(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will announce today that the city will make another bid to host the Super Bowl.
Last year, Indianapolis made a bid to host Super Bowl XLV in 2011, but lost out to North Texas. The North Texas bid had the new Dallas Cowboys stadium as its centerpiece. That stadium is expected to hold around 100,000 fans and is scheduled to open in 2009.
The Indianapolis bid centered around 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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