The city of Indianapolis will try to make history next May when it asks the NFL’s league of 32 owners to do something it has never done before: Award hosting rights to the Super Bowl to a cold-weather city twice in just a six-year span.
But considering the level of competition the city had to overcome just to reach this point, with cities like Miami, Dallas and Tampa, all previous Super Bowl hosts and all now eliminated from contention, who knows, maybe Indianapolis has what it takes.
The remaining other 2 finalists include New Orleans, which will try to sell the idea of making the 2018 Super Bowl a focal point of the city’s 300th birthday extravaganza, and Minneapolis, which is seeking hosting duties as payback for its new taxpayer-funded stadium.
“We understand the competition is stiff, when you talk about the other three cities that didn’t make the cut,” said Jim Irsay, who did not participate in the recent NFL fall owners’ meeting in Washington, D.C. due to Indianapolis’ application.
The Advisory Committee’s go-ahead represents the start of a long bidding process in which the 2018 Indianapolis Host Committee will work ‘close to the vest’ on plans to improve upon, and even top, the 2011 event.
In 2011, they city orchestrated a nearly flawless, week-long celebration that saw over a million visitors pass through Super Bowl Village on Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVI in 2011.
It was widely praised for its execution and innovation, with its many attractions and things to do, and key parts of the hosting presentation have been mimicked by other Super Bowl hosts since.
The city’s formal bid will be presented to the NFL league’s 32 owners May 19-21, 2014 in Atlanta, at which point the selection of the 2018 host will be finalized.