City-County Council supports next Super Bowl bid

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Members of the City-County Council are showing their sporting spirit, again.

Tuesday night, the Administration and Finance Committee approved proposals for two of the biggest events in the country.

The first applies to the city’s next Super Bowl bid.

Councillor Ben Hunter described it as a special resolution to outline the city’s goals for the game. “The NFL has requested a declaration of support from the City of Indianapolis and certain guarantees” for services, Hunter said.

The committee approved the proposal that declares the city will provide the resources for the Super Bowl, if the league awards the 2018 game.

The Super Bowl discussion also allowed members of the local organizing committee to reject claims that the city lost $1.3 million dollars on its first Super Bowl experience.

Derrick Burks, the Treasurer of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee, reviewed the results of an economic impact study: “There’s no question that the 2012 super bowl funded all of the costs related to the city and beyond,” Burks said.

The committee also approved a resolution to support a bid for another Final Four. The basketball tournament is already scheduled for Indianapolis, next year. This new proposal seeks its return in 2018 or 2020.

The committee vote sends both proposals to the full council for approval. 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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