As the clock ran down in the Orange Bowl and the Bulldogs heading to the Natty became a reality, thousands across the country began booking plane tickets and rental cars, purchasing game tickets, finding accommodations, and answering the question: “What does a Southerner wear to a January football game in the Midwest, when the temperatures are in the teens?” *don’t worry, I’m clueless as well.
As we are just a few days away from the big game, traveling fans may find themselves wondering how to spend a day (or three) in Indy. As a UGA staff member making the trek to assist with communications and hosting alumni on site, I found myself wondering what Indianapolis holds for fans during the frigid days and hours before the big game.
So, I gathered a few ideas from those in the know, Dawg fans. If you visit any of them, take a pic and tag us in social using #AlwaysADawg.
INDIANAPOLIS ALUMNI CHAPTER
Indianapolis Alumni Chapter President Liz Smith (AB ’82) suggested a few places to eat:
- Kilroy’s Bar & Grill
- St. Elmo’s Steak House
- Harry & Izzy’s
- Tin Roof Live
- The Slippery Noodle (the oldest bar in Indy)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution knows that Indianapolis is “more than fast cars.” Here are a few highlights from its story:
- White River State Park
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
- Indiana Historical Society
- Square Cat Vinyl
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
- Sun King Brewing Co.
The official welcome wagon for the city of Indianapolis, VisitIndy.com features hordes of ideas to curate a fun weekend in this Midwest town. Here are a few highlights I spotted on both their “things to do” list and their “where to eat” list:
- Brunch Ideas
- Lunch Ideas
- Sweet Treats
Indianapolis-based Homefield Apparal offers licensed college apparel (including UGA). Their team posted a series of Tweets highlighting things to do and see in town. A few highlights for each of their categories are below; the full list is far more extensive:
- Restaurants – Livery, Bluebeard, Nesso
- Breweries – Daredevil, Guggman Haus, Upland
- Coffee Shops – Tinker at the AMP, Coat Check, Quills
- Breakfast – Sidedoor Bagel, The Garden Table, RIZE
- Lunch – Public Greens, Yats, Mug N’ Bun, Goose the Market
- Takeout – Napolese Pizza, Cluster Truck, Bazbeaux Pizza
- Activities – Broad Ripple Farmers Market, LUNA Music, Monon Trail, Hi-Fi
INDIANAPOLIS HOST COMMITTEE
The group responsible for hosting the CFP National Championship has curated resources for travelers visiting the city for the big game.
A FEW ADDITIONS
- The Indiana Pacers host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at 7 p.m. if you’re looking to makae it a two-sport kind of weekend.
- Did you know there is a Georgia Street in Indy? The three, pedestrian-friendly blocks of this street connects the Indiana Convention Center with Bankers Life Fieldhouse and features food and beverage stations, concert stages, street performers and more.
- Don’t forget there are several official events hosted by the CFP National Championship and you can find those on our football landing page.
I hope these resources help you enjoy a fun weekend in Indianapolis (capped off with a win for the Dawgs on Monday). Whether or not you’re heading to the game, be sure to tag @UGAAlumni on social so we can share photos and videos from Bulldogs around the world. Sic ‘em!