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Indianapolis bids to host 2018 Super Bowl

The National Football League (NFL) has received a bid of interest from Indianapolis to host its 2018 Super Bowl.

Indianapolis governor Mike Pence, mayor Greg Ballard, Jim Irsay owner of NFL franchise Indianapolis Colts and civic leaders informed the NFL of its intention to bid before making the decision public at the Lucas Oil Stadium, which was the host of last year’s Super Bowl.

The announcement is the first step in a bid process that is different from the one the city faced for 2012's edition. The NFL will review the list of cities and identify finalists that will be invited to formally bid in October. The 32 NFL franchise owners will vote on the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl at a meeting in Atlanta next May.

Tampa Bay is also bidding to land the 2018 event, and other bids could come from Denver, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Miami.