INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis was invited to submit a bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
Officials announced Indianapolis, along with New Orleans and Minneapolis, made the short list of cities invited to submit a formal bid to host the event.
The Super Bowl Committee said it is going to be a tough fight, but they are confident, thanks to a great deal of support.
Indianapolis leaders will need to raise an estimated $30 million to host the event, and the committee thinks they can do it with the help of pledges from past donors and new ones too.
"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," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said after the announcement.
Gov. Mike Pence also released a statement about the 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," Pence said.
Indianapolis officials announced in August intentions to bid for another Super Bowl after the highly-acclaimed event in 2012 that boasted over 1 million visitors to Super Bowl Village on Georgia Street.
Other cities that were vying for a chance to host the 2018 Super Bowl included Miami, Dallas and Tampa.
Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay was hopeful for another opportunity to host the big game.
"Indy can't sell beaches or palm trees, but what we do sell is we do it better than anyone else," Irsay said.
The Super Bowl Committee will submit a formal bid in writing in April 2014. A formal bid will be presented in person to the NFL owners in May 2014.
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