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Indianapolis is one of three finalists to host the 2018 Super Bowl.
New Orleans and Minneapolis are also on the shortlist, the NFL announced Tuesday.
Indianapolis received high marks when it hosted Super Bowl 46 last year. Bid Committee Vice Chair Cathy Langham says that is a strong selling point for hosting Super Bowl 52.
“In Indianapolis, we put on great events. We’re centrally located. We’ve got a great downtown area where all the activities can happen,” she says.
President of Indianapolis-based U.S. Sports Advisors Ken Unger says it is not just Super Bowl 46 that gives Indianapolis a chance, but the city’s long history of hosting large sporting events.
“Really going back to the 1980s we’ve demonstrated we can promote events at the highest level,” he says.
Six cities submitted applications earlier this year to host the game, and Indianapolis officials announced their intention to apply shortly after the 2012 Super Bowl ended.
A report indicated the event brought in total gross expenditures of $384 million, resulting in a direct economic impact of $176 million. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said at the time that those numbers prompted him to support another bid.
The 32 NFL owners will vote on the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl in May.