INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The NFL Experience Sponsor Pavilion was evacuated Sunday afternoon due to high winds. The NFL Experience itself remained open to visitors.
Guests and employees were moved into the permanent portions of the convention center after the company that installed the tent that comprises the sponsors pavilion alerted officials to evacuate the tent until winds died down. Scheduled autograph sessions were moved to another location.
24-Hour News 8 reporter Jay Hermacinski was on the scene when the evacuation took place, and he said there was no noticeable indication of strong winds from inside the tent.
But another visitor said he did experience some scary moments.
"The sides of the tents started shaking violently," said Jeff Tatum. "Then we heard a popping sound."
Forecast 8 metereologists said gusts at 3 p.m. Sunday were reaching 36 mph. By 4 p.m., gusts were still reaching 32 mph.
At about 3:30, the Super Bowl Host Committee said the evacuation was expected to last at least an hour, but crowds appeared to be filling the area again by about 4 p.m.
Check back with wishtv.com for updates.
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