Indianapolis will seek to host its second Super Bowl in 2018 after a highly praised debut in 2012. "We're going after the Super Bowl on the merits of our greatness and what we accomplished" in 2012, said Colts owner Jim Irsay.
The state's labor landscape changed, and the housing market improved. Indianapolis basked in the glow of a flawless Super Bowl, and big-name CEOs were shown the door. IBJ's reporters and editors recall the year's biggest stories.
Officials are emboldened by the financial results of the city's first time hosting the NFL championship game in February, which produced a direct economic impact of $176 million, according to a study commissioned by the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
The city of Indianapolis took in more than $54,000 in fines from 120 people and businesses that failed to get permits allowing them to work in the so-called "Clean Zone" downtown leading up to the Super Bowl.