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Indianapolis will soon make another run at hosting Super Bowl

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Indianapolis drew rave reviews for its hosting of Super Bowl XLVI, and it plans to make another Super Bowl bid in the near future.

“We will most likely make another bid for the Super Bowl in Indy at latter part of the decade,” Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning. “It was one of the best host/city performances ever.”

In late February, Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard said similar things. Hosting the Super Bowl can generate a lot of revenue for a city, and Indy may have an inside track based on its recent success. Florio has argued Indianapolis “should have a spot in the regular rotation.”

The upcoming Super Bowl will be hosted by New Orleans, with New York and Phoenix to follow. Indianapolis will host the Women’s Final Four in 2016, but it could jump back into the Super Bowl mix after that.

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28 Responses to “Indianapolis will soon make another run at hosting Super Bowl”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 10, 2012 11:25 AM

    As long as it’s not Jacksonville, what a mess that was.

  2. mjbulls45 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:28 AM

    football is a game that is meant to be played OUTDOORS,

    ALL the superbowls should be played outdoors, if its bad weather , so be it ,

    it was meant to be , play it out ,

    im tired of these indoor games,

    outdoor is the element of surprise , thats why the 2014 in NYC is gonna be crucial

  3. schoolinsummertime says: Apr 10, 2012 11:34 AM

    Yea you dont want to have a huge conflict like the Womens Final Four getting in the way

  4. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 10, 2012 11:35 AM

    It drew “rave reviews” only because the one the year before was a disaster of epic proportions.

  5. jpb12 says: Apr 10, 2012 11:49 AM

    As opposed to Dallas… Indy did a terrific job hosting by all accounts. If Jerry gets another Super Bowl before Indy does… something is VERY wrong.

  6. binkystevens says: Apr 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    Good. This city knows how to host a Superbowl, and proved that they are deserving of another. The contrast between Indy and Dallas is stark. Please Goodell, listen to the fans: No one wants to drive to some small town (Arlington) in between two cities to watch another Superbowl at Jerrah’s palace.

  7. YouGetTheHorns says: Apr 10, 2012 12:10 PM

    I wasn’t sure if Indy should host again just because Jim Irsay and Mayor Greg Ballard endorsed it, but now that Florio said so, I’m all for it!

  8. shackdelrio says: Apr 10, 2012 12:34 PM

    “joetoronto says:
    Apr 10, 2012 11:25 AM
    As long as it’s not Jacksonville, what a mess that was.”

    Right. Like you were actually in Jacksonville for the game.

  9. vikes49 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:40 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    Apr 10, 2012 11:35 AM
    It drew “rave reviews” only because the one the year before was a disaster of epic proportions.

    were you there??????

  10. nygiants2286 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:49 PM

    I was actually at the super bowl this year, and the city of Indy did an awesome job. Everyone was real friendly (shocker being from Manhattan) and their were tons of bars and restaurants 1-2 blocks from the stadium…not to mention they allowed open containers in the streets

  11. tikibarbersthesaurus says: Apr 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    Put together another 4000 hotel rooms so the Super 8 doesn’t go for $900 a night, and we’ll have a deal.

  12. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 10, 2012 12:57 PM

    no small market teams should host.

  13. joetoronto says: Apr 10, 2012 1:01 PM

    shackdelrio & vikes49:

    This just in, you don’t actually have to be somewhere to know what’s going on nowadays.

    We’re talking about the friggin Super Bowl here.

    Geez.

  14. sj39 says: Apr 10, 2012 1:46 PM

    I don’t know, it was pretty funny hearing the press whine about ice and such in Dallas.

  15. philtration says: Apr 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    If they really want to have another Super Bowl in Texas then why not Texas Memorial Stadium?

    It holds 100,000 fans and Austin is a much better place to have a good time than most of the other cities that have hosted one.

  16. 49erstim says: Apr 10, 2012 2:08 PM

    Indy lucked out with the mild winter we just had. If it had snowed all week the media guys would’ve complained and it would’ve been considered a “disastet”.

