NFL team owners have voted to award the bid for the 2012 Super Bowl to the City of Indianapolis.
The game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, the new home of the Indianapolis Colts that is currently under construction. The $750 million facility, which will seat nearly 75,000 attendees, is expected to open later this year.
“This was truly a community bid,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “It began with a process of involving anyone interested in being a part of it, and ended with our 8th grade ambassadors flying all over the country to hand-deliver our final bid package.”
Among the items included in the bid package was the development of a Super Bowl Village that will include live entertainment and a football theme park, part of the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center.
Studies of past Super Bowl host cities show that Indianapolis can expect 100,000 visitors over the course of one week and over an estimated $120 million direct spend into the local economy.