Indianapolis to announce bid for 2011 Super Bowl

January 30, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- As the Colts chase a Super Bowl title, Indianapolis is pursuing another prize: the chance to host the NFL's title game.

Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Gov. Mitch Daniels and other business and community leaders planned a news conference Wednesday to discuss the city's proposed bid for the 2011 Super Bowl.

The city has until April 2 to submit a bid. The process includes securing 27,000 hotel rooms, finding locations for dozens of events and outlining how it would accommodate fans and media attending.

The Super Bowl and the events that go along with it can cost a host city $10 million to $20 million, most of which is raised through contributions from the business sector. City officials met with top business executives in December to solicit financial support.

The Super Bowl would have an economic impact of at least $300 million on the host city, according to Fred Glass, chairman of the city's Capital Improvement Board.

In 2008, the Colts will move into Lucas Oil Field, a retractable dome across from their current RCA Dome home.

The 32 NFL team owners likely will choose the location for the 2011 game at their spring meeting May 21-23 in Nashville. Dallas and Arizona are considered contenders, and New Orleans also has shown some interest.

The Super Bowl has traveled north only three times in its 41-year history, largely due to a limited number of indoor stadiums and winter weather concerns. But NFL officials say Indianapolis' average 31-degree temperature in February doesn't take it out of the running.

Indianapolis bid for the 1992 game, but lost to Minneapolis.

Updated on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2007 6:54 pm EST

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