NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Indianapolis is doing its best to relieve the crush of human gridlock as a sea of transplanted New Yorkers in Super Bowl Village counts down the hours to kickoff for Super Bowl XLVI.
The Big Game is bringing in fans young and old alike to see what they hope will be another win for the Giants in their rematch with New England.
“It’s just amazing. We’ve never been to one. It’s my first SuperBowl and hopefully it will be a memory for Michael forever,” said Evan Schwarzwald of Old Westbury.
The Schwarzwalds predict a Big Blue victory Sunday, according to 10-year-old Michael, “35-30 Giants.”
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Thousands of families jammed into the NFL experience, kicking field goals, zipping passes, and snapping photos of the elusive Lombardi trophy.
The Drechsels from Livingston, New Jersey believe in hexes but discovered good karma.
“The best thing that happened is driving here, I passed a river called the Big Blue River, and that’s it. We’re winning,” said Doug Drechsel.
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“We are season ticket holders. They’ve been in my family forever and we said we have to go this one, no way we’re missing it,” Matthew Pirozzi said.McLogan.
Matthew Connell from Bergenfield, New Jersey flew in for the Super Bowl.
“I’ve been going to Giant games for 50 years and in those 50 years, I’ve missed five,” he said. “My first season ticket was $27.50.”
While Indianapolis is jammed with millions, only some 80,000 fans will actually get inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday to see the game in person.
Driving to Indy in Giants style, Dennis Connelly and his buddies arrived to rave reviews . Who else has actual Giants autographs on their RV?
“So Eli signed it, so a lot of people thought no way,” said Dennis Connelly.
He brought the proof: photos of his heroes signing his RV at training camp in Albany.
“We had 26 players sign it,” he told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan. “And here we have Michael Strahan, and Justin Tuck right below him, and he wrote ‘All time sack leader’!”
Connelly had the RV outfitted with a Giants helmet and custom painted evil eyes. And inside, the Giants bus is filled stem to stern with memorabilia.
“What did you spend on this? Um, my wife will see this, so I don’t know if I can explain it to you at this point,” Connelly joked. “Wasn’t much dear don’t worry.”
Smiles overwhelm Super Bowl Village as kids walk the turf, footballs are tossed, bean bags are thrown with acrobatics above as
brothers from Brooklyn and Boston battle it out over Brady and Manning.
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