind of knowing your route and knowing where you want to go and the best way to actually get there," Felter said.