INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2016) - It's been four year since the Circle City played host to the Super Bowl, drawing rave reviews for its walkable downtown and its ground-breaking Super Bowl village.
But two years later, the NFL chose Minneapolis over Indy to host Super Bowl LII in 2018, and now an influx of new stadiums across the league is making the process of hosting the Super Bowl a more challenging task. Still, the organizers of Super Bowl XLVI here in Indy say they're hopeful for the future.
"As we start looking out into the next 8-10 years, I do believe at some point we will bid again," said Melangton.
In this week's edition of IN Focus, host committee chairman Mark Miles and host committee CEO Allison Melangton talk about the Super Bowl four years ago, the efforts to bring it back, and this year's milestone Super Bowl 50.
"I've been watching the lead up to the Super Bowl and it's interesting they've done almost exactly what we did here to get that synergy and that excitement," said Melangton.
In the video above, Miles and Melangton discuss the process of bringing the Super Bowl back to Indianapolis, and in the video below, Mike Berman reports from San Francisco, where NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed some of the big issues facing the National Football League.
Miles and Melangton, now with Hulman & Company, also discuss this year's milestone Indy 500, which will be the 100th running of the historic race here in Indianapolis.
Renovations have been underway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of Project 100, to update the historic facility ahead of this year's race.
In a wide-ranging interview, Miles also discusses the civil rights legislation that died in the state Senate last week involving gay rights and religious freedom, and the effects of that ongoing controversy on our city and state.
"It’s difficult to see how basic human rights could be in conflict with religion but it’s pretty clear that for some Hoosiers that’s the case," said Miles. "I think it’s only a matter of time until people listen to young people and understand we have to get past that… I hope it’s something our legislature understands and acts on the next chance they get.”