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Updated 10:34 AM ET, Fri February 3, 2012
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Decades of strategizing, pitching and planning culminate this weekend as Indianapolis finally gets a chance to host an NFL Super Bowl. Take a walk through the city's Super Bowl Village. Thom Patterson/CNN
Unseasonably warm weather has helped bring more than 300,000 visitors to the village in the days before Super Bowl weekend, event officials say. Thom Patterson/CNN
All village attractions are a few minutes' walk from Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVI. The stadium, which opened in 2008, seats more than 67,000 spectators. Its unique two-panel retractable roof opens or closes in about nine to 11 minutes. Thom Patterson/CNN
The zip line allows riders to strap themselves onto cables and fly more than 600 feet down Capitol Avenue, about 80 feet above the pavement. Wait times have been long. Thom Patterson/CNN
The NFL Experience offers football clinics for kids, autograph sessions, games and memorabilia. Thom Patterson/CNN
Billing itself as one of the nation's largest, the Indiana Convention Center is connected to much of the downtown area through a series of skywalks. Thom Patterson/CNN
As the home of the Indianapolis 500, the city tips its hat to IndyCar racing with 33 specially designed cars to mark the Super Bowl. Thom Patterson/CNN
A 109-year-old Indy legend, St. Elmo Steak House hosted both Super Bowl teams this past week. Its signature jumbo shrimp cocktail boasts "hotter than hot" sauce. Thom Patterson/CNN
The new JW Marriott hotel has 33 floors, making it the tallest hotel in Indiana, according to its website. The building's giant banner pictures the Vince Lombardi NFL championship trophy. Thom Patterson/CNN
A street guitarist calling himself Barfly said he traveled from Cincinnati to join the Super Bowl festivities. Thom Patterson/CNN
Monument Circle is where Indianapolis got its nickname, the Circle City. It includes Hilbert Circle Theatre, at right, where TV host Jimmy Fallon has been taping NBC's "Late Night." Thom Patterson/CNN