INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis will enter a bid to host Super Bowl LII in 2018, the city announced Friday morning.
Officials gathered at Lucas Oil Stadium to announce the city's bid and plans to market Indianapolis as a host city.
Gov. Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Colts owner Jim Irsay, former Colts center Jeff Saturday, and members of Indiana Sports Corp. commended the city's hospitality during the 2012 Super Bowl and say that is a major part of the Super Bowl LII bid.
“Super Bowl XLVI was a monumental success from the international spotlight to the economic benefits throughout the state,” said Pence. “We’ve shown multiple times that Indiana can hold world-class sporting events and we look forward to the chance to host a Super Bowl for a second time.”
Irsay also noted the tremendous growth the city has experienced in the past four to five years, especially the move from the RCA Dome to Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Lucas Oil Stadium has consistently been ranked among the best professional football venues in America.
"I am optimistic... I believe we will see another Super Bowl here in Indianapolis, Ind.," Irsay said.
While Irsay said he is confident, he knows it will take a mighty effort to host the Super Bowl.
Officials said they will use the Super Bowl Village as a main marketing point for the bid. They plan on emphasizing the success of the Village from 2012, while also going into more detail about what the plans would be for the future.
Allison Melangton, 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee chair, said a major hurdle will be pitching the city as a non-traditional site, because of the winter weather. Before 2018, the Super Bowl will take place in cities like San Francisco and Houston, where the weather is much warmer in February. Officials will market the city as a great site, despite the cold weather.
Irsay said while Indianapolis may not have peaches and palm trees, the city does have unmatched Hoosier hospitality.
"We are the gold standard of how Super Bowls are run."
Saturday said despite the cold weather, the atmosphere at the 2012 Super Bowl was "unparalleled."
Saturday went on to say a number of professional football players approached him and said that the Indianapolis Super Bowl was the best Super Bowl they had seen.
"Our city did it right," he said.
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