INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Super Bowl Sunday in New Orleans is just two weeks away. It also marks the one year anniversary, since Indianapolis gained positive attention world wide for hosting Super Bowl 46.
The city is moving forward with its effort to host a second Super Bowl.
Three months into her tenure as President of the Indiana Sports Corporation, Allison Melangton has spent four years as CEO of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
When asked, can the city win another Super Bowl bid, she answers quickly, "absolutely we can do it again.
Melangton is working to make that happen. She heads the effort to bid and win the right to host another Super Bowl.
The target is Super Bowl 52 in February 2018.
But the bid will be presented in May 2014 – a little more than a year from now. Minneapolis will be a keen competitor because it is building a new stadium and is a cold weather city in the Midwest.
There are others, she says.
"Denver has said they are interested. Seattle, Charlotte, Dallas likely," she says.
Melangton says the city is comfortable with the bid basics. What it's working on now is the "wow".
"What are the community's legacies? What's going to be new in the village? So those questions we're beginning to think about and will really dive into that in the summer," says Melangton.
First she'll make a trip to New Orleans, to let the NFL know, Indianapolis is a serious contender.
"We repositioned how people in the world I think view Indiana and Indianapolis. And why wouldn't we want to do that again," she says.
Melangton says having already hosted a Super Bowl, this bid will include a lot of video and pictures of the event. Where last time the city had to rely on animation and drawings.
What happens if the city is turned down in 2018? Will it bid again in 2019?
Melangton says maybe, maybe not. The problem she says, is asking hotels and other venues to hold all the rooms needed for the event, for another year. Right now she says, all the city's eggs are in the 2018 basket.
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