Over the past week, I haven’t been anywhere without talk of the Super Bowl and questions about when I am going to the NFL Experience. You can’t go anywhere in the city and escape the Super Bowl banners and hype. I will admit I am not a football fan and don’t really get into major sporting events; however, I can’t deny the level of city spirit that has seemed to rise up over the past week. I know that the concerts are fun and the excitement can be intoxicating, as we build up to the game. However, I can’t help but ask myself what happens when the tents come down and the banners are removed. The celebrities will roll out-of-town and the jerseys will be put away for another season, but we would be sorry if we didn’t see the opportunity that this brings to reenergize residents about how great the city could be.
Indianapolis is a wonderful place and all too often we drive in for work and make that long commute back home, turning our eyes and ears to the challenges that we face. I want us to reflect on all the excitement this week and the pride that was awakened to capitalize on our desire to be apart of something big. Let’s all join together to continually celebrate the good things in the city by supporting our local businesses and organizations throughout the year to make a vibrant community. Let us remember that we are a piece of continuing this effort past a big game and more fully engaging ourselves in the city. I hope this is just the beginning of those of us that call this city home seeing that it is worth investing in with our time, our talents, and our treasures. So as you munch on the chips and dip and pick your favorite commercial of the evening, ask yourself; “What can I do to make this city even better?”