BREAKING: City makes Super Bowl bid official

December 7, 2007

Indianapolis will be making another go of it - bidding to lure the Super Bowl to the city, according to Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association President Bob Bedell.

The ICVA and Mayor-elect Greg Ballard's transition team talked about bidding for the 2012 Super Bowl for weeks and have decided to move ahead on the plans, Bedell said.

In May, the NFL owners voted to play the 2011 Super Bowl at the Dallas Cowboys' 100,000-seat stadium under construction in Arlington, Texas. The North Texas bid beat out proposals from Indianapolis and Glendale, Ariz., which was eliminated after the first round of balloting.

City boosters emerged from the decision disappointed but not deflated. The vote in the final balloting was as close as it could be - 17-15, Colts owner Jim Irsay said at the time.

Indianapolis is the first city to officially announce it is in the running.

However, there is lots of speculation within NFL circles that Glendale, Ariz., and New Orleans will pursue the game.

This story will be updated.

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