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Super Bowl 2012 is roughly 200 days away and Indianapolis city officials say plans for the big event at Lucas Oil Stadium are moving full speed ahead. Central Indiana Corporate Partnership President Mark Miles said it appears that NFL labor negotiations will be resolved and won‘t disrupt plans much longer. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Super Bowl Host Committee President Allison Melangton joined Miles for an update on city plans. Miles said about 140 hotels have been holding 18,300 rooms for either February 5th or February 12th in anticipation of the event.
“We have been reassured by the NFL that if there is a resolution of the issue soon, as folks are now optimistic may be the case, then we will be able to reconfirm that the date won’t change and that as scheduled, the Super Bowl will be on February 5th,” said Miles.
Miles said the February 12th date was being held in lieu of an extended season which doesn‘t appear to be happening. Melangton said there‘s so much enthusiasm that the host committee probably cannot accept any more volunteers. At last count, there were 12,500 volunteers which Melangton said they‘re currently organizing into 40 different positions and shifts. Mayor Ballard said he hopes upwards of 150,000 fans will spend up to two weeks in the circle city for the big event. The economic impact of the Super Bowl is touted to be anywhere from $150 to $400 million. Officials said crowd transportation plans will be available within the coming weeks.