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Indianapolis planning to bid for ‘12 Super Bowl

January 30, 2008

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— A delegation from Indianapolis will travel to Arizona this week for the Super Bowl, with an eye toward the city making a bid for the 2012 game.

Those making the trip plan to meet with NFL officials to update the bid Indianapolis made last year, when it lost out to Dallas in a 17-15 vote among league owners for the 2011 Super Bowl.

Mayor Greg Ballard said Tuesday he was inclined to make a new bid but wanted to review corporate support and the NFL's requirements before making a final decision.

The new bid would highlight many of the same attributes as last year's - including the central location of the city's new retractable-roof Lucas Oil Stadium and its experience with large events such as the Indianapolis 500 and the NCAA men's basketball Final Four - to offset being a snow-belt city.

"Indianapolis is a great football city and, frankly, it deserves a Super Bowl," Ballard said. "They're going to send it back to a cold-weather city on occasion, and this is our time."

The city's review is expected to be finished in a month, with bids due to NFL officials by April 1.

Some new people will be heading up the bid committee this year following Ballard's election victory in November over Mayor Bart Peterson, who pushed last year's effort and its $25 million in private commitments toward costs for hosting the game.

Ballard appointed Mark Miles, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership economic development group, to lead the new bid evaluation.

While the NFL is adding some new bid requirements, such as a concert event the night before the game, Miles said he did not know of any changes that would derail an Indianapolis bid.

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