ATLANTA, Ga. (May 20, 2014)— Indianapolis will not be the host of the 2018 Super Bowl.
Indianapolis was eliminated during the second round of voting. Owners voted by secret ballot a third time, ultimately selecting Minnesota to host Super Bowl LII.
The Circle City was last to present their bid to NFL owners, who are in Atlanta for an owners meeting.
Former Colts player Jeff Saturday and Super Bowl Committee chairwoman Allison Melangton led the presentation. Then, Colts’ owner Jim Irsay–who is in town despite pending charges for his March drunk driving arrest– had five minutes to make a more personal pitch.
Gov. Mike Pence following the announcement:
“Indiana presented a compelling bid in Atlanta, and I commend the Super Bowl Bid Committee and all those who spent countless hours putting together a bid packet that told Indiana’s story so well. Although the Super Bowl will not be coming to Indianapolis in 2018, we look forward to another opportunity to showcase our Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.”
Mayor Greg Ballard’s statement:
“Indy’s Bid Committee put forward a very compelling presentation that stayed true to our belief that these events are about ‘more than a game’ by focusing on long-term betterment of our community and player safety. NFL owners had the opportunity to pick between three wonderful cities. I want to congratulate Minneapolis and wish them our best in hosting Super Bowl LII.”
Jim Irsay spoke to FOX59 following the announcement: