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Super letdown: Indianapolis loses bid for 2011 game

Andrea Muirragui
May 22, 2007
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-National Football League owners today awarded Dallas the 2011 Super Bowl, dashing Indianapolis' hopes of strengthening its status as a sports powerhouse.

The 32 team owners voted by secret ballot following 15-minute presentations from representatives of North Texas, Arizona and Indianapolis. Owners of the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts also addressed their peers.

Late-night television star David Letterman offered up a pre-recorded "Top 10" list as part of Indianapolis' presentation. Among Letterman's reasons for giving his hometown the game? His mom will throw a "kick-ass" tailgate party.

Apparently, that wasn't enough.

The Super Bowl is the NFL's premiere event, attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors who spend more than $250 million in the host city. Indianapolis bid on the game in the early 1990s, but lost out to Minnesota.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said yesterday he thought Indianapolis' time had come, citing his family's longevity in the league-four decades by the time the 2011 game is played-and the team's contributions over the years.

"You have to pay your dues, be a good partner," he said. "It is our time."

His fellow owners disagreed, despite Indianapolis' efforts to demonstrate its ability to accommodate the Super Bowl. Once construction on the $675 million Lucas Oil Stadium began in 2005, city boosters went to work lining up hotel rooms, booking entertainment venues and raising the $20 million-plus they thought it would take to host the big game.

Before the vote, supporters said the city had a lot going for it, including nearly 7,000 downtown hotel rooms and experience hosting major events-from the 1987 Pan Am Games to the three massive car races held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway each year.

The North Texas bid included the possibility of more tangible benefits, including a new stadium under construction in Arlington that will seat nearly 30,000 more people than Indianapolis' new venue.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

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  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

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