Super Bowl odds and ends

Hopefully I’m the only one who has heard of such plans: I’ve heard “friends of friends of friends” or other acquaintances say that they will be staying in Chicago for the weekend and just coming into town for the Super Bowl game. Anyone else familiar with such craziness? Are people really so scared of or unimpressed with Detroit that they would rather deal with a 10-12 hour roundtrip drive than stick around for the weekend?

In other Super Bowl news, Crain’s reported that the Super Bowl XL Host Committee plans to announce the location of the Youth Education Town (YET) in November. YET is a $2 million youth center gift from the NFL, with the focus of enhancing educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth through the development of high-tech educational and recreational opportunities to improve academics, physical fitness and job-related skills. It is the goal of the NFL that the centers remain viable in the community, long after the Super Bowl weekend. To that end, host cities are required to establish a ten-year operating plan with a funding commitment for ongoing operational, management and programming expenses.

The Crain’s story notes the center “will be in a Detroit neighborhood and not downtown.” I wonder where they’ll put it…

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