INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) - Indianapolis is on the short list of cities that are still in the running to host the Super Bowl in 2018.
The NFL said five other cities applied for the chance to bid. Warm weather locations Miami, New Orleans, Dallas, Tampa, and fellow Midwesterner, Minneapolis, have expressed interest.
Indianapolis announced its intention to bid for the game in August.
NFL owners are expected to meet Tuesday to decide on the finalists. League officials will whittle the list, inviting two of the applicants to compete with formal bids.
In a news conference back in August, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said while Indianapolis may not have peaches and palm trees, the city does have unmatched Hoosier hospitality.
"We are the gold standard of how Super Bowls are run."
Indianapolis is hoping to capitalize on the success of hosting the 2012 Super Bowl, considered by many as one of the most successful in Super Bowