This late in the game, not even a city that's been 10-for-10 in securing previous Super Bowl bids can afford any slip-ups, with Minneapolis and Indianapolis also vying for the right to host Super Bowl LII. If New Orleans wins, the city will host the biggest annual sporting event in the United States and, arguably, the world for a record 11th time.
"The real thing is to have a superior knowledge of the event," Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation president Jay Cicero said. "So when you read something in a bid, you know exactly what it is. And you have to be able to respond. There's 1,000 things in a bid. Find a creative way to deliver it or find a way to replace something you can't deliver with something as valuable or more valuable."
An expanded Super Bowl Village, $30 million in private investments and a pitch by former Colts center Jeff Saturday are among the enticements Indianapolis officials will dangle before NFL owners when they make their pitch Tuesday to host the 2018 Super Bowl.
A contingent of about 15 members of the Super Bowl Bid Committee and city leaders polished their presentation Monday, among them Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Indiana Sports Corp. President Allison Melangton and Saturday will make the 15-minute presentation, but Irsay is also expected to speak separately.
• A futuristic $1 billion new indoor stadium scheduled to open in 2016.
• Financial support for the estimated $30 million to $40 million in costs, with pledges already in hand for about 85 percent of what’s needed. The local corporate community includes 19 Fortune 500 companies, 26 Fortune 1000 companies and two of the country’s largest privately held corporations (Cargill and Carlson Cos.).
• The only bidder with nonstop flights from every NFL city, as well as three convenient regional airports for corporate jets and other private planes.NEW ORLEANS
• The festivities would kick off the city’s 300th anniversary celebration.
• New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls, including 2013, tying with Miami for the most.
• New capital improvement projects would benefit the Super Bowl, including upgrades to the Superdome, additional streetcar lines and new public spaces.
Numerous hotels, restaurants, special event venues including the city’s
convention center and NBA arena, the French Quarter and the Superdome
are within walking distance of each other.
• Indianapolis hosted the widely praised Super Bowl of 2012, when the major complaint was a lack of downtown hotel rooms, but two more large downtown hotels could be completed in time for the game.
• Costs of about $30 million have already been covered by corporate and private contributions.
• Indianapolis promised to expand the Super Bowl Village, which originated in Indy and is now a requirement in all bid packages.