INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04: A general exterior view of Lucas Oil Stadium decorated with official Super Bowl XLVI on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Super Bowl XLVI will be played between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
While the 2011 regular season was a complete disaster for the Colts, the Super Bowl hosted in Indianapolis that season was a resounding success. Media, corporate sponsors, players, coaches, fans... everyone loved how Indianapolis had all the pregame events centralized, organized, and easy to get to.
Oh, and unseasonably warm weather for early February didn't hurt either.
After the Giants knocked off the Patriots in the Super Bowl (for the second time in five years), people started wondering if Indianapolis should be part of the traditional venue rotation that includes Miami, Pasadena, and New Orleans.
Of course, the "people" pushing for this included Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard, governor Mitch Daniels, and the owner of the Colts, Jim Irsay... but let's forgot those dudes and just pretend it was someone without a clear and ridiculously transparent political and financial motive to get the game back in Naptown.
Per a report from the Indianapolis Star, the city seems to be taking steps to make certain that Indianapolis does indeed host another Super bowl:
Armed with a fresh economic impact report touting $152 million in direct spending from Indianapolis’ first Super Bowl, city and state officials are expected to announce plans this morning to bid on hosting a second NFL championship.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and the top two leaders from the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee are gathering this morning for a news conference — one advertised only as a discussion of the impact study.But multiple sources with direct knowledge of the city’s plans told The Indianapolis Star that the officials also will discuss a new effort aimed at bringing the Super Bowl back to the city. Two sources say talk has centered on the 2018 Super Bowl.
The 2016 Super Bowl does not have a host city. However, it's likely that game will be held in the as-yet-unfinished Santa Clara stadium that the 49ers will call home.
Having another Super Bowl in Indianapolis would indeed be great, but I'd personally like to see a game get hosted in a place like Green Bay, Kansas City, or maybe Chicago first before it comes back to Indy. Logistically, it would be hard in those venues, but so wasn't a cakewalk hosting the game in Indianapolis either.