The Super Bowl Village kicks into high gear the week of January 30 in Indianapolis downtown. Though the big game doesn’t roll around until the following weekend, the center of all the pre-game action is in the heart of Indianapolis downtown. With national media outlets broadcasting live from the Pan Am Plaza along Capitol Avenue, two stages brimming with live (and better yet free) Indianapolis music events and plenty of fun and games for the whole family to enjoy, the Super Bowl Village is the place to be. Plan your visit to this short term Indianapolis attraction accordingly. Use this preview of various events to choose the best time to check out the fun!
Sports Chat at the Super Bowl Village: The ESPN Broadcast Studio
Mike and Mike in the Morning – Die hard sports fans need no introduction to Mike and Mike in the Morning. This popular morning talk show covers all the highlights (and low lights) of recent sports news. See hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Colic broadcast live from the Pan Am Plaza all week leading up to the Super Bowl.
SportsCenter AM – See a live broadcast of SportsCenter AM from the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village. Hosted by Jay Reynolds, this show will have all the inside scoop about Super Bowl news.
The Herd with Colin Cowherd – Sports talk king, Colin Cowherd, broadcasts live from the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village. Get the latest takes on players, coaches and teams!
Scott Van Pelt Show – He made a name for himself as an anchor on the late night edition of SportsCenter. Fans loved him so much that ESPN gave him his own show. See a live broadcast of the Scot Van Pelt Show, on ESPN radio, at the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village.
SportsCenter Special – When the Super Bowl rolls around, ESPN pulls out all the stops. Don’t miss this SportsCenter Special broadcast live from the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village.
NFL Live – ESPN’s NFL Live is a go-to guide for football fans. This weekly show offers inside information about the scandals, news and events happening in the National Football League. Get the scoop on the two competing teams at Super Bowl XLVI.
SportsNation – The hit ESPN2 show, SportsNation, broadcasts live from the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village. Discover the secrets of the NFL on this sports talk show.
NFL 32 – ESPN’s hit new show takes viewers inside the NFL experience. See a live broadcast from the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village.
ESPN International – ESPN”s broadcast arm reaches far, but that doesn’t stop the network from providing coverage of the United States’ Super Bowl each February. Broadcast live from the Pan Am Plaza at the Super Bowl Village, this program will definitely put Indianapolis on the global map.
Fun and Games at the Super Bowl Village
Soar Over Downtown at the Super Bowl Village’s Biggest Attraction – Experience the ride of your life at the Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis downtown. Fly like a superhero on the Zipline, measuring in at 80-foot tall and 800 inches long. This Indianapolis attraction will have you screaming as you get the best view of downtown you’ve ever seen. Look for the Zipline Launch Tower at 258 S. Capital Ave. Tickets are $10 on a first come, first served basis.
Kinect NFL Play 60 Fan Dome – This Super Bowl Village attraction offers fans a chance to go inside the NFL. Enjoy an emmersive 360 degree inflated dome brimming with full-body gaming on Kinect for Xbox 360. A fan’s dream come true!
Super Dash – Two human powered hamster wheels, one dedicated to each team competing in Super Bowl 46, offer physical fun at the Super Bowl Village. Climb aboard and run for your life in this wacky attraction.
Fire and Ice Lounge – Watch for “Fire and Ice” Lounges as your stroll through the Super Bowl Village. These pop-up Indianapolis restaurants will provide food and beverage at several different locations within the Super Bowl Village.
Free Concert Events at the Super Bowl Village (Local Band Edition)
Stereo Deluxe – Since 1998, Stereo Deluxe has been rocking out in Indianapolis. Their energized raucous and fully realized rock sound has taken them from obscurity to local celebrities. Hear their live and free performance at the Super Bowl Village.
Living Proof – This seven piece R&B band was voted Indy’s Best Band in 2010 by IndyChannel.com’s A-List and took home the prize for Indy’s Best Cover Band from Indianapolis Monthly. These funky performers offer a unique sound that will get you up on your feet to old favorites.
Greta Speaks – When Greta Speaks… you better listen! At least that’s what this Indianapolis band’s Facebook profile has to say. The six members of this local favorite defy definition. As for genre… they play it all. Don’t miss this free concert at the Pepsi Stage at the Super Bowl Village.
Indy’s Legends of Doo Wop – Get a big dose of local flavor as you enjoy the smooth sounds of Motown. Indy’s Legends of Doo Wop transport listeners back to a simpler time in music.
The Meatball Band – Formed by a couple of ad executives looking for another outlet, the Meatball Band gives fans a healthy heaping of humor in each of their on stage performances. Boogie to the sounds of this quirky rock band.
Hero Jr. – This three piece rock band brings high energy hook driven rock and roll tot he stage. Their exciting live performances are filled with vivid lyrics and refined intensity. Don’t miss their free performance.
Otis Gibbs – This Indiana native has been compared to Woody Gutherie and Bruce Springsteen for his storytelling songs. With a folksy sound that blends blues and rock, Gibbs offers an intense performance on the Pepsi Stage.
Hunter Smith – Not to be confused with Hunter Smith, the former punter for the Indianapolis Colts, the Hunter Smith Band is an Indianapolis based group who make ladies swoon with their country rock sound.
Free Concert Events at the Super Bowl Village (National Acts Edition)
Big Sam’s Funky Nation – This New Orleans based band brings the funk to the Verizon Stage at the Super Bowl Village. Their style of urban funk has been described as “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” Under the direction of lead trombonist Sam Williams, “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz,” this entertaining group will have viewers dancing in the streets.
The Village People – What do you get when a construction worker, a police officer, a cowboy, a sailor and a motorcycle dude join forces? One of the most popular bands of the disco era of course. They left an incredible legacy to popular culture with songs like “Macho Man,” “In the Navy” and “Y.M.C.A.” Hear these icons perform live at the Super Bowl Village in an entirely free concert.
Venrez – This Los Angeles based rock band features hard rock and roll that will have your head banging. Don’t miss this up and coming national act on the Verizon Stage at the Super Bowl Village.
Fuel – This rock band hit it big in the mid-nineties with their hit “Bad Day,” which propelled them to national recognition. But this easy rocking band is more than just a one-hit wonder. Hear their other hit songs live at this free concert at the Verizon Stage at the Super Bowl Village.
Brent James Contraband – After a chance meeting with the Grammy Award Winning Skidd Mills, Brent James Contraband solidified into an amazing rock band. Time Out New York described James on stage persona saying, “He grips the mic like a last call vodka, amazing stage presence.” Hear this talent live at the Super Bowl Village.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters – This rocking band, which hails from the mountain states, burst onto the mainstream music scene in 1993 with their hit album Sister Sweetly. The album spawned three number hits including “Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Circle.” Hear them live on the Verizon Stage at the Super Bowl Village.
John Spencer Blues Explosion – John Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with his legendary group Pussy Galore and now with his punk blues and garage band The John Spencer Blues Explosion. This funky blues band offers a unique sound. Hear them live for free at the Super Bowl Village.
Corey Cox – Country music star Corey Cox gives a free performance on the Verizon Stage of the Super Bowl Village just in time for Super Families Day. This Hoosier home boy who grew up in small town Markleville, Indiana has played with national acts like Diamond Rio, Travis Tritt, Justin Moore, Tracy Lawrence and others. Hear him live!
Sixpence None the Richer – This pop rock band set the tone for nineties movies and television like She’s All That, Not Another Teen Movie and Dawson’s Creek with their hit song “Kiss Me.” But the hits don’t stop there. Their repertoire includes “Breath Your Name,” “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “There She Goes.” Hear them live at the Super Bowl Village.
Red Wanting Blue – This hard working band, based in Columbus, Ohio, plays between 150 and 200 live shows a year. All that hard work paid off when they were called “one of the most successful indie bands in the United States.” Their hit single “Where You Wanna Go” catapulted them into mainstream radio play. Hear them live!
Edwin McCain – This singer songwriter brings his own flair to the country music industry. His massive hits include “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” sent him across the country. Don’t miss his live performance at the Super Bowl Village.
Darius Rucker – The former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish has struck out on his own to build an incredible solo career. You loved him with the Blowfish and their hits “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” Now he’s taken the country music industry by storm. Don’t miss his free concert.
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