Indianapolis was universally regarded as a great Super Bowl host this year, so it’s no surprise that the city wants to do it again.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard opened a speech this morning by saying, “I have four words for you: Let’s do it again.” And Mark Miles, the chairman of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, said corporate partners and donors have already told him they’re eager to bid on the 2018 Super Bowl. The NFL is expected to choose the 2018 host in 2014.
“We feel like our city excelled and has the capacity to do it well again,” Miles told the Indianapolis Star. “I’d just tell you, the feedback was overwhelming — it was nearly unanimous: ‘You’ve got to do this.’”
A significant part of the success in Indianapolis this year was good luck with the weather: Super Bowl Sunday was a beautiful day, and the week before the Super Bowl had much warmer temperatures than usual for late January and early February. If Indianapolis had been hit with a blizzard that week, the host city’s reviews wouldn’t have been so positive. (We all know sports writers love nothing more than to complain about the weather during their paid vacation to the Super Bowl.)
But Indianapolis was a great host in other respects, from the well-run events downtown to the legions of volunteers eager to help any visitor who needed any type of assistance. And the downtown area in Indianapolis is well suited to dealing with bad weather because it’s easy to get to all of the Super Bowl week events without going outdoors. (It also helped that unlike Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Field actually had a seat for everyone who bought a ticket.)
There’s no doubt that Indianapolis is a fine Super Bowl host. And there’s little doubt that the NFL owners will vote to give Indianapolis another Super Bowl.