Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Indy 2012

The NFL owners voted to award Indianapolis the Super Bowl in 2012. After the heart-break of last year where Indy was considered by many to have the superior bid but lost to Dallas, it is nice to see that one of the world's largest sporting events will finally make its way here. I guess third times the charm (Indy tried one other time in the 80's).

I don't know if the owners had much of a choice. Indy's competitors both had hosted Super Bowls previously with Arizona just hosting it last year. Plus it would have been one hell of a precedent to not award Indianapolis the Super Bowl after building a new stadium. The NFL likes to put the Super Bowl carrot in front of city leaders while they consider dropping 700 million or so on a new facility. Without awarding the Super Bowl to Indy this argument would have gotten much weaker.

But make no mistake, Indy will do a hell of a job. The city's compact downtown will make for a fun atmosphere. Maybe folks can't golf but they will be able to have a good time nevertheless. Plus I have never understood why there is such a huge priority on weather for the Super Bowl. If you can't get excited to see the largest football game on the planet without golf then you are a jackass.

I think the city getting the Super Bowl is really huge. It represents a culmination of a lot of vision of many great mayors to build this city into one that could host one of the largest events in the world. The thought of hundreds of millions of eyes on the city is very exciting.

And if the city never gets around to developing the old Market Square Arena site, there will also be plenty of ample parking.


Blogger torporindy said...

Yes, I am very excited. Let's hope there isn't a lockout in 2011 which would force a cancellation of the super bowl.

May 20, 2008  

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