  17. 49erstim says: Apr 10, 2012 2:09 PM

    Disaster is what I meant…. Obviously…. Oops. :-)

  18. shackdelrio says: Apr 10, 2012 2:19 PM

    “joetoronto says:
    Apr 10, 2012 1:01 PM
    shackdelrio & vikes49:

    This just in, you don’t actually have to be somewhere to know what’s going on nowadays.”

    I guess it is easier to just assume the media reporting on it are correct. Not the other 99% of the people in town for the game.

    That’s cool bro.

  19. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Apr 10, 2012 2:22 PM

    I can say I like both stadiums because I’ve been to both. I was at the 2009 AFC Championship Game and the Patriots 4&2 game that year. I go to Dallas once a year for a game and I’m from Boston.

    I like Indy as a city much better, because you don’t have to drive as much but I love my annual trips to Dallas. Both stadiums should be in the regular mix and I think they should bring the Pro Bowl back to the Super Bowl city as well.

  20. bluvayner says: Apr 10, 2012 2:28 PM

    Indy did a great job……but…..it probably would have been a different story if it were even close to a normal winter.

    The only way Indy was able to handle it all was by staging a lot of outdoor events. They turned most of downtown into a pedestrian mall, staged outdoor concerts, sold beer, and allowed public drinking in the streets. If it had been 15 degrees and blowing snow, there wouldn’t have been enough indoor space to accomodate everyone.

    It was a great week, so thank the gods and call it a day. Move the Super Bowl back to places like Miami, Phoenix, Tampa, New Orleans, and SF/LA where it belongs.

  21. selgaeinla says: Apr 10, 2012 2:43 PM

    ABD=Anywhere But Dallas
    I was in Jacksonville and it sucked. And yes, you can believe the media when on the first day in Indy, they said it was already better than Dallas.

  22. baddegg says: Apr 10, 2012 2:45 PM

    I wish the NFL would give ALL teams equal opportunity to host a Super Bowl. New York finally broke the ice for an East Coast team hosting an outdoor Super Bowl, but what about others, like Philadelphia, Washington, New England, Cleveland, Cincinnati, etc.

    I know, I know…”it’s crappy in those cities…no one wants to go there in February” etc. But for a league that crows about “fairness” and “competitive balance,” they sure keep rotating the Super Bowl to a limited number of sites.

  23. bnwpnw says: Apr 10, 2012 2:54 PM

    As long as Seattle gets one first.

  24. rtk23 says: Apr 10, 2012 3:24 PM

    The most important thing about the super bowl is THE GAME. Not what the weather is like, if there are enough bars, blah, blah. Depending on the venue, 0nly like 65-90 000 are going to the game. The NFL worries too much about about the thousands of other people who migrate to the city.

  25. bythebeardofplummer says: Apr 10, 2012 3:31 PM

    So let me get this straight…the Super Bowl will be in New York (Jersey) and then Phoenix (Glendale). You guys are just plain lazy.

  26. beeronthefridge says: Apr 10, 2012 3:34 PM

    Superbowl to buffalo!

  27. armchairqb says: Apr 10, 2012 3:36 PM

    I’ve been to a Super Bowl in Tampa and this most recent SB in Indy. Gotta say, Indy did a better job. The city isn’t glamorous, but it’s a perfect venue. Everything centrally located. They did a great job and completely deserve to get another SB. It was a great experience.

  28. bluvayner says: Apr 10, 2012 4:25 PM

    rtk23 says: “The most important thing about the super bowl is THE GAME. Not what the weather is like, if there are enough bars, blah, blah. Depending on the venue, 0nly like 65-90 000 are going to the game. The NFL worries too much about about the thousands of other people who migrate to the city”.

    At most NFL games, 95% of the people sleep in their own home the night before the game. At a Super Bowl, probably 90% of the people come in from other cities. The layout of the city, the number of bars and restaurants, and the surrounding infrastructure DOES matter.

    This is what makes it an EVENT. This is what makes money for the host city. This is why cities covet the game. This is what makes the Super Bowl the number one sporting event in the world.

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