(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Indianapolis will make another bid to host the Super Bowl.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard made the formal announcement Tuesday at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. Ballard was joined by Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Last year, the city made a bid to host Super Bowl XLV in 2011, but narrowly lost out to North Texas. The North Texas bid had the new Dallas Cowboys stadium as its centerpiece. That stadium will hold in excess of 100,000 fans when it opens in 2009.
Indianapolis offers Lucas Oil Stadium, which is scheduled to open this August. The new stadium will seat 63,000 fans for colts games, but can be expanded to seat 70,000 - the league minimum for Super Bowl consideration.
After losing last year's competition, the city was encouraged by several NFL owners to try again this spring.
Ballard, who succeeded Bart Peterson as mayor of Indianapolis in January, formed a committee to evaluate last year's failed attempt to determine whether the city should put together a bid for the 2012 game.
Indianapolis' competition for hosting Super Bowl XLVI is expected to include Houston and Glendale, Arizona. Houston's reliant stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in February of 2003. Arizona's University of Phoenix stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII earlier this month.
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