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Stadium Sponsor Donates $1M To City's Super Bowl Bid

4/19/2007

Indianapolis has gotten a financial boost to it's bid to bring the 2011 Super Bowl to the city.

Lucas Oil Products, which won the naming rights to the new Colts' stadium, has pledged $1 million to support Indianapolis' bid for the 2011 Super Bowl.

The city is seeking to raise between 20 and 25 million dollars in private funds to show the NFL it can host the event. Company owner Forrest Lucas hopes his pledge will "spur others to donate to the cause."

Colts owner Jim Irsay has also pledged $1 million dollars to the effort as well.

Indianapolis 2011 Inc. President, Fred Glass, says donations are now in the "Red Zone." The NFL will make it's decision on a host city at it's meeting in Nashville, Tenn. in late May.

The city will have 15 minutes to present highlights of their bid to the NFL owners at that meeting.

Lucas says there's also a chance Indianapolis could become the first Super Bowl host city to have a team playingin the game.

Officails say an Indianapolis Super Bowl would bring about $262 million into central Indiana.

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