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An Indianapolis delegation is home after spending a few days in New York and New Jersey to see how the Super Bowl was handled there and to garner ideas for a bid to host the 2018 game.
Rafael Sanchez is part of the team that will draft a final bid for Indianapolis to host Super Bowl 52. But, he says the city’s legacy of hosting the NFL’s title game in 2012 was apparent in New York and New Jersey.
“Any host committee will tell you that they wish to leave a legacy for future Super Bowls,” Sanchez says, adding that he and his team hope to build on what they saw during their trip.
The delegation spent almost four days touring Super Bowl Boulevard, the media center, and MetLife Stadium.
Susan Baughman with Indiana Sports Corps says what the league is looking for is changing and the experience offered insight into what is expected of a host city and will help shape Indianapolis’ bid proposal.
“We come back really with a renewed vigor for our bid, focusing on what we can to do to make it stronger,” Baughman says.
Baughman says one idea is expanding activities from the downtown Circle.
A preliminary bid is due in April. Indianapolis is competing against New Orleans and Minneapolis for the game in 2018.