Big Easy writer says Indy should drop '18 Super Bowl bid

April 30, 2013
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Within three weeks, Indianapolis should know whom it faces in its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl. The bidding for the next three Super Bowls is bound to be competitive. And a little ugly.

On May 7, bids for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowl are due. Officials for Miami and San Francisco have already met with NFL brass to discuss their bids for the 2016 game.

Miami officials tried to get NFL owners to promise them a Super Bowl in 2016 or 2017 if the city and Dolphins committed to a multimillion-dollar renovation of Sun Life Stadium. NFL owners declined.

Miami is stealing a few ideas from Indianapolis to make itself more competitive, including a zip line along the waterfront. They’re calling it the Hail Mary Zip Line. Miami is proposing more than doubling the spending the city put into the 2010 Super Bowl, from $10 million to $21 million. The city is also proposing a Super Bowl theme park downtown and closing down Biscayne Boulevard for the festivities. The proposal sounds a lot like Indy’s Super Bowl Village.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has partnered with local advertising giant Goodby Silverstein & Partners to launch “Bring the Bowl to the Bay,” a social media support campaign for the bid. The 49ers will have a new $1.2 billion stadium—which opens next year—and Bay area officials are promising “the most high-tech” Super Bowl ever.

The 2016 Super Bowl will be the 50th, and the two coastal cities are expected to pull out all the stops. The loser of the 2016 Super Bowl will face Houston to see who hosts the 2017 Super Bowl.

Team owners will vote on the 2016 and 2017 sites at their annual spring meeting May 21 in Boston.

Indiana Sports Corp. President Allison Melangton expects the team that loses out on the 2017 Super Bowl to join Indianapolis and New Orleans in the fight for the 2018 game. New Orleans officials plan to tie in the city’s 300th birthday bash into hosting the 2018 Super Bowl.

Later this summer, Indianapolis’ Super Bowl bid committee will throw its effort into overdrive, Melangton said. That’s when the blueprint will get crafted with the nuts and bolts likely put in place later in the year. The city will make its presentation to team owners in May 2014.

Melangton hasn’t divulged any details of what might be in Indianapolis’ bid. City officials are keen not to have any of their ideas pilfered. Already, other cities are trying to replicate Indy’s Super Bowl Village and now Miami has borrowed Melangton’s zip line idea.

According to New Orleans officials and supporters, none of Indianapolis’ planning will matter. They have already proclaimed the 2018 Super Bowl “is ours to lose.”

“My initial thought was, 'Good luck, Indy. You’ll need it,'” said New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Jeff Duncan about Indianapolis' 2018 bid. “That Super Bowl is ours. … The competition would be wise to step aside and allow the Crescent City to bid unchallenged.”

Unchallenged? That’s not Indianapolis’ style.

“We know this much,” Melangton said. “It’s going to be competitive. We want our bid to be fresh.”

Ding ding. Sounds like it’s time to take the gloves off.

