NFL to announce 2018 Super Bowl bid finalists
The 2012 Super Bowl was more than a game to Indianapolis. More than 100,000 people took part in ten straight days of non-stop events that put the city in the national spotlight.
Indianapolis is hoping to do it again in 2018.
Today, we are expecting to find out whether Indianapolis makes the "short list" of Super Bowl cities for that game.
An NFL committee meets later today to make that decision.
Hosting a Super Bowl is not only prestigious, but it can also boost a city's bottom line.
Georgia Street is among the changes made here that have a lasting result of Indy's first Super Bowl.
Mayor Greg Ballard said $384-million came into the city as a result of hosting the 2012 Super Bowl. When Indy hosted it, everything seemed to go right. So city leaders want to do what no other small market, cold weather city has done before - land a second Super Bowl based on its previous success.
But there will be plenty of competition, because the stakes are high, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay. "The bidding is so competitive because the economic impact is so large and what it means to a city," Irsay said. "People throw around the figure $400-million and it's always debated."
Irsay will be among seven NFL owners who are part of a committee that will narrow the list of cities to four or less to host the Super Bowl in 2018.
Those finalists will be announced today.
Along with Indianapolis, Tampa and New Orleans are putting in a bid. Atlanta and Minneapolis are expected to bid, as well.
Once the committee makes their list, those cities will have until April to come up with details of the bid.
"Last time we raised between $20-and-26-million," said Allison Melangton, who quarterbacked the 2012 Super Bowl Committee and new serves as President of the Indiana Sports Corporation. "So going forward, we are looking at $30-to-32-million. So we feel confident we can pull that together, but we won't start that until we know we made the short list."
Check back on Eyewitness News at noon and 5:00 p.m. for the announcement. We will also break the news on social media as soon as we confirm where Indy stands in the 2018 bidding.