Indy Super Bowl announcement set for Friday morning

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INDIANAPOLIS – Several prominent officials are set to announce Friday if Indianapolis will make a bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Bud Light Zone at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 to nearly universal acclaim, and it looks like the city wants another shot.

Those expected to appear at the announcement Friday include Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday, 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Mark Miles and Indiana Sports Corp. President Allison Melangton.

If the city goes ahead with the bid, it would have to submit a letter to the NFL by midnight Friday declaring its intent. The league would unveil its finalists in October and announce the winning bid in May.

Other cities vying for the game include Minnesota, Atlanta, New Orleans, Denver and Miami.

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