Indianapolis Announces Official Bid For 2018 Super Bowl

NFL officials will announce in October a short list of cities they are considering to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

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    Jim Irsay says Indianapolis is ready to fight for the 2018 Super Bowl.

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    Indianapolis Sports Corporation President Allison Melangton speaks at a press conference announcing the city's bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.

Set against the backdrop of the Indianapolis skyline, the Colts, city and state leaders announced they have notified the NFL of their intent to submit a bid to host Super Bowl 52.

Allison Melangton, president of the Indianapolis Sports Corporation, says the wheels were set in motion today for a long process to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

“In October, they will cut to a short list,” she says. “Cities that were interested in hosting the Super Bowl were required to submit a form of intent by the end of the day today, and we have done that.”

Melangton says if Indianapolis makes the short list. the Super Bowl Bid Committee will work on a written bid, which is due in April.

Besides Indianapolis, Melangton says she expects Tampa, Minneapolis and New Orleans to also bid for 2018, but the list will not be officially released by the NFL.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says making the case for hosting the Super Bowl won’t be a piece of cake for a cold weather city, but Indianapolis is up to the challenge.

“It’s going to take a mighty effort. I’m not going to lie about that,” he says. “We don’t sell the beaches and the palm trees, but what we do sell is that we do it better than anyone else.”

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