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Indy Announces Bid for 2012 Super Bowl

2/19/2008

City officials Tuesday formally announced plans to bid for the Super Bowl in 2012.

The presentation included footage of major events, such as the Indy 500, the NCAA Final Four, and the AFC Title game last year.

The committee outlined their plans going forward, including assembling a team of community leaders.

Fundraising efforts for the pitch are also underway.

Last year, when the city bid for the 2011 game, the private sector kicked in $25 million toward the bid.

Glendale, Arizona and Houston, Texas are also pursuing the 2012 hosting job.

Bid Committee President Mark Miles says even though those two cities have already hosted the Super Bowl, "sometimes it's better to run for office the first time around than to defend your record."

Miles called this a regional effort and says they want everyone to get involved with the pitch.

Preliminary bids for the 2012 game are due April 1st.

A website has also been set up to gauge public input - www.our2012sb.com.

As for Indianapolis' competition, Glendale just hosted the big game a few weeks back and Houston had it back in 2004.

Doug McKenzie with the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau says they have many advantages over Indianapolis, including the year-round warm weather. McKenzie is also touting the area's nearly-new stadium and 55-thousand hotel rooms.

McKenzie also offered some advice to Indianapolis and Houston -- make sure you have regional support and plenty of financial backing when making the pitch. Bids are due to the NFL April 1st.
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