What do you do when you have a new stadium that will open up for the 2008 season? You submit a bid for being the host for the Super Bowl, what else? At least that is what Indianapolis intends to do; the Associated Press reports that a delegation from Indianapolis will travel to Arizona this week, with an eye towards the city making a bid for the 2012 Super Bowl.
Those in the Indy delegation plan to meet with NFL officials to update the bid that Indianapolis made last year, when it lost out to Dallas in a 17-15 league owners vote for the 2011 Super Bowl. Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard said on Tuesday that he was inclined to submit a new bid but wanted to review corporate support and the NFL’s requirements before making a final decision. The new bid would highlight many of the same attributes as last year – including the central location of the city’s new Lucas Oil Stadium (new home of the Indianapolis Colts) and its experience with major sporting events, such as the Indianapolis 500 and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four tournament – to more than offset Indianapolis being a snow-belt city.
The city’s review is expected to be finished in about a month, with bids due to NFL officials by no later than April 1. While the NFL is adding some new bid requirements such as a concert event the night before the game, Mark Miles, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership economic development group, said that he did not know of any changes that would ruin an Indianapolis bid. Miles also said that Phoenix, Houston and New Orleans were other cities that might also submit bids for the 2012 Super Bowl.