The NFL required Indiana to secure 19,000 hotel rooms to host Super Bowl XLVIi as a part of the bid agreement. More than 35,000 additional rooms will be available in the Greater Indianapolis area for Super Bowl visitors.
The average Super Bowl attendee spends four nights in a hotel, attends various NFL related attractions, and host city
festivities. Of the attendees, 85% are from another state, 70-90% arrive by plane and the average fan spends
several thousand dollars during his/her stay. Of these visitors:
- 60% classify their occupation as managerial or professional.
- 53% earn at least $75,000 per year.
- 38% earn more than $100,000 per year.
- 65% are key decision-makers in their company.
- 60% of the above key decision-makers work at companies who host meetings outside of their corporate headquarters.
- 70% of these decision-makers would consider holding a meeting in the host city after visiting because of their positive Super Bowl experience.
- 20% would consider expanding their present operations in the host city area.
- 29% would consider establishing business operations in the host city area.
A potential venue currently must meet these qualifications in order to be a Super Bowl host:
- Average high temperature of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit in February, unless the game is being played in an indoor stadium.
- Stadium with 65,000 seats or more.
- Space for 10 photo trailers and 40 television trucks.
- 600,000 square feet of exhibit space for fan events.
- Large, high-end hotel for teams and NFL.
- 50,000 square feet of space for news media ("Radio Row").
- Enough "quality" hotel rooms within a one-hour drive for 35% of the stadium's capacity.
- Separate practice facilities for each team.
The location of the Super Bowl is chosen by the NFL well in advance, usually 3 to 5 years before the game. Cities place bids to host a Super Bowl. Candidate cities are evaluated in terms of stadium renovation and ability to host a Super Bowl. Then the NFL owners meet in Chicago to make a selection on the site. The sites for the next 3 Super Bowls have been determined, up to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Future sites include New Orleans, Louisiana for Super Bowl XLVII, and East Rutherford, New Jerseyfor Super Bowl XLVIII.
Home Team Designations
The designated "home team" alternates between the NFC team in odd-numbered years (the Chicago Bears in 2007), and the AFC team in even-numbered years (the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006). The home team is given the choice of either wearing their colored jerseys or their white ones; this started with Super Bowl XIII. Prior to that, the home team always wore the dark jerseys.