If Indianapolis Doesn’t Get 2018 Super Bowl, City Should Try Again

Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis, 2012

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Indianapolis will know by the end of the day Tuesday whether it will host the 2018 Super Bowl. The NFL owners have congregated in Atlanta to hear pitches from Indy, Minnesota and New Orleans, and rumor has it that Indy currently occupies third place. Sometimes Indianapolis teams, even Super Bowl Bid Committees, operate best from an underdog position. And sometimes Indianapolis teams get a little blinded by their success; but that doesn’t mean they should quit trying.

Indy’s 2012 Super Bowl XLVI was seen as an overwhelming success. The weather was uncharacteristically gorgeous. The city layout is ideal for centralized events. The football stadium is one of the best modern facilities in the league, and Indianapolis sports fans understand the energy and hospitality that goes into making something feel like an event. Super Bowl XLVI was more than just the obligatory pat on the head for building Lucas Oil Stadium. Indy is a first-class sporting event city. Watch this weekend, when they host both the Indy 500 and the Eastern Conference Finals on consecutive days and you’ll see it’s true. (I’m devastated that the NBA didn’t schedule the Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat for Sunday; there’s nothing better than race day with a playoff basketball chaser.)

Indy’s not the sporting world’s best kept secret anymore, but odds are they still won’t be awarded the 2018 Super Bowl. The Minnesota Vikings will play their “new stadium” card (and maybe they’ll earn it on more than that, just as Indy did). The New Orleans Saints always have several checks in the win column, including the mild winter weather, phenomenal food and the unique tourist culture (not to mention they’ll be celebrating the anniversary of their city’s founding).

Indianapolis Colts fans might scream, “Hey! Minnesota, your old stadium’s roof caved in! And the last time we went to New Orleans, your power went out! We have a flawless track record; it didn’t even snow!” Owner Jim Irsay is out of rehab and on the mend; he’ll be there to make the pitch along with the rest of the committee, including former (and beloved) Colt Jeff Saturday. But this time it might not matter.

Indianapolis deserves to host a second Super Bowl. Actually, they deserve to host many more Super Bowls. They earned it, and even if they might have been a little too proud over the success of the first one, they won’t take future opportunities for granted. That’s not the way the city’s wired. In the likely event the 2018 Super Bowl goes to the north or south, Indy should take it in stride and start working on their next pitch. Immediately. In time, the league will miss them and realize it’s time to go back.

Bethany Robison is an Indianapolis Colts writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @BethanyRobison and add her to your network on Google.


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