11:27 PM EST, January 26, 2012
The Super Bowl Village opens for business following a ribbon cutting at the intersection of Capitol and Georgia.
The village activities include the zip line, the Kinect NFL Play 60 Fan Dome and concerts on three stages. A light and pyrotechnic show will also be taking place at 9:15 Friday and continue each night until the big game.
On Thursday, many people came out to see the final preparations and were impressed with the transformation that’s taken place.
"It's incredible. It is totally incredible," said Karen Cummings of Indianapolis. "I've been to the last two Super Bowls in Miami and Indianapolis is making it."
"It's amazing what they've done with the city," said Don Barrows of Indianapolis. "The city should be very proud of what they've done."
"My initial impression is just, 'Wow'," said Derek Maxfield, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I'm excited. It's going to be a great time."
Maxfield isn't just a fan, he's an ice sculptor who will make his debut Friday as part of the Village.
"I'm excited. I mean, to be a part of the Super Bowl, come on, that's like an all-American holiday," Maxfield said.
On Thursday, crews were giving the zip lines one last run before they open to the public and others were putting the finishing touches on Georgia Street and concert stages.
"This is all about last minute details and making sure we're ready to go," said Ellen Saul, Venue Manager for The Huddle at Circle Center.
The host committee has transformed the old Nordstrom into The Huddle, which will offer food, drinks, art and entertainment in a venue that is free to enter.
"We offer a place for people to come in, get something to eat, sit down for a little bit and get warm," Saul said. "It's pretty incredible here and we encourage everyone to come down and check it out."
On Friday night you can also check out the Huddle After Hours Nightclub on the other side of the old Nordstrom store. Those who are 21 and over can get in without paying a cover charge when the doors open Friday. After that Saul says the cover charge will be anywhere from $10-$40, depending on how busy it becomes.
Now that it's all about to open for real, the hardest thing may be figuring out what to do first.
"I'm going to come down to the NFL experience and try to get some autographs and see some of the players," Barrows said.
"The huddle definitely seems like the place to be in Super Bowl Village," said Madelyn Brewer of Indianapolis.
"Maybe zip lines," said Peyton Cummings of Indianapolis. “If they're really long, I don't think I can hold that long."