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SBD/October 9, 2013/Events and Attractions
Colts Owner Plans To Lobby Hard For Indianapolis To Get Super Bowl In '18
Published October 9, 2013
VIKING QUEST: Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley said that team co-Owner Mark Wilf yesterday "made a pitch" to host Super Bowl LII. In Minneapolis, Richard Meryhew notes the Vikings have been "working on the Super Bowl bid with Meet Minneapolis and an organizing committee" led by T'Wolves CEO Rob Moor "ever since the stadium financing legislation was approved" in May '12. Bagley said that now with Minneapolis on the short list for '18, the group will organize a host committee in coming weeks and “put together a full-court press and try and deliver this event" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/9).
BAYOU BASH: In New Orleans, Terrance Harris notes Saints Owner Tom Benson once again "played the role of ambassador in convincing the NFL owners to consider the city for what would be a record 11th Super Bowl." Should the city be the "last standing once the 32 owners vote in May, it will be largely because of the influence of Benson" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/9).
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said that the NFL's vote "disappointed" the team. He added, "We’ve had 10 Super Bowls here because it’s an ideal market to host big events. But we’re now facing more intense competition from multiple modernized facilities." In West Palm Beach, Andrew Abramson notes while a February trip to Miami "might be more desirable for fans than a trip to cold-weather Minnesota, the Vikings will have a new indoor stadium built" by '18. The NFL is "shying away from just rewarding warm-weather cities and instead giving Super Bowls to cities that have recently used public money either to build or renovate stadiums" (PALM BEACH POST, 10/9).