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Campus Excitement, Impact Bid for Super Bowl XLVI

University Place will host AFC Champ for Super Bowl XLVI.
University Place will host AFC Champ for Super Bowl XLVI.


October 10, 2011

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The first weeks of a semester are always challenging for everyone to navigate traffic and find parking, but by now the IUPUI campus community is settling into the patterns of the new semester. At this point next semester, however, the campus will experience more significant challenges and impact, as the city of Indianapolis hosts Super Bowl XLVI, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Super Bowl is expected to draw an estimated 150,000 visitors to Indianapolis, including tens of thousands who will come to the Indianapolis Village and NFL Experience venues downtown for celebration and fun during the days before the big game.

Additionally, our four-star University Place Hotel will host the American Football Conference (AFC) championship team for the Super Bowl, bringing more new visitors and excitement to our campus.

Visitors will begin arriving on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, and leave town on Monday, Feb. 6, following the Super Bowl. Hotel rooms and hospitality space will be booked throughout central Indiana, so everyone should be mindful of scheduling special events and activities on and off campus during this time.

A new IUPUI website, 2012 Super Bowl - Indianapolis ( has been created to inform the IUPUI community of events and happenings, as well as the impact on traffic, parking, room scheduling, and related matters, before and during the big game. If you have suggestions for content you’d like to see on this site, please send your ideas to

Also important to know: IUPUI students, faculty, and staff are engaged a number of activities in preparation for and anticipation of the Super Bowl, and are deeply involved in Central Indiana and the development of this region. Information about these activities and the individuals involved will also be available at in the weeks and months leading up to Super Bowl XLVI.