Chowing down at Super Bowl XLVI? Bring your wallet

INDIANAPOLIS — The press box is quiet, but Lucas Oil Stadium is starting to bubble with activity.

Massive piles of food and drink are being prepared on every level of the stadium, so let’s take a look at what the Super Bowl XLVI menu has to offer.

Right off the bat, the most outrageous item appears to be the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, which runs a whopping $30 at the “D”efense Deli.

Other delights:
Colts classic Italian, $12 (No sane Patriots fan is eating this.)
Combo veggie, $12
Pot roast sandwich, $10
Grilled chicken classic salad, $10
Cheeseburger basket, $14
Chicken strip basket, $10
Grilled chicken breast basket $14

One note: French fries have been ditched in favor of kettle chips. A stadium worker told me the switch was made to move orders along but assured me the kettle chips were “awesome.”

Don’t feel like forking over $14 for a cheeseburger? More affordable options include:
Nachos, $7
Pretzel, $5
Peanuts, $5
Candy, $5
Chips, $3 (Lowest price I saw anywhere, but it’s the same puny bag you’d grab out of a machine in the breakroom at work.)
Popcorn? Popcorn rests at $20, up from $10 during the Colts’ troubling season.

Soda runs $8 and water a whopping $5, but let’s get down to brass tacks: The strong stuff is steep around these parts.

A 20-ounce beer costs $11, up from the average $7.50 you’d pay during the regular season, according to one vendor.

For something stronger, you’ll need to dish out the greenbacks:
Mixed drinks, $14
Wine, $14
Jose Cuervo margarita, $14
Ketel One lemonade, $14

One solid perk: Fans will imbibe in comfort on souvenir seat cushions that dot every chair in the house.

Judging by what we saw on our walk to the stadium, this won’t be anyone’s first drink of the day. Restaurants and bars are packed out, hotel lobbies are on fire, and nobody is thinking about their bank account.

Monday could be ugly on this front, but on Super Bowl Sunday in Indy, there isn’t a care in the world.

— Marc Sessler

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