Irsay: Indianapolis' time has come

Andrea Muirragui
May 21, 2007
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The team pitching Indianapolis as a potential Super Bowl city is huddling with NFL staff this afternoon, preparing for tomorrow's vote on a site for the 2011 game.

Local representatives, including Baker & Daniels partner Fred Glass and Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell, expected to get last-minute feedback and have the opportunity to respond to any lingering questions before finalizing the bid at 9 p.m.

Owners, meanwhile, are attending to business at the Loews Vanderbilt hotel in Nashville. Colts owner Jim Irsay took a break from meetings to greet the media, saying the pre-vote activities reminded him of the build-up before an important football game.

Irsay, who will address his fellow owners after the city's bid team makes its formal presentation here tomorrow, said he believes Indianapolis' time has come-thanks in part to his family's longevity in the league.

"We'll be going into our 40th year in 2011 ... that means a lot," he said. You have to pay your dues, be a good partner over the years. It is our time."

Irsay will join the bid team for a dress rehearsal this evening. Glass and Colts coach Tony Dungy are the only representatives other than Irsay who will be permitted to address the owners before they vote by secret ballot.

Other bidders are North Texas-where the game would be played in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington-and Arizona. Glendale, Ariz., already is home to the 2008 Super Bowl.


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