WASHINGTON, DC – The NFL announced Tuesday that Indianapolis is one of the finalists to host Super Bowl LII in 2018.
Owners of all 32 NFL teams are in Washington, D.C., for their fall meetings. While there, they decided which cities would make the short list of contenders for the 2018 Super Bowl. Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans are the three finalists.
Indianapolis announced its bid in August. All 32 franchise cities were invited to fill out a simple questionnaire to officially submit candidacy to host. Six cities submitted bids, including Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, Dallas and Minneapolis, according to NFL.com.
The owners narrowed down that list, and Indianapolis was among the finalists. Organizers will next present their bid to a group of owners in May.
During a news conference in August, Super Bowl organizers said they expected the competition to be tough and were coy about their plans for the bid.
Tweets from Indiana Sports Corp:
Governor Mike Pence released the following statement Tuesday evening:
“It’s exciting to hear that the NFL selected Indianapolis as one of the top three finalists for Super Bowl LII in 2018. Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012, and we look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.”
Mayor Greg Ballard weighed in with a statement of his own, saying:
“It is very gratifying the NFL asked Indy to submit a bid to host Super Bowl LII. Indy’s reputation for hosting great events is unmatched. I have no doubt our team will put forth an exciting plan to host another Super Bowl that will make the NFL, its owners, and football fans around the world very proud.”
Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president and chair of the 2018 Indianapolis Super Bowl Bid Committee released the following statement:
“We are extremely excited to move forward in the 2018 Super Bowl process. The 2012 Super Bowl had a tremendously positive impact on Indiana and our community is ready to produce a compelling bid for 2018. Our competition is stiff, but we look forward to showcasing the strengths of our community and earning the right to host Super Bowl LII.”