ESPN has chosen Pan American Plaza (201 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, Ind.) in downtown Indianapolis as its production headquarters for Super Bowl XLVI. In all, more than 110 hours of ESPN television coverage, as well as ESPN Radio shows, and other related content across the company’s multimedia platforms will originate from the host city under the banner “ESPN Indianapolis” from Monday, January, 30 – Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.
ESPN will construct a large outdoor set (62-by-40-foot) in Pan Am Plaza that overlooks Lucas Oil Stadium. The location is just steps from the Super Bowl Village on Georgia Street and adjacent to the NFL Experience in the Indiana Convention Center. ESPN will also have a 24-by-48-foot demo field and two pod camera locations in the plaza that offer views of the downtown skyline, Union Station and the stadium. A “flycam” suspended 30 feet in the air and traversing some 300 feet will also provide aerial views during ESPN programs.
Some of ESPN’s most popular shows will originate from Pan Am Plaza throughout the week, including daily editions of Mike & Mike in the Morning, SportsCenter, SportsNation, NFL Live, NFL32, a special four-hour edition of Sunday NFL Countdown on Super Bowl Sunday, and more. Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Steve Levy, Stuart Scott, Scott Van Pelt, Trey Wingo and Steve Young are among the many on-air commentators expected to be featured throughout Super Bowl week, along with top guests from the world of sports and entertainment.
Program schedules will be released at a later date and all shows will be open for public viewing. ESPN’s set-up will begin around January 20. Pan Am Plaza is owned by Kite Realty.
“Pan Am Plaza is an ideal location because there will be great crowds downtown all week at the Super Bowl Village, and this is the closest ESPN has ever been to the stadium itself,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman, who oversees all NFL studio shows and ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage. “The city, the Host Committee and local business leaders have been very welcoming, and we look forward to arriving in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI in late January.”
“With ESPN broadcasting live from the heart of the Super Bowl Village, fans will get an up-close and personal opportunity to experience great banter, in-depth reporting and exciting coverage throughout Super Bowl week,” added Allison Melangton, president and chief executive officer of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. “As we’ve worked to finalize this location for ESPN, I appreciate the partnership and cooperation of the teams at ESPN, Kite Realty and the City of Indianapolis.”
ESPN’s Super Bowl week coverage from Indianapolis will be seen and heard across ESPN’s many domestic networks – including in Spanish on ESPN Deportes – and available in more than 100 countries and territories via ESPN International.
In addition to ESPN production plans for Super Bowl, ESPN the Magazine will host its annual NEXT event, one of the week’s top parties, in Indianapolis. The NEXT venue will be announced in early January.
About the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee
The purpose of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, as defined by the NFL, is to centralize the planning and execution of the 2012 Super Bowl through one entity to ensure coordination of all efforts and community resources. The Host Committee serves as an extension to the National Football League in the local community, as the city’s ambassador to incoming Super Bowl fans, guests, and corporations, and as a manager of local resources such as city services, event venues, accommodations, and thousands of volunteers. For more information, visit: http://www.IndianapolisSuperBowl.com.
ESPN, Inc. is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of eight domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3D, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes & the regionally focused Longhorn Network), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS & ESPN Deportes HD simulcast services, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (46 networks, syndication, radio, web sites), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN PPV, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN3 (Broadband, formerly ESPN360.com), ESPN Mobile Properties, ESPN on Demand and ESPN Interactive. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
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