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The plaudits are all in: Indy is the big winner of Super Bowl XLVI.
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) has fashioned a graphic showing a remarkable array of laudatory words, many conveyed via Twitter to millions of followers, from national media members, football stars, and actors alike.
Here are a few of the highlights, and you can click on the magnifying glass icon on the image at right to see more:
+ "I am so proud of the city of Indianapolis. So many people have told me this is the best Super Bowl they have ever attended!" -Tony Dungy, former Colts head coach, to 206,000 followers [See how Dungy gave back while here.]
+ "Farewell Indianapolis. As they said all week here, have a 'Super' day! One of the best Super Bowl weeks ever. #HoosiersKilledIt" -Trey Wingo, ESPN, to 522,000 followers
+ "Indianapolis is the ...
The big game is in our rearview mirror, but some final figures and results are in now:
166.8 Million U.S. viewers of the big game
180+ Countries that tuned in to the Super Bowl
68,658 Fans in Lucas Oil Stadium who actually attended the Super Bowl
$88.44 Average food-and-drink fan expense at the big game
4,500 Pounds of shrimp that St. Elmo went through, including servings to stars such as Jimmy Fallon, Tom Brady and Eli Manning
32,650 Square feet of the Vince Lombardi Trophy recyclable graphic that adorned the JW Marriott
1,005 Rooms in that JW Marriott
10,000+ Photos of the JW Marriott reportedly posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr on Super Bowl Saturday, Feb. 4
12.2 Million social media comments (Facebook, Twitter) about the big game, an event record—until the Grammys' 13 million
1.105 Million people who traipsed through Super Bowl Village—and we believe it! [...
Mercifully losing the British accent (for good?), Madonna spoke with--of all people--Ryan Seacrest in what is actually a very fun, informative conversation on L.A. station KIIS-FM about her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show, Indianapolis, and more.
Here, a few amusing and notable quotes from their chat, as she also addresses the M.I.A. controversy:
On the Indy residents who aided her: "All of the people, the gladiators, the choir, the drum liners, they were all locals that volunteered. And they were so amazing and so generous with their time. But one never knows what they're going to get, right?"
Upon coaxing Seacrest to join her onstage sometime: "Hey, those gladiators had skirts on. And they didn't complain, and they were local dudes from Indianapolis, okay?"
[Meet one of those Indy gladiators, Ben Snyder, here.]
About docking her chariot to the stage at the halftime show's start: "We had a few rehearsals ...
We expected to see out-of-towners flood our downtown chains and sports bars and head back east to report on all the mediocrity. But we were pleasantly surprised to see the crowds taking such a liking to The Libertine – downtown’s tall, dark, and handsome option. The approachable yet amplified bar played host to droves of Super Bowl visitors, including dozens of A-listers.
But the spontaneous Sunday night soiree after the game that we sorely missed was an impromptu dance party with Katy Perry. According to owner Neal Brown, she took over DJing upstairs into the wee hours, using his laptop. She quickly changed a few settings to allow her to navigate from window to window much faster. “She was incredible and was like a personal trainer, but for dancing,” says Brown. She never let the crowd slow down.
The highlight for Brown was seeing what Indianapolis could be and most ...
Stuff we loved, stuff we didn't, and stuff we'll never forget:
The NFL Experience gift shop is holding a Fan Appreciation Sale, Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside the Indiana Convention Center. Also, memorabilia at the Colts Pro Shop inside Lucas Oil Stadium is marked to move.
Most adorable moment: Neil Patrick Harris volunteering to get on stage with Katy Perry at the Directv party Saturday night. (Via Leslie Bailey)
Whoa, Nelly! The St. Louis rapper, advertised as the headliner at Super Lounge 46 Friday night, collected $10,000 after “performing” for 45 seconds (yes, it was timed). That’s $800,000 per hour. Sure, Friday night's massive crowd downtown made the streets of Mumbai seem deserted by comparison, and Nelly may have had a tough time reaching the venue. However...
Nelly spent more time tweeting to us than entertaining his fans. Or someone did. After Super City tweeted that Nelly was ...
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