NEW YORK CITY — As anticipation builds over whether Indianapolis will host a second Super Bowl in 2018, the team responsible for putting together the city’s bid arrived in New York City on Thursday.
Fox 59 caught up with the bid committee as they made their way through New York’s Super Bowl Boulevard.
The Boulevard, taking over 13 blocks of Broadway that have been shut down to traffic, is modeled after the Super Bowl Village Indianapolis created in 2012.
After the success of Indy’s Village, the NFL now requires all bids to include a similar concept.
“Indianapolis was all about the fan experience in 2012 and we certainly think that’s a strength that we would want to duplicate in 2018,” committee Vice Chair Dave Lewis said.
The team will spend their time in New York in meetings with the NFL and on site tours with the current host committee. They’ll also browse the area to see what ideas New York might have to offer.
“(We want) to see what they’re doing, what’s the energy wrapped around it,” Lewis said.
Still, on first inspection the committee said they did see similarities between the Boulevard and Indianapolis’ village that were pretty unmistakable, especially in the city’s interactive toboggan run.
“You can’t help but … see some similarities between the toboggan behind us and the very popular zip line that we had in Indianapolis,” Lewis said.
The committee will head back on Sunday, before the big game. Their bid is due in mid-April and NFL owners will vote on the 2018 bid in May. Indianapolis will face competition from Minnesota and New Orleans.