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Indianapolis to Bid for 2018 Super Bowl

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August 30, 2013 – Indianapolis – A community-based decision has been made for Indianapolis to enter the NFL’s bid process for Super Bowl LII in 2018. The 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee board of directors unanimously voted to pursue Super Bowl LII earlier this week after gathering input from community partners.


“The collaboration that went into the 2012 Super Bowl and the success of the event has generated tremendous community support to pursue the 2018 event,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president and formerly the president/CEO of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee. “After doing our due diligence on the 2018 bid landscape, the Super Bowl Host Committee board has enthusiastically decided to move forward with a 2018 bid.”


As the first step in the process, the NFL was officially notified today of Indianapolis’ intent to bid. The NFL will review the list of cities that have officially submitted their candidacy in the coming months. In October, the NFL will announce a shortened list of finalists that will be invited to formally bid. The bid includes an in-depth response to the requirements for the event and a presentation at the May 2014 NFL Owners Meeting. The 32 NFL owners will vote on the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl at that meeting in May 2014.


Melangton will chair the 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee board of directors throughout the community’s bid to host Super Bowl LII. Indiana Sports Corp will lead the bid effort. Mark Miles, the chair of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, will join Governor Mike Pence, Mayor Greg Ballard and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Bid Committee.


The 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee officers also include Vice-Chair Cathy Langham (President, Langham Logistics), Vice-Chair David Lewis (Vice President of Global Taxes / Assistant Treasurer, Eli Lilly & Company), Treasurer Derrick Burks (Managing Partner, Ernst and Young), and Secretary Rafael Sanchez (Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP).


For 10 days in early 2012, Indianapolis welcomed the world to a community-wide celebration leading into Super Bowl XLVI. Fans reveled in unprecedented activities capped by an exciting game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 5. The Giants won Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.


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