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20 fun facts about Super Bowl XLVI

13. Mike Ditka (Cowboys/Bears), Tom Flores (Chiefs/Raiders), and

13. Mike Ditka (Cowboys/Bears), Tom Flores (Chiefs/Raiders), and Tony Dungy (Steelers/Colts) have all won a Super Bowl both as a player and a coach.

Above: Mike Ditka speaks at a news conference. (Oct. 27, 2009)
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Here's some behind the scenes info to keep in mind when watching the big game.

Super Bowl XLVI tickets Indianapolis (Jan. 24, 2012)
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Super Bowl XLVI tickets Indianapolis (Jan. 24, 2012)

Above: Jake Ballard scores against Tracy White of
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Above: Jake Ballard scores against Tracy White of the New England Patriots in the second half. (Nov. 6, 2011)

3. This will be the first Super Bowl
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3. This will be the first Super Bowl in a stadium named for an oil company.

Above: Lucas Oil Stadium is seen during the first half of an NFL football game. (Nov. 6, 2011)

4. The first NFL meeting between the Giants
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4. The first NFL meeting between the Giants and Patriots was in 1970 at Harvard Stadium. The next, a 1974 Giants home game, was at the Yale Bowl.

Above: The Patriots' Wes Welker is brought down by the Giants' James Butler in the first quarter. (Dec. 29, 2007)

5. Approximately 68,000 are expected to be in
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5. Approximately 68,000 are expected to be in the stadium for XLVI. Lucas Oil Stadium’s official seating capacity is normally 63,000.

Above: Lucas Oil Stadium is seen during the first half of an NFL game. (Nov. 6, 2011)

6. In case you were wondering, the seating
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6. In case you were wondering, the seating capacity of Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 257,000.

Above: The 33-car field led by IndyCar driver Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, heads to the first turn at the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (May 29, 2011)

7. Portions of South Street outside the stadium
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7. Portions of South Street outside the stadium have been temporarily renamed Giants Drive and Patriots Path.

Above: A section of the street that runs in front of Lucas Oil Stadium is temporarily renamed Giants Drive as preparations continue for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. (Jan. 23, 2012)

8. The Patriots are 3-for-6 in Super Bowls;
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8. The Patriots are 3-for-6 in Super Bowls; the Giants are 3-for-4.

Above: David Diehl, right, and Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. (Feb. 3, 2008)

9. Lucas Oil Stadium is a 770-mile drive
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9. Lucas Oil Stadium is a 770-mile drive from the midpoint of the Nassau-Suffolk border.

Above: Lucas Oil Stadium is shown in Indianapolis. (Sept. 15, 2011)

Malverne Cinema

Malverne Cinema, 350 Hempstead Ave., Malverne.
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Malverne Cinema, 350 Hempstead Ave., Malverne.

11. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has locked
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11. Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has locked down 150 downtown manhole covers to prevent them from lifting more than three inches in case of an explosion.

Above: An open manhole at the corner of Fulton St. and Walter Pl. in Farmingdale. (June 10, 2009)

12. Indianapolis is only the second state capital
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12. Indianapolis is only the second state capital to host a Super Bowl. The other? Atlanta.


Above: Roman numerals for Super Bowl XLVI frame the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Monument Circle as preparations continue for the game in downtown Indianapolis. (Jan. 25, 2012)

13. Mike Ditka (Cowboys/Bears), Tom Flores (Chiefs/Raiders), and
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13. Mike Ditka (Cowboys/Bears), Tom Flores (Chiefs/Raiders), and Tony Dungy (Steelers/Colts) have all won a Super Bowl both as a player and a coach.

Above: Mike Ditka speaks at a news conference. (Oct. 27, 2009)

14. The four teams who have yet to
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14. The four teams who have yet to play in a Super Bowl: Lions, Browns, Texans and Jaguars.

Above: Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates walks along the side lines during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. (Jan. 15, 2012)

15. Wayne Gretzky started his WHA career in
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15. Wayne Gretzky started his WHA career in Indianapolis and ended his NHL career in New York.

Above: Hockey player Wayne Gretzky speaks at a press conference announcing his signing by the Rangers. (July 21, 1996)

16. Famous Indianapolisians: David Letterman, Steve McQueen, John
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16. Famous Indianapolisians: David Letterman, Steve McQueen, John Dillinger, Mathias Kiwanuka, Oscar Robertson, Kurt Vonnegut, Dan Quayle.

Above: Television talk show host David Letterman walks out of The Ed Sullivan Theater during a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman." (Jan. 17, 2008)

17. NBC will have 475 people and 57
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17. NBC will have 475 people and 57 high definition cameras on hand for its production.

Above: Randy Moss of the Patriots surrounded by the media on Super Bowl XLII's Media Day. (Jan. 29, 2008)

18. Things you can’t bring to the Super
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18. Things you can’t bring to the Super Bowl: Beachballs, backpacks, noisemakers, aeresol cans and guns.

Above: A stadium security officer pats down a football fan before a preseason NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans. (Aug. 27, 2011)

Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari star
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Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari star in "Parks and Recreation."

20. In their first Super Bowl meeting (XLII),
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20. In their first Super Bowl meeting (XLII), the Giants beat the Pats, 17-14.

Above: Giants defensive end Michael Strahan celebrates after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. (Feb. 3, 2008)

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