Starting Thursday, city streets will close in order to prepare for festivities downtown ahead of the Super Bow.
"After that date ,on rolling bases through the 26th at about midnight, there will be additional closures on Georgia street and then lane restrictions on Illinois, Meridian and Pennsylvania and then also around the stadium," VP of Event Planning, Mel Raines said.
This weekend, South street between Capitol and Missouri will close. From there, people should expect more roads to be closed and people should expect roads partially closing too, especially the closer you are to Lucas Oil Stadium.
"We certainly think that the minor bit of inconvenience will be outweighed when we host 150,000 people here in a couple of weeks and they are going to love Indianapolis and the Hoosier hospitality," Raines said.
Indiana World Skating Academy is located at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Georgia Street. It is getting ready to host an 18 team hockey tournament, which is scheduled this weekend. Executive Producer Pam Robinson said she gave the tournament director information about the closures people should expect to encounter when they get here. She said she also gave him a map to hand out to the different teams coming from around the Midwest.
"We had a hockey tournament this summer and three of the four streets that (are) around us were closed, other than that, it was easy," Robinson said.
Robinson said they are doing the best they can with the road closures.
"What choice is there? We are, as one person has described, like the cockroaches of the ice industry. We can survive anything," she said.
Meridian Design group, a salon in the same building, will also be impacted by the road closure.
"We were notified yesterday that they're closing Capitol from Maryland to South completely 'til February," Manager Jennifer Moses said. "I mean it's great for the city. It's great that it is happening," Moses said
"We've had customers call us to see how they can get around. There is still access to our parking garage from Illinois Street from South Street," she continued.
Meanwhile, the Super Bowl Committee stated they had done a lot to get the word out about the road closures, including meeting with business managers and people who live downtown to other various outreach efforts to try to work around their needs.
"I would've hoped we would've been (had a) greater direct involvement, but we are used to solving problems and we'll continue to do that," Robinson said.
"We didn't do this in a vacuum. We wanted to get input. We wanted to have two-way conversations with people about it and I think we were successful," Raines said.
Regardless, the Super Bowl Committee has suggested for people to go online to www.indianapolissuperbowl.com for detailed information about the transportation and parking plan.
Downtown street restrictions begin Thursday in preparation for Super Bowl
Street restrictions for the Super Bowl will begin Thursday in downtown Indianapolis as crews set up Super Bowl Village on Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue.