Indy a Finalist for 2018 Super Bowl
October 8, 2013 – Indianapolis was among three cities invited by the NFL to bid for the 2018 Super Bowl at the owners’ spring meeting next year according to Indiana Sports Corp.
The city will compete against New Orleans, which hosted this year’s Super Bowl and is a 10-time host, and Minneapolis. The Twin Cities last hosted the Super Bowl in 1992 but are building a new stadium that will open in 2018, while New Orleans is positioning its bid by pitching the Super Bowl as part of its celebration of the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding.
Indy is aiming to repeat its successful hosting of the 2012 Super Bowl, which team owners, NFL officials, the media and attendees lauded for a nearly flawless execution during warmer-than-usual weather in February that year.
The short list of finalists for Super Bowl LII was announced this afternoon at the team owners’ meeting in Washington, D.C. Besides Indianapolis, the league’s Super Bowl Advisory Committee also reportedly considered Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Minneapolis and Tampa.
In coming months, the finalist cities will prepare written bids. Each also will present during the team owners’ spring meeting May 19-21 in Atlanta. Owners will make the final call on the 2018 NFL championship’s site during that gathering.