Volunteers get marching orders for Super Bowl week

Volunteers Theresa Nell and Terri Cheeks pose with "Blue", the Colts' mascot.

Volunteers and ticket sellers are getting ready for the Super Bowl, which is just two weeks away.

Their enthusiasm is contagious. Theresa Nell and Terri Cheeks were two of the 8,000 volunteers sporting their handmade, original scarves for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday.

"We came for the rally. I mean, first we had to pick up our volunteer stuff. Our uniforms."

It is the NFL's version of "rallying the troops," an army loaded with Hoosier Hospitality, gathered into the stadium for their marching orders. Both Nell and Cheeks are working and volunteering, with a little fun thrown in for good measure.

"Just being in the middle, just the hype, seeing it all. All of the people down here. I love the transformation of the city, Georgia Street."

That transformation is still taking shape nearly around the clock. All of which is outlined in detail, according to the contract between the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board and the NFL.

Many of the volunteers are going to be in 70-80 heated tents that are going up across the city. Officials from Code Enforcement is making sure, almost around the clock, that they are being put up properly. Another part of the contract that is required by the NFL is that a Marion County Superior Court Judge has to be on-call 24 hours a day.

The real reason for all the trouble is the game. Tickets for Super Bowl XLVI start at $600 if you were chosen in a lottery to buy tickets. But if you really want to go, Circle City Tickets has some of the estimated 10 percent of the available tickets that are on the open market.

The price depends on who is playing.

"The demand if it is a New York, Baltimore or Patriots, yeah, the demand will be high and it will be a pricier ticket," said Angelo Peduto, Circle City Tickets.