In naming Indianapolis as the host of the 2012 Super Bowl, National Football League officials cited the city’s plan to revitalize an impoverished neighborhood by building a high-quality new practice facility that would be turned over for public use after the game.

The city’s winning bid also promoted its new $700 million Lucas Oil Stadium, set to open in August, and a plan to transform the downtown area into a pedestrian-friendly “Super Bowl Village” with fire pits to combat the expected cold temperatures.

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