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Airports in and around Indianapolis are preparing for the onslaught of visitors in the area for the Super Bowl. Rod Blasdell, director of the Columbus Municipal Airport, says things have been quiet thus far. He says they have no extra traffic scheduled as of yet.
So far, Blasdell says they have received one call inquiring about rates. He says they anticipate the calls to pick up in the week leading up to the big game. Regardless of the numbers, Blasdell says the airport and their staff will work in insure visitors and patrons are safe and satisfied.
Blasdell adds that the airport is ready for mother nature as well. Mindful of last year‘s ice storms that shut down his and other airports in the region, he says they have brought in extra chemicals and equipment to clear the runway in case of inclement weather. On chemicals alone, Blasdell says they have spent an extra $6,000 to insure they have enough material on hand. He says it costs about $2,000 for each runway treatment.
While preparation is important, there is no way to guarantee everything will run smoothly. This is the first time Indianapolis has ever hosted a Super Bowl. How well the city and surrounding area does in “selling” itself as a tourist destination will not be known until after February 5, the date of the Super Bowl Game, has come and gone.