Indy to bid for 2018 Super Bowl

City filed intent with NFL

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis officials have decided to move forward and will bid to bring the 2018 Super Bowl to Lucas Oil Stadium.

The 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee notified the NFL Friday of the city's intent to submit a bid.

The NFL will announce a list of finalists in October, then those finalists will be invited to submit a formal bid.

The 32 NFL owners then vote on the host city for the game at a May 2014 meeting.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Colts owner Jim Irsay were among the group making the announcement.

"It's going to take a mighty effort, I'm not gonna lie about that. We don't sell the beaches and the palm trees and the ocean. But what we do sell is we do it better than anyone else," Irsay said.

Ballard announced in July 2012 that the city would put together a bid for the 2018 event.

"I have four words for you -- let's do it again," Ballard said during the announcement.

Cities have until the end of August to let the NFL know their intentions. In October, cities will find out if they are invited to bid.

Other likely contenders to host the 2018 Super Bowl include New Orleans, Minneapolis and San Francisco.

Future Super Bowl host cities include: New York/New Jersey in 2014, Phoenix/Glendale in 2015, San Francisco/Santa Clara in 2016, and Houston in 2017.

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