Indy hospitality impresses Coughlin, Manning

INDIANAPOLIS — Volunteers around the city haven’t failed to greet fans and media members with “Have a Super Day” during Super Bowl week, and that spirit of Midwestern hospitality has extended to the University of Indianapolis, the Giants’ practice home.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin opened his Thursday morning remarks with thanks for the school.

“I thought I would recognize the University of Indianapolis and the fine folks that work there for their hospitality and preparation,” Coughlin said. “The facility there for us to practice at is outstanding. I know the NFL’s been involved closely. I know that the field will be used for some needy school following our work here in preparation for the Super Bowl. The people there have been outstanding. The hospitality has been great. The facility is an outstanding facility to practice in.”

Giants QB Eli Manning has seen a lot of Colts jerseys — including the No. 18 of his older brother — being worn throughout the city.

“I’ve never seen more Colts uniforms, jerseys in a town before or any jerseys in a town more displayed than here,” Manning said. “It’s great having the support of the city and the fans here. I’m just excited to be in the Super Bowl. That’s what it’s all about.”

Coughlin believes the Giants have made a smooth transition to their new routine and surroundings.

“Yesterday’s practice was an energetic one, as you could imagine,” Coughlin said. “The players are excited. They’re excited by the sense and the feel of the festivities, all of the media hype that’s gone on here. What we’ve discussed is building that type of practice, emotion and energy, that level of execution as we go forward, with today being a very big day for us.”

— Matt Florjancic, Special to

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