Indianapolis is the 13th largest city in America. Minneapolis is the 47th largest. Didn’t matter.
Indianapolis will not host the 2018 Super Bowl. NFL owners came to a majority decision rewarding the big game to Minneapolis after multiple rounds of voting. Indianapolis was actually the first to be eliminated. New Orleans, who has already hosted 10 Super Bowls on 10 bids, was the other alternative.
Nothing could compete with the Minnesota Vikings building their new state of the art stadium which is scheduled to open in 2016.
$30M of business donations and a 900 page bid explaining enhancements to Super Bowl Village and potential hotel projects wasn’t enough.
It may be a while until Indianapolis hosts another Super Bowl.