When Super Bowl XLVI kicked off in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, 2012, the New York Giants outscored the New England Patriots 21-17. Watched by an estimated 166.8 million, Super Bowl also showed some of what Indianapolis has to offer – a fantastic playbook of restaurants, hotels, bars, attractions and Hoosier hospitality.
In Indianapolis, sports are much more than a tradition – they are a passion. A sea of blue and white swarms over downtown Indianapolis when Colts play at Lucas Oil Stadium. Opened in 2008, the multi-purpose stadium has a prime location – smack dab downtown.
One of the best ways to enjoy a game is to get a downtown hotel room, walk to the stadium and drop in one of the numerous bars and restaurants to celebrate. Indianapolis has more than 200 downtown restaurants so there is sure to be something that satisfies taste buds.
A legendary pleaser is St. Elmo Steak House, an Indianapolis tradition since 1902. Local lore says the famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail helped Indianapolis win its bid to host Super Bowl 2012.
St. Elmo was where media camped out and fans craned their necks to glimpse gridiron stars and celebrities. Three blocks from the stadium, St. Elmo hosted all three Mannings – beloved former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and their father Archie Manning – before the game. And Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli dined at St. Elmo leading up to the game – at the same time as losing quarterback Tom Brady. Sports stories sure abound!
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