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  • Say What?
    Some goof at the newspaper in NOLA thinks we should drop our bid. Why? So they can have another power outage during the game? So people can continue to see how NOLA sets aside its traditional Mardi Gras to kowtow to the NFL? Yeah, I don't think so. We have as much right to bid for another Super Bowl as anyone. We did a great job with the first one, and the next will be even better - provided we have another steller Winter for weather like we did last year. :)
  • Next
    Sadly, he is right. We did the best Super Bowl in history, killing everyone's expectations and setting a new standard. Now, as you pointed out in the article, others (both warm and cold cities) will follow suit. Time for Indy to move on to the next big thing. Unfortunately, the NFL owners will NOT elect to send another SB to Indy for at least another 20 years. Lets walk away from the table while we're up.
  • Sounds to me like nola is afraid of competition. Indy put on the best super bowl ever, to the point where every new host is trying to imitate it and nola thinks we are afraid of their obsolete stadium and sex trade? Nola only has a football team because of Katrina. They are a one trick pony that is not family friendly nor that exciting. Other than their 300th bday, they have nothing to offer. No wonder they don't want competition
  • not likely
    The two factors which make Indianapolis unlikely to be considered to host another Superbowl are the size of Lucas Oil Stadium and the threat of winter weather. Dallas, New Orleans, and Phoenix all have nice weather and significant advantages in terms of seating capacity. Atlanta is about to build a new stadium and Miami is about to make significant renovations to their facility so you can put them in the mix as well. As much as I would like to see the big game come back to town there is just too much competition for it to be a realistic possibility. The city should focus on a more realistic goal, like bringing the Pan Am Games back to town.
  • Unfortunately
    After showing others who became complacent because they have nice weather how to do the thing, Indy has next to no chance to repeat. A favor for the new stadium and an acknowledgement from other owners that they really like Irsay, sadly this is a one-off. The game is a television only event for real fans, and a lavish business trip for the corporate elites.
  • Good Luck NOLA
    I hope you can keep the power on in the Superdome next time.
  • We don't need another Super Boondoggle.
    We should drop our bid because what little return the select few get patting themselves on the back, leveraging bragging rights and partying for a week at our expense is just not worth it. The Super Bowl COST us money. We need to really start thinking twice about Indy's jock-sniffing economy - cricket, money-losing boondoggles, stadiums that nobody wanted - and take a hard look at those things that really improve our economy, our community and our way of life. The arts. Education. Infrastructure. These are all taking the back seat so that a very, very small minority of community leaders that compensate for what have to be very, very, very small...brains. The symphony gets $175,000 a year from the city. Yet we dump tens upon tens of millions of dollars into money losing propositions that only benefit a few self-aggrandizing preeners.
  • The Arts In A Jock-Sniffing Economy.
    By the way, that's NOT to say that a jock-sniffing economy like the one we're trying to build here for some ridiculous reason can't coexist with strong support for the arts. Look at a real city like Pittsburgh...both a better sports town AND a better arts town. In their efforts to change the way the world thinks about Indy, our leadership of small-minded jock sniffers is actually underscoring our designation as Indian-noplace.
    • Been to both
      I was lucky enough to attend the SB in both Indy and in NOLA. In all fairness both cities have their pluses and minuses. As one of the organizers of the Indy SB said in the days immediately after the game, we used up 10 years of karma to get that kind of good weather. I believe there was talk from some of the team owners that before we'd get another SB we need more (preferably higher end) hotel space. There was significant focus on PanAm Plaza for it's prime location and under-utilized space as the place for that hotel. Is NOLA family-friendly, not really but families with younger children aren't who I've seen at the game. Other cities have or will have newer stadiums but that doesn't immediately shut Indy out. I think it just means Indy needs to create a more compelling bid package with the definition of "compelling" being on how Indy can make the owners and the NFL more money. After all, this is big business.
    • Are you kidding??
      Garland, the "jocks" themselves just helped bail out the symphony to the tune of $1.5 ml. Pittsburgh is much larger than Indy, with a much stronger corporate base. I love the symphony and the arts, but the economic benefit from hosting the Super Bowl was a no-brainer.
      • Super bowl a super loser
