Welcome to Lucas Oil Stadium

February, 5, 2012
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Lucas Oil StadiumMike Reiss/ESPNBoston.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Welcome to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Patriots face the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI:

A feel for the field. The end zones are painted with each team’s name, logo, and conference affiliation (AFC or NFC). The NFL’s logo is at the 50-yard line and extends to the 45 on each side. The official silver Super Bowl XLVI logo, with the Lombardi Trophy extending up from the words “Super Bowl XLVI.”

First indoor game of the season. This is the Patriots’ first indoor game since the preseason. Coach Bill Belichick had the players practicing inside over the last two weeks, at one point jacking up the heat to simulate how hot it might get in the second half.

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Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.comThe official Super Bowl program goes for $20 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Parry gets the call. John Parry has been assigned to referee tonight’s game. His crew was put together with officials who were top-rated from various crews.

Madonna set for halftime show. Madonna is the featured halftime performer tonight. Her news conference earlier in the week drew a crowd.

Television information. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the call. Official kickoff time is 6:29 p.m.

Super Bowl program a collector’s item. The official Super Bowl program, which is being sold for $20, has a shiny Lombardi Trophy on it with the logos of each team. It is dubbed an “Exclusive Stadium Collection.”

Inactives to be finalized 90 minutes before kickoff. The Patriots and Giants must declare seven players inactive for the game, and those decisions are usually finalized 90 minutes before kickoff.

A feel for some prices. Parking outside the stadium is going anywhere from $100-$1,000. A Bud Light draft is $11.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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