INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The National Football League awarded the 2016 Super Bowl to San Francisco Tuesday and also awarded the 2017 Super Bowl to Houston. The stage is now set for an Indianapolis bid for the big game in 2018.
Alison Melangton of the Indiana Sports Corp. was all smiles after the NFL announcements.
She expects the Indy Super Bowl Host Committee to make a final decision next month to go ahead with the 2018 bid that it first voted to pursue in July of last year.
Melangton expects the toughest competition for the game to come from New Orleans and Denver. Miami was a potential competitor but it lost a bid for the 2016 game and may not make a bid the next time around.
The success of the 2012 Super Bowl here has prompted community and corporate leaders to encourage the new bid which requires an NFL invitation and will be made one year from now. The gross economic impact to Central Indiana of the Super Bowl XVII was $342 million.
The Super Bowl Host Committee will vote next month on whether to formally pursue the bid.
"You know there's nothing that jumps out at me that would keep us from going forward," Melangton said. "We do wanna follow our process that we set up. Certainly the board will need to discuss all of that and then make a recommendation to the mayor and the governor to some extent that we want to go forward."
Melangton points out that new stadiums coming on line in Minneapolis and Atlanta could make for tougher competition in future years.
One of the things the Super Bowl Committee must accomplish before it makes a bid is the selection of a new board chairman. Mark Miles is stepping down next month.
A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 shut down lanes Wednesday morning.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office asked that drivers use caution Wednesday morning as black ice was reported on some bridges in the county.
An investigation is underway into an early morning crash in Vigo County.