Committee talks takeaway after Super Bowl festivities in New York

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – More space for fans and plenty of activities for them to enjoy are among the takeaways Indianapolis bid committee members got from attending the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl festivities.

Although the committee attended the weekend events, they flew home before the game on Sunday.

While Indianapolis was the first to use a Super Bowl Village concept back in 2012, the NFL now requires it. In New York, the concept was called Super Bowl Boulevard.

Two of the four committee members who were there, explained that improving the village is only one part of the effort to win the 2018 bid.

“I think the NFL and their owners really do look holistically at the event,” says Susan Baughman, a member of the Super Bowl 2018 bid committee. “And so I think that above focusing on any one thing, I think we really have to make sure that we’re meeting specks in all of those areas, and then determining areas that we can enhance for them.”

Keeping social media front and center is another area that will get a lot of attention.

The written bid is due April 1st. The owners vote on which city –  Indianapolis, Minneapolis or New Orleans – will get the bid in May. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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