        Check your numbers. Factor in the cost to just apply to get the games ($1 million plus), the cost to acquire them (acquisition fee), what it cost to throw together a quick makeup job on the city and the Super Bowl actually COST Indianapolis money...economic impact figures are grossly exaggerated and, in fact, most of the money that comes in goes right back out the door again to hotel chains, restaurant chains and etc. not located here. The NFL experience actually cost local restaurants and bars business and actually sequesters attendees AWAY from anything that could possibly benefit our local businesses. Add to that jacked up prices from parking to PuPu Platters, the cost of a stadium that we didn't want built and everything else that went into a one-week boondoggle and you quickly see that support of the arts - a $350 million industry year in and year out in Indiana - is a much smarter investment. Though, I have to admit, the symphony doesn't attract the parties and the high-end Easter European hookers that were brought in by the plane load for the Super Bowl festivities.
      • bail out?
        As far as the bail out...they were embarrassed into it...they had lent their names to the fundraising efforts and hadn't donated a penny.
      • Blow it out your A$$
        Arts-Farts. Who cares. Whaaaa. I like sports and if you saw the record breaking crowds, many other people do too. I can't remember the last time I had to wait through a stoplight when the arts crowd was leaving their big event. Thats because it never happens. If the Arts are no as important, what the heck is the Arts garden? Us sports fans didnt want it, you guys had to have it. lol I could care less. It sounds as if someone was bullied by the jocks and now wants to put in his two cents behind the computer. I hope Indy gets another superbowl. I really do. Just so I can hear this guy cry!
      • Good Luck!
        I am from New Orleans. Love our city to death! And I do hope that we snag the 2018 Super Bowl. But I believe that Indianapolis had AMAZING ideas and great attractions for their Super Bowl Village. I do wish we had what you had... But we celebrated in true New Orleans style! Food, Music, and partying! I agree, the blackout was an unfortunate event. But in the words of Mitch Landreiu: 'Who hasn't blacked out in New Orleans!' I wish both cities good luck. I know both will put on an EXCELLENT show either way. Good Luck Indianapolis! Hopefully the fight isn't too fierce!
      • I love listening to the arts whine and cheese crowd complain that they "don't get no love". Lets see, when was the last time an art exhibit was broadcast to millions around the world? Lets see, never? When was the last time a symphony concert season was broadcast nationally on a major network? Let see, never? Art is wonderful, and it has its admirers. But our society does not hold it in the high regard the few whine and cheese crowd folks do. We have a world class art museum, a world class symphony and a world class childrens museum. Wonderful. But putting millions into developing some other art venues is not going to people here like sports. Just ask Carmel with the Palladium. Millions of tax dollars spent and they can barely afford to keep the doors open. As far as those who whine about the $25 million up front fees, those were all paid by private donors. The City just about broke even on the direct taxes vs. expenses and the community as a whole received a major two week+ national media frenzy like we have never seen before.
        • The Arts Crowd Is Smiling
          When was the last time the arts cost the city tens of millions of dollars with no - NO - return. In fact, LOST money. That was the Super Bowl. It's not coming back. By all measures - from the NFL, ticket brokers, local business and etc – it was what they call a "locals" Super Bowl where most of the money came from the locals and then, in fact, left the city because it went to the NFL experience, chain restaurants and etc. They put a nice coat of lipstick on the pig, but it won't be coming back...and blessedly so. With regard to your crowds and stoplights...more a nuisance than indication of anything truly good. Look it up...the arts bring $350 million - MILLION - to Indiana. Every year. The Super Bowl cost the city tens of millions in a money losing, one time proposition. To see that kind of failure broadcast to billions...I don't know that that's necessarily a good thing.
        • Garland, how did the Super Bowl cost the city tens of millions? The $25 million upfront cost was paid by private companies. The city spent a few million for security, set up and clean up and received all of that with the exception of a few hundred thousand in direct taxes collected. This was a local superbowl? So hundreds of thousands of locals rented hotel rooms as far out as Muncie, Lafayette and Bloomington? I am not sure how many people in Indy would leave their perfectly good homes to rent a room in Kokomo just to drive back to Indy. Over $200 million was brought into the local economy, Hundreds of millions of more in free advertising as Indy was the worldwide focal point for two weeks solid. So how many out of towners does the Palladium bring in? When was the last time an exhibit at the IMA sold out downtown? I love the whine and cheese crowds continued insistance that arts somehow will draw thousands of people from around the world. It ain't going to happen. Sports is a proven economic development status that many other cities are trying to copy. I don't see that happening in the art world.

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