Indianapolis, for those not familiar with the town, is small. The downtown area is about eight square blocks. That makes it great for a Super Bowl setting because everything is within walking distance, from the press conferences to the restaurants to the game itself.
But over the last few days Indy has gone from condensed and convenient to congested and confining. And the Giants are smack dab in the middle of it.
Their hotel is about a block and a half away from the super Bowl Village, which is where the now famous ziplining takes place along with concerts and fireworks on a nightly basis. That’s fine for them during the week, but teams often pull up stakes and head to a more discreet hotel the night before the game.
Not the Giants.
“I don’t know why there’s a lot of concern about us being where we are,” Tom Coughlin said today. “We’re isolated and the second floor is completely secured for our players and our personnel. Our floors are off limits to everybody and they’re well-secured. Our players have enjoyed great rest and no one has complained of a bad night’s sleep, and if they have, it hasn’t been because of noise and other issues.”
Another reason why they’re staying put is that there really isn’t anywhere else to go. Rooms are scarce in Indianapolis, and moving an entire football team would just create havoc. As Pat Hanlon tweeted this afternoon: “Where do you want us to go? Chicago?”
So rather than fight it, Coughlin is embracing it.
“There is a great build up to this game and there are more people in the street than I can ever remember, which reminds you of what an exciting time this is for this great city and people who are coming to the game,” he said. “I think it’s just a part of it. I don’t have any problems or fears with that.”