2018 Super Bowl Bid

Update, Oct. 8: Indianapolis is one of three finalists selected to compete for the right to host Super Bowl LII in 2018. Competing cities are Minneapolis and New Orleans. The Super Bowl Bid Committee and Bid Team will continue to prepare a compelling bid to present to the NFL owners in May 2014.

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Indiana Sports Corp will lead the bid effort on behalf of Indianapolis for Super Bowl LII in 2018. Indianapolis announced its intent to bid on August 30 (full release). We are proud of the great success of Super Bowl XLVI and the events leading up to the big game.

“The collaboration that went into the 2012 Super Bowl and the success of the event has generated tremendous community support to pursue the 2018 event,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president and formerly the president/CEO of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee. “After doing our due diligence on the 2018 bid landscape, the Super Bowl Host Committee board has enthusiastically decided to move forward with a 2018 bid.”
As the first step in the process, the NFL was officially notified of Indianapolis’ intent to bid. The NFL will review the list of cities that have officially submitted their candidacy in the coming months. In October, the NFL will announce a shortened list of finalists that will be invited to formally bid. The bid includes an in-depth response to the requirements for the event and a presentation at the May 2014 NFL Owners Meeting. The 32 NFL owners will vote on the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl at that meeting in May 2014.
Melangton will chair the 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee board of directors throughout the community’s bid to host Super Bowl LII. Indiana Sports Corp will lead the bid effort. Mark Miles, the chair of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, will join Governor Mike Pence, Mayor Greg Ballard and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Bid Committee.
The 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee officers also include Vice-Chair Cathy Langham (President, Langham Logistics), Vice-Chair David Lewis (Vice President of Global Taxes / Assistant Treasurer, Eli Lilly & Company), Treasurer Derrick Burks (Managing Partner, Ernst and Young), and Secretary Rafael Sanchez (Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP).

Volunteer recruitment for this event will only be done if Indianapolis is chosen to host the event (decision in May, 2014). We encourage you to make sure your volunteer profile is updated in our Indiana Sports Corp Volunteer Database. No other action is required on your part to receive 2018 Super Bowl volunteer information if Indianapolis is selected. If you would like to support Indiana Sports Corp through an individual or corporate membership, we also greatly appreciate that support of the sports initiative in Indiana. 

A Super Bowl Host Committee staff would only be established if Indianapolis’ bid is successful (decision in May, 2014). That application process would not open until late 2014/early 2015. Indiana Sports Corp is not accepting résumés for any potential Super Bowl Host Committee staff positions at this time.  

See the impact of the 2012 Super Bowl through our "XLVI Faces" video series.

The impact of the NFL and Super Bowl XLVI was felt not only in the Indianapolis area, but around the state. The economic impact study for Super Bowl XLVI, researched and completed by Rockport Analytics, concludes that the Indianapolis metro area experienced significant economic boost as a result of ten days of visitor activity. The report highlights include total gross expenditures of $384 million, resulting in a direct economic impact from Super Bowl XLVI of $176 million. It also is impressive that estimated Super Bowl-related spending that originated from outside of the Indianapolis metro area was estimated at $342 million. About 84 cents of every dollar spent for Super Bowl XLVI was retained in Indianapolis.

Super Bowl XLVI provided Indianapolis with a platform to showcase the city to the entire world, and the world noticed. Everyone from Neil Patrick Harris to Tony Dungy offered their opinions of Indianapolis as a host city. John Kincade of ESPN even went as far to say "I have never seen a city that seems to have more of their business in order getting ready to host a Super Bowl than I've seen out of Indianapolis". Darren Rovell, a sports business reporter of CNBC at the time, called Indianapolis "the best Super Bowl city I've ever seen."

As Indianapolis gears up for another Super Bowl bidding process, the city is embarking upon a journey that many visitors in 2012 hoped they would take. ESPN analyst Michael Irvin said after the 2012 game "I must give Indy an A++ on hosting the Super Bowl. They surely earned another." The Chicago Tribune, too, offered their support of a future bid. "As for Indianapolis, Super Bowl XLVI should in no way be its last after how the city expertly handled its first shot as a host."

Indianapolis takes great pride in submitting a community based bid. If you have an idea for our 2018 Super Bowl bid, please submit it here.