ATLANTA--In a back hallway at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Atlanta Hotel on Tuesday afternoon, Vikings Owner and President Mark Wilf had something to tell Jim Irsay.
Yes, Wilf was in a bit of a celebratory mood moments after having Minnesota win the bid for Super Bowl 2018.
Irsay was on the other end of the jubilation, but Wilf wanted to let the Colts Owner know about the precedent Indianapolis put forth back in 2012.
“You guys set the mark that said a smaller city can host it and do a great job,” Wilf said to Irsay.
The two then shook hands and walked in opposite directions before Irsay addressed the media in an environment he called similar to walking into a losing locker room.
It didn’t take long for Irsay to approach the inevitable topic of when, or if, Indianapolis will bid on another Super Bowl.
“The future is long. We don’t have any official aspect in terms of if we bid again or anything,” Irsay said.
“We will take in this whole experience and see where we go from there.”
Clear pattern here -- Houston, Arizona, Dallas, and Bay Area all got Super Bowl in first year stadium was eligible. Now, Minnesota will too.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 20, 2014
In an effort to try and make up for having to compete with a billon-dollar new stadium in Minnesota, the 2018 Indianapolis bid delegation called upon Jeff Saturday as a presenter.
Taking one look at Saturday after the announcement and it was clear he was itching to have another chance at speaking on behalf of Indianapolis.
“I think we will have another one,” Saturday said of Indianapolis chances of getting another Super Bowl.
“When you look at Indy and just the type of city and the type of commitment that we have in our community, it’s second to none. We talked about it (Tuesday) morning, we had 12,000 volunteers in 2012 that are ready to do it again. That’s a pretty insane number. I know that the owners appreciated it.”
Those volunteers could be waiting a few years before Indianapolis throws its name back into the fray.
With Minnesota in 2018 and Atlanta (with its new stadium) seeming to be the early favorite for 2019, not to mention New Orleans and Miami waiting in the wings, Indianapolis will have its hands full in trying to acquire another Super Bowl.
Indianapolis’ 2018 bid was led by Allison Melangton and despite dealing with the immediate reaction of missing out on Super Bowl LII, she offered some perspective on future bids for the Circle City.
“Eventually,” Melangton said.
“With Minnesota getting this one then we are probably out for a while. I think I’m comfortable saying they are not going to go back-to-back Midwest cities for several years. I think we will be out for a while and at some point we will think about coming back.”
RT @notthefakekylem: What about Indy? They deserve another ... Indy will get another. Deservedly so. No reason for it to be in 2018.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 20, 2014