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Officials apply Ind. fair’s lessons to Super Bowl

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INDIANAPOLIS — Local organizers of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis are taking lessons from the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair as they plan outdoor activities for the football extravaganza.

Dozens of tents, stages and other temporary structures will be set up downtown ahead of the Feb. 5 festivities. City inspectors plan to examine each. And emergency plans will require evacuations during the gala if wind speeds or other weather factors hit specific trigger points.

Seven people were killed and more than 40 injured in August when wind gusts toppled stage rigging at the state fair. Fair officials were criticized for not evacuating the area as a storm approached.

City officials have set up a special court process to handle any violations of safety standards for Super Bowl outdoor structures.