Indianapolis leaders credit Manning with city’s growth

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 7, 2016) - Local leaders including elected officials, restaurant owners, country club pros and civic leaders all wished Peyton Manning good luck in Super Bowl 50 this week and thanked him for the legacy he left in Indianapolis.

“Without Peyton Manning our city’s skyline looks a lot different," Visit Indy's VP Chris Gahl said via Facetime Saturday. "Specifically with Lucas Oil Stadium and tourism growth as a whole. As the city was rising and our brand was rising, so were the Colts with Peyton under center. So, invaluable, when he you look at the mark he has left on Indianapolis.”

Gahl was one of the leaders who wrote postcards to Peyton featured in this IndyStar article.

“Really priceless marketing value with Indianapolis in the spotlight thanks to Peyton Manning," Gahl said. "His clean, his crisp, his winning brand really partners well with the brand of Indianapolis.”

Many credit Manning for being the catalyst for the city to build Lucas Oil Stadium, including Gahl.

“Lucas Oil doesn’t get put in place without a lot of pieces," Gahl said. "Most importantly the Colts and certainly under Peyton Manning.”

Gahl went on to say the Lucas Oil Stadium helped Indy land the 2012 Superbowl, which is predicted to have made more than a $270 million impact on the city.

Gahl added that he considers Manning as one of the top five most influential figures Indianapolis has had including all elected officials, philanthropist and civic leaders.