INDIANAPOLIS – The sun is shining. The streets are packed. And the beer is flowing.
Super Bowl Sunday is in high gear here, and to judge by the scene on the streets, it will be a heavily partisan New York crowd. Fans in Giants gear appear to outnumber fans in Patriots gear by almost two-to-one.
Tailgate parties are raging throughout the city, from chic corporate soirees to old-fashioned meat-and-charcoal affairs in parking lots (though even those are far from low-rent; parking spots are going for as much as $200 for a car, and $500 for an RV).
And after a week in which the streets were dominated by locals in Colts gear, the city finally feels like it’s focused on the main event: the Patriots vs. the Giants.
With just hours to go before the game, ticket prices are coming down from their early-week highs. At mid-day, tickets with a face value of $900 were trading for about $1,500. Those same seats were selling for as much as $2,700 just days ago.
Among the Patriots fans lucky enough to get tickets were the DeCamp family, who flew in from Northern Virginia to cheer on Tom Brady and the boys.
“Since my dad likes the Patriots, I like the Patriots,” beamed 7-year-old Alexander, who was sporting a No. 12 Brady jersey.
Alexander and his 5-year-old brother, William, were attending their first professional sporting event, and their father, Paul, a lifelong fan who grew up in Norton, wouldn’t say how much he paid for four seats – mom Antoinette is here, too – but that it was thousands over the face value.
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