Clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures prevailed for yet another day in downtown Indianapolis Indiana. A word to the camera-shy: If the thought of being an extra in someone’s amateur video footage doesn’t appeal to you then you might want to stay home, or at least wear a baseball cap and dark sunglasses. Between the professional media and a virtual sea of cellphone cameras this might possibly be the single most photographed event in the world right now. It was hard to go more than a few blocks without passing someone engaged in a live interview.
At Pan Am Plaza on South Capitol Avenue ESPN continued to broadcast coverage of the event as thousands of visitors streamed through the Plaza every hour. These ESPN multimedia presentations are free to the public, by the way, and will continue starting Friday morning.
Bob Costas will host a Super Bowl edition of “Costas Tonight: Live From The Super Bowl” at the Indiana Repertory Theater in downtown Indianapolis. The show is scheduled to run from 8-10pm (Eastern) and will air on the NBC Sports Network. The show will feature interviews with NFL athletes and media spoke persons and will preview the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI.
While local news stations were on the scene, continuing their local coverage of this once-in-a-lifetime event, news channels from around the country were there was well. New Hampshire’s WMUR 9 (no doubt Patriots fans) was one of several media vans that had been cleared by security to park on the Circle. But if you’re planning on driving to this celebration yourself, don’t count on parking anywhere near this close, as homeland security and local authorities have banned parking within a several-block radius of the Circle.
Parking aside, this is a must-see-in-person kind of event. If ever there were a time to turn off the television and get out of the house then now is surely the time. Just be sure to bring a camera–you’ll blend right in.