Indy gears up for another Super Bowl bid

City is one of three finalists for 2018 game

INDIANAPOLIS - While people around the country were glued to their seats Sunday night watching the Super Bowl, many Hoosiers were thinking about the possibility of having the Big Game right here again in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis is currently one of three finalists to host Super Bowl 52, and members of the city's big committee have been in the Big Apple planning new strategies.

Experts say bringing another Super Bowl to Indianapolis would bring in more than $100 million – and attract a global spotlight once again to Indianapolis.

"It was crazy, but it was probably the most fun event I've ever worked and I've pretty much worked every event that's come to town," said waitress Stephanie Dillon, who served in Indianapolis when the city hosted the Super Bowl.

Indianapolis' bid committee will make its final presentation in May.

"Lucas Oil is my favorite stadium in the country," said Indianapolis sports fan Radahika Goial. "I think that 2018 is a great a real possibility."

To make that possibility a reality, though, Indianapolis will have to top bids from New Orleans and Minneapolis.

Some fans say they real feat may be topping the success of 2012.

"It would be awesome to have the Super Bowl here again," said Coaches Tavern owner Tom Sutton. "Super Bowl 46 was tremendous. It was great for business, and the city did a great job with it, so I think our chances are pretty good."

While the possibility of freezing winter weather may concern some critics, city leaders and supporters say not to county out the Circle City.

"To suggest that they're always going to go to warm weather cities because it's cold during the Super Bowl would be wrong," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Bid committee leaders say they've already raised more than $15 million from private donations to help host the Big Game.

On Monday, the committee plans to hold a press conference to discuss the current status of the Super Bowl bid. Coverage of that conference will be available on RTV6 and online at TheIndyChannel.com.

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