NewsPublic Affairs / March 11, 2014

Browns Owner Says Indy Positioned Well For 2018 Super Bowl Bid

Sam Klemet
Browns Owner Says Indy Positioned Well For 2018 Super Bowl Bid

Tuesday, an owner of an NFL franchise in another city said he likes the Indy’s chances in its bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam won’t say if he thinks it has a better chance than New Orleans or Minneapolis to host Super Bowl LII, but says the city’s showing two years ago left an impression around the league.

"They did a great job with the last Super Bowl," he said.  "I was up here for the combine two or three weeks ago.  It's a city that works.  It's easy to get stuff done in.  The people are very friendly and very hospitable, so I wouldn't speculate on the chances.  I think probably the best thing they have going for them is they did such a good job last time."

He also points to how Indy handles other larger events such as the NFL Combine as a reason it’s appealing.

And when asked if that is taken into consideration for awarding the game, Haslam said "I would, but I can't speak for the other owners.  I mean, my experience when I was up here Friday night to Sunday night (for the Combine) in terms of just the ease of getting things done,  Indianapolis does a nice job."

The Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee will submit a preliminary bid to the NFL in April and make a formal presentation at the Owner’s Meeting in May when the 2018 host city will be chosen.

Haslam made the remarks during the Economic Club of Indiana monthly luncheon.

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