One week before the big game, I recieved the news that me and my co-worker Alex would be flying to Indianapolis to experience a full Super Bowl weekend AND both have tickets to Super Bowl XLVI. I was in the clouds. It's every sports fans dream to be a part of a championship game, and the granddaddy of all championship games is most certainly the Super Bowl.
We were lucky enough to stay at The Bud Light Hotel. For those of you who don't know, every year for the Super Bowl, Bud Light takes over a hotel in the host city and completely overhauls the property into a hotel experience that can only be compared to a weekend in Vegas.
On night one we rushed from the airport to the hotel and straight into the EA Sports Madden Bowl XVIII party. We made it just in time for the championship game between the first year players and the Madden Bowl vets. Of course the vets team, consisting of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and Tim Tebow, won on a last second touch down in dramatic fashion. It didn't take long after the game for The Roots to take the stage and rock the house. Oh, and for good measure, Snoop Dogg dropped by to perform the night cap before everyone headed out into the streets of down town Indy.
If the first night wasn't enough, night two came quickly and delivered one of the coolest parties I have ever attended. Night two was none other than The Playboy Party. Surrounded by a host of Playboy bunnies and sexy go-go dancers, Alex and I rubbed shoulders with larger-than-life personalities like Mark Cuban and Shaquille O'Neal. But the night would not be complete without a Playboy caliber concert. Queue Ne-Yo. The crowd went wild. Ne-Yo was so great that it breifly distracted the room from sexy dancers that still filled the room. Of course, the 16 Playboy bunnies that hosted the party closed out the night by dancing together on stage to a solid mix of club music.
The weekend was only halfway over!
Saturday and Sunday at The Budlight Hotel all ran together into a one-long-day-of-fun version of a weekend. Pitbull, Lil' Jon and 50 Cent tore up the stage on Saturday night at the Bud Light Concert, to a mix of old classics and their newest hits. Though 50 Cent was the headliner, Pitbull was definitely the highlight of the night for everyone in the crowd. He rocked the club to a mix of his Top 40 hits and popular Latin tracks.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was when Alex and I took to the streets on down town Indianapolis to talk with Giants and Patriots fans about the big game. On Saturday we braved the cold and rainy weather to chat with people about their hoped for celebrity sightings. And then on Sunday we headed out one last time to find out what fans' predictions were on the outcome of Super Bowl XLVI.
Finally we had come to Sunday afternoon. The funniest part of the whole weekend was that after the fun we had already had, the actual game almost seemed like an afterthought. Then we walked into the stadium. Oh. My. God. All due respect to NBC, but television does not even do justice to how overwhelmingly awesome the Super Bowl truely is. You all know the outcome of the game, so I won't bore you with those details. I will say this though, that was basically a home game for the New York Giants. The stadium was literally booing on every successful Patriots play.
You may notice that my only mention of Madonna is to tell you that I'm not going to talk about her half time show. NFL, please give me football music next year and not a family fued between Lady Gaga and her mom.
In conclusion, my first Super Bowl weekend experience was off the charts amazing. The streets of down town Indy were packed with football fans all hours of the night and the party never stopped the entire time. Indianapolis did an amazing job putting on a full Super Bowl experience. I have done my best to describe in words, and videos if you click the links above, how exciting and unbelieveable a four day Super Bowl experience can be. My advice, go find out for yourself as soon as you can. Last time I checked there's another one next February.
Be sure to check out our experience staying at The Bud Light Hotel and all of our Super Bowl coverage from Indianapolis at our Super Bowl XLVI page here at CraveOnline.
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Full disclosure: Our hotel stay was provided by Bud Light, but no other compensation was provided.