INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tuesday marks another major step for the group working to bring the Super Bowl back to Indianapolis: each potential host city must have its completed Super Bowl bid sent to the NFL.
Along with Indianapolis, New Orleans and Minneapolis hope to host the game in 2018.
One advantage Indianapolis has is national exposure over the last few weeks. This past weekend, the city saw huge crowds for March Madness at Lucas Oil Stadium. Before that it was the Big Ten Tournament. Back in February, NFL owners, coaches and national media were here for the NFL combine.
Then, opinions varied on the possible outcome for the Circle City.
“New Orleans is always going to get their Super Bowls,” said Tom Reed with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Minneapolis is a great town too. I think the fact that they’re building a new stadium will help them.”
“I think it [Indianapolis] deserves it,” said Lance Allen with WTMJ in Milwaukee. “I’ve been here for the Big Ten Championship game, and they were preparing for the Super Bowl at that point. Everything was first class. Really enjoyed myself.”
Once the NFL receives the bids Tuesday, league officials go back and forth with the three cities asking any questions they have. Next month, the committee will give a presentation to NFL owners at the owner’s spring meetings in Atlanta. The owners will then vote.
Not a lot is known about how this bid compares with the city’s 2012 bid, but the organizing committee has said it wants Super Bowl Village to be bigger.
As for the competition, Minneapolis is building a new stadium and New Orleans hopes its 300th anniversary in 2018 will sway NFL owners.