Indianapolis makes its case to host Super Bowl in 2018
Indianapolis will be the final city making its pitch to host the 2018 Super Bowl this week.
Eyewitness News has learned that Minneapolis will go first, followed by New Orleans and Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said on Twitter that the people of Indianapolis may be even more excited for this Super Bowl bid than last time.
He also tweeted that over $31 million in private donations was raised before the vote.
The Super Bowl committee is in Atlanta this week, ready to make their 15-minute pitch that Indianapolis should get another Super Bowl.
Kalen and Carlie Irsay are joining Indiana Sports Corp. President Allison Melangton to help with the presentation. Kalen Irsay tells WTHR the bid is not just about the city but about the community's hospitality, commitment and drive. Carlie Irsay said Indianapolis rolls out all the stops for the Super Bowl in terms of hospitality and friendliness.
"With Indy, we have an amazing stadium that wins awards year after year. That Midwest hospitality comes with it," she said.
"I grew up here. Even though my dad didn't, he considers it home. We've seen it grow into something different," Kalen Irsay said.
Former Colts player Jeff Saturday is part of the Indianapolis delegation. He'll remind NFL owners of the success Indianapolis had hosting the 2012 Super Bowl.
"We've proven what we've done. We're excited about what we did in 2012 and I look forward to Super Bowl LII being in Indianapolis," Saturday said.
Saturday is a strategic choice as a presenter. He knows the owners as a former member of the Executive Committee with the NFL Players Association.
While we won't know all the details about the city's bid, we do know that Indianapolis is partnering with USA Football on the "Heads-up" football safety program as a legacy project. Those legacy projects formed an integral part of the city's successful 2012 bid, most notably on the city's east side.
"We can offer the NFL a legacy project that is game-changing for its future," said Indianapolis Sports Corporation president Allison Melangton.
Minneapolis and New Orleans will also be making their final presentations to the NFL owners for the 2018 Super Bowl. Indianapolis' successful 2012 Super Bowl is sure to help city leaders make their case for another bid, but the Circle City has some competition.
The Super Bowl is a week-long party. New Orleans knows how to throw a party with a culture of music, food and fun. The biggest advantage for New Orleans is experience and tradition. No city has hosted more Super Bowls - ten of them - with seven at the Superdome.
New Orleans boasts 20,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Superdome, and like Indy Super Bowl activities, are conveniently centered downtown.
The New Orleans 2018 bid centers on the 300th anniversary of the city.
Eyewitness News anchor Scott Swan and reporter Mary Milz are in Atlanta, following Indy's Super Bowl Host Committee. We'll have updates on Eyewitness News at 5:00, as well as updates posted here on WTHR.com.