Indianapolis Officially Submits 2018 Super Bowl Bid

Indianapolis officials have turned in their Super Bowl bid and will make an in-person presentation later this month.

super bowl sign in front of monument circle

Photo: Stacie (Flickr)

The 46th Super Bowl sign sits in front of Monument Circle in Indianapolis in 2012.

Indianapolis‘ bid for the 2018 Super Bowl is in.

NFL team owners are receiving their 900-page bid binders today.

If chosen, this would be the second time Indianapolis has hosted the Super Bowl. It hosted the 46th Super Bowl in 2012.

“The last two times we bid we were trying to convince them that we could do this based on our track record of other events, so it’s a little different this time,” says Host Committee Chair Allison Melangton. “I’m not saying we have an advantage looking across the three bids. I’m saying at least we have beautiful pictures we can use in the bid.”

She adds that the city‘s $30 million, corporately-funded host committee should boost their chances the way she says it did in helping the city secure the Super Bowl in 2012.

Indianapolis officials will present their bid in Atlanta on May 20. Colts Owner Jim Irsay address ownership for five minutes as part of a 15 minute presentation.

Indianapolis is up against Minneapolis and New Orleans.

The 2012 Super Bowl generated an economic impact of $372 million and a $176 million in direct spending.

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  • Bob Eckert

    “The last two times we bid we were trying to convince them that we could
    do this based on our track record of other events, so it’s a little
    different this time,” says Host Committee Chair Allison Melangton. “I’m
    not saying we have an advantage looking across the three bids. I’m
    saying at least we have beautiful pictures we can use in the bid.”

    Alison, seriously? When you’re dealing with the kind of money that it takes to put on the Super Bowl, and the facilities needed and tourist attractions and hospitality venues….pretty pictures ain’t gonna cut it.

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