2018 Super Bowl - Will Indy advance?

2012's Super Bowl activities brought tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Indianapolis.
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The city will learn Tuesday whether it's still in the running for the 2018 Super Bowl.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL's Super Bowl Advisory Committee will decide which cites are invited to bid during the owners meeting in Washington, DC next week.

Allison Melangton, president of the Indiana Sports Corp and chair of the 2018 bid committee, said they're ready to kick it into high gear if Indy's among the finalists.

Melangton, who headed the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, said the top of the list will be deciding who leads the 2018 effort, noting she's committed to her job at the Sports Corp.

Other priorities will be getting pledges from donors to fund the effort and deciding a new legacy project.

The Chase Near East Side Legacy Center was part of the city's 2012 bid.

Paul Kervan, a lifelong east side resident, said he works out there five days a week. He said it's saved his life.

"I had heart failure and weighed 370 lbs. I weigh 260 now and I'm doing much better physically," he said.

Like many, Kervan spent time at Super Bowl Village, taking his sons to the NFL Experience and letting them try the zipline.

He'd love to see the city host another Super Bowl. Tuesday he'll will be watching to see if Indy makes the short list for 2018.

"We kind of know what to expect, how to win," he said. "We have a gorgeous facility in Lucas Oil Stadium, a very good team and a great front office the last 10 to 12 years."

Besides Indianapolis, Tampa and New Orleans are also vying for the game. The NFL won't say which other cities submitted the two-page intent to bid form, but Melangton thinks there could be six to eight cities that did so without going public.

McCarthy said the field will be narrowed to two to four host cities. He said the committee making that decision includes seven owners, including the Colt's Jim Irsay. The others represent the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.

All but Oakland are cold-weather cities. While Melangton wasn't sure how that might affect Indy's odds of making the short list Kervan offered, "It has to help us, they gave New York the Super Bowl and they don't even have an Indoor Stadium. At least with Lucas Oil, if it snows, you can still have the Super Bowl and it would be a comfortable 68 degrees inside.

McCarthy said once the finalists are named for 2018, NFL staff will begin working with the various host committees on their bids. The rough draft will be due in April with the final bid due May 1st. McCarthy said the owners will select the 2018 host city during their annual meeting in mid-May.