Monday, April 2, 2007

Indianapolis 2011

Indianapolis formally submitted its bid to hold the Super Bowl in 2011. Our competitors will be Dallas and Arizona. Both cities have or will have a new stadium at that point. Indianapolis' own Lucas Oil Stadium will be open in time for the 2008-2009 season.

The NFL has rarely gone to cold weathered cities for its big event. Two such cities Minneapolis and Detroit both have hosted the Super Bowl. As a reward for building a new stadium Detroit hosted the Super Bowl two years ago.

There is some question whether or not Indianapolis has the entertainment options to satisfy the masses who come to the Super Bowl city. How long do you think it will take the corporate types mixing it up at Ike and Jonesys or Tiki Bobs to realize they aren't at South Beach?

Truth be known Indianapolis does have some disadvantages but has a great advantage in its downtown. Many of the guests will be able to stay near all much of the nightlife downtown. The proximity of the stadium to many of the entertainment options in the city makes it an attractive option when compared to the last host, Miami, which did not have the same logistics.

Personally, I hope the city gets the Super Bowl and there is no doubt that the city would put on quite a show. Indy has routinely put on big events, including the Final Four multiple times. I spoke to a guy last year who was attending the Final Four and had attended the Super Bowl in Detroit. He said that Indy put on a better show for that event than Detroit did for the Super Bowl. I don't doubt it. Heck, even the 15 people who came for the World Basketball Championship a few years ago were impressed with the Nap.

Hopefully the leaders of the NFL will be too. Here's hoping that we get the big game in 2011 and the Colts become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home city.


Blogger torporindy said...

If the Capital Food Court were still open, then we'd win the bid for sure.

April 02, 2007  

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