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Indy Gets Super Bowl XLVI

5/20/2008

Indianapolis and the new Lucas Oil Stadium will host the NFL's Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

The team owners voted this afternoon after hearing the final pitches from Indianapolis and the other bidders, Houston, Texas and Glendale, Arizona.

A huge factor in Indy's success is the new home of the Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, which has a retractable roof.

Experience in hosting large events like the Indy 500 and NCAA Final Four also helped, as well as the new airport terminal.

Indy pledged $25 million in private investments.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he and the NFL owners were impressed with Indianapolis' commitment to building a second practice facility that will be a "lasting legacy" of hosting the big game.

The facility will be located at Arsenal Tech High School, and will then become a recreational center for children.

The economic impact to the region is estimated to be into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Indianapolis narrowly lost out to Dallas last year in its bid for the 2011 game.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said he believed the city would go a great job hosting the NFL's biggest event.

"We can't wait to get to 2012," Irsay said. "It was tough not getting it done last year, but it's all worth it right now."

"As a Colts fan, I'm thrilled. As a citizen of Indiana, I'm proud," Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement. "This cements our state's reputation as a sports and big events capital."

Of the 42 Super Bowls, the three played indoors in cold-weather cities were in 1982 and 2006 in Detroit and 1992 in Minneapolis.

The next two Super Bowls are in Tampa and in South Florida.
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