Indianapolis will find out this afternoon if it will be the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl. Indiana Sports Corp. President Allison Melangton and former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday will give the last of three 15 minute presentations to NFL owners. Minneapolis and New Orleans are the other finalists. Our partners at WTHR-TV report Colts Owner Jim Irsay says one of Indianapolis' major strengths is an “unprecedented” amount of funding pledged ahead of the bid. Irsay is expected to speak with fellow NFL owners in advance of the city's 2018 Super Bowl pitch this afternoon in Atlanta.
The Colts owner has been out of the public eye since being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in March.
Indianapolis-based USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck and Terre Haute-based Hulman and Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles are also part of the bid delegation.
Monday, the bid committee released points of emphasis for the presentation:
Indy's Money is in the Bank:
Indianapolis is the only Bid Committee that has pre-funded 100 percent of its Host Committee operations with secured, confirmed commitments from private companies and individuals prior to its bid presentation to host the event. This is the third time Indy has used this as a strategy in the bid process (2011, 2012 and 2018). Approximately $30 million has been raised for the 2018 effort. This removes any financial risk for the NFL regarding Host Committee expenses, and would allow Indianapolis to focus on planning the event – and not fundraising – on day one of securing the right to host the 2018 game. This level of commitment from the Indiana corporate community is unprecedented in any other community in the country, and showcases the generosity and vision that has made Indianapolis the leading sports city in the country.
An Exceptional Stage to Crown a Champion:
Lucas Oil Stadium performed exceptionally well as the host of Super Bowl XLVI. The stadium has been ranked as the nation’s top stadium for fan experience the past three years by Stadium Journey, which travels the country reviewing facilities. Lucas Oil Stadium remains state-of-the-art, and continues to receive national acclaim and high marks from the NFL and its partners, visiting teams, broadcasters, media members, and fans. While Indy promises to make hosting the Super Bowl “More Than a Game,” the most important part of hosting the Super Bowl is providing the perfect stage to play the world’s marquee sporting event, and Lucas Oil stadium has proven to be that perfect stage.
Indy Created the First Urban Super Bowl Celebration and 2018 will be Even Better:
As part of Indy’s bid to host the 2012 Super Bowl, Indianapolis presented a concept that became known as Super Bowl Village. Over 10 days leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, more than 1.1 million fans joined the football celebration in the Super Bowl Village. Located in close proximity to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center (which housed the NFL Experience and drew an NFL-record 265,000 fans), the Village included concerts, interactives, family programming, games, food and drink, and a zipline that became the talk of the sporting world. The 2018 bid now includes a requirement for a Host Committee to provide a Super Bowl Boulevard, and Indianapolis’ bid includes an expansion of the celebration to include Monument Circle, and a multimedia show utilizing advanced digital technology, laser building projections, fireworks, and concerts. This provides a progressive and dynamic interactive experience, elevating the standard for fan entertainment once again. The NFL brand will be the only brand in the spotlight, and it will dominate the landscape.
“More Than a Game”:
Indiana has built a sports history on leveraging hosting sports events to do great things for youth, residents, and organizations for the betterment of the community. Indianapolis has prioritized legacy projects with all major sporting events hosted in the city since the inception of Indiana Sports Corp in 1979. Our vision has always been to make it “More Than a Game.” It has been reported countless times that Indianapolis executed the most impactful legacy initiatives in Super Bowl history in conjunction with Super Bowl XLVI. It truly revitalized the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. As in 2012, the Legacy Initiative for Super Bowl LII will be multi-faceted.
No community is home to more national sports resources and organizations than Indianapolis. Partnering with Indianapolis-based USA Football, as well as the NCAA, National Federation of High School Athletic Associations, and the American College of Sports Medicine (all based in Indianapolis) among others, the Indiana legacy initiative is a commitment to a better and safer game of football by maximizing the sports resources and expertise only located in Indiana. Delivering important standards to youth and high school football would benefit our young athletes and address concerns that contribute to a participation decline. The Legacy Initiative answers these challenges through a partnership with USA Football and its Heads Up Football program through collaboration, innovation, funding, teaching, intellectual resources, research, and facilities. Our Legacy will not be a single concept, as the initiative also focuses on the important needs of the community and will support neighborhood development and residents, as well as programs that will serve our youth and others for generations to come.
Source: Indiana Sports Corp.