INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Four members of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee spent 72 hours in New York checking out the celebrations and logistics leading up to the big game. They spent time in New York and New Jersey visiting Super Bowl Boulevard, the stadium and media area. Indy is in the running to host Super Bowl LXXXII in 2018. The city is up against Minneapolis and New Orleans.
Committee members met with NFL staff and the host city organizers. They also had a chance to visit the Super Bowl Boulevard, MetLife Stadium and media center. The bid team says they continued to hear rave reviews about the Indianapolis Super Bowl during their visit. Indy’s successful Super Bowl Village has been replicated and the experience is now a requirement for the NFL.
“We’re really focused on what we did so well. We came out of 2012 with a lot of positive reviews, we have not heard anything different since. We feel really capable of being able to put together a winning bid and I think our strategy is to pay attention to what makes us special and worry a little less about what’s going on in the other competitors cities,” said Susan Baughman, a member of the Indianapolis Super Bowl bid team.
Baughman said an expanded Super Bowl Village will be part of the bid. She also wants to see a combination of an indoor and outdoor fan experience. The city will also submit a plan to deal with the weather, a major concern for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Each competing city has something different to offer. Minneapolis is pushing to host the game in a brand new stadium that has yet to be constructed. New Orleans wants to host the 2018 Super Bowl to coincide with its 300th anniversary.
A preliminary bid is due April 1st, followed by the final bid on May 7th. The NFL owners will cast their vote at the end of May.