With the first major hurdle cleared, the effort in Indianapolis to land the 2018 Super Bowl will now focus on a bid presentation. Local bid committee Vice Chair Dave Lewis told Inside INdiana Business earlier this year, the initiative will likely need around $30 million in corporate support, up from $25 million raised for the 2012 game. The NFL has selected Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans as finalists for 2018. The winning city will be picked during league meetings in May. The NFL announced the finalists Tuesday afternoon during its fall meetings Tuesday.

Six cities had applied to bid for the game.

Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012 and organizers say it was a huge boost for the central Indiana economy.

It is facing stiff competition for the 2018 game.

Minneapolis will have a new stadium by then and New Orleans will be celebrating its 300th birthday.

The three cities will make formal presentations and the league is expected to pick 2018 Super Bowl site during next spring's owners meetings.

Source: Indiana Sports Corp. Twitter Feed, Inside INdiana BusinessOctober 8, 2013

Statement from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard

“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.”

Source: Office of the Indianapolis Mayor

October 8, 2013

Statement from Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indianapolis, IN – Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement regarding Indianapolis’ Super Bowl LII bid opportunity.

“It's exciting to hear that the NFL selected Indianapolis as one of the top three finalists for Super Bowl LII in 2018. Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012, and we look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.”

Source: Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence

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