By Mike Perleberg
Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, held in February 2012 at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. The NFL announced Tuesday that the city is among three finalists to host the 2018 Super Bowl.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indianapolis is one of the top three finalists to host the 2018 Super Bowl.
The Circle City was one of several NFL cities across the country to tell the league they planned to bid to host the game. A formal announcement of the bid was held October 30 with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Indianapolis, New Orleans and Minneapolis have been invited to submit a formal bid for the big game, Super Bowl LII.
Cathy Langham from the Indianapolis Super Bowl Bid Committee says the city’s first turn hosting the Super Bowl in 2012 is considered by many the most successful in the game's history.
“This is an affirmation of the fabulous job that Indianapolis, the community, the city, and state did in 2012,” Langham said. “And also an indication that they trust we are going to do it again.”
The bid committee plans to highlight that Indianapolis is family friendly and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Brad Lewis from the committee says the festivities surrounding the 2012 game were enjoyed by all who visited, not just those with tickets to the game.
“We delivered to folks in extraordinary fan experience in the Super Bowl Village. We had 1.1 million people come through the Super Bowl Village,” Lewis said.
Governor Pence called the news exciting.
“Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012, and we look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer,” a statement from Pence said.
The three cities will present their bids to league owners at their spring meeting next May.