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Indianapolis, cold in winter?

May 20, 2008

Does Indianapolis experience winter? NFL owners meeting in Atlanta today could be forgiven for wondering, if all they knew about Indianapolis was the information in the Super Bowl bid package.

The 30-plus pages in the executive summary have plenty of images of trees and grass in all their green glory.

Snow? Slush? Not in this document. In a tip of the hat to reality, there is one rendering of revelers clad in light sweatshirts.

This sales job brings to mind Chicago’s success when luring Boeing’s headquarters from the rain forests of Seattle. Not much cold or wind in Chicago, the Boeing execs were told.

Indianapolis winters aren’t that brutal. Yet, there’s a reason that giant bonfires are part of Indianapolis’ pitch.

What do you think?

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