Indianapolis is still in the running to host the Super Bowl in 2018.
NFL owners met Tuesday and announced Indianapolis, New Orleans, and Minneapolis are the finalist cities to host the game.
In the Super Bowl bid, Indianapolis capitalized on the success of hosting the 2012 Super Bowl, considered by many as one of the most successful in Super Bowl history.
"It is very gratifying the NFL asked Indy to submit a bid to host Super Bowl LII. Indy's reputation for hosting great events is unmatched. I have no doubt our team will put forth an exciting plan to host another Super Bowl that will make the NFL, its owners, and football fans around the world very proud," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said Tuesday.
"We, in Indianapolis, made it very clear this is more than a game," David Lewis, 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee Vice-Chair, said in the news conference Tuesday.
Officials noted the other two cities still in the running have a lot going for them as well. Minneapolis has a new stadium, and New Orleans has the French Quarter.
"The 2012 Super Bowl had a tremendously positive impact on Indiana and our community is ready to produce a compelling bid for 2018. Our competition is stiff, but we look forward to showcasing the strengths of our community and earning the right to host Super Bowl LII," Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president said.
Cathy Langham, 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee Vice-Chair, invited all Hoosiers to share their ideas for the Super Bowl bid with the Indiana Sports Corp. Those with ideas can submit them here.
Lewis said the bid will highlight that Indianapolis is family friendly and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The work to prepare the Indianapolis bid will begin immediately. The city needs to raise $30 million dollars by the time the bid is due.
In a news conference to announce the bid back in August, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said while Indianapolis may not have peaches and palm trees, the city does have unmatched Hoosier hospitality.
"We are the gold standard of how Super Bowls are run."
NFL officials are expected to announce the city that has been chosen to host the 2018 Super Bowl in May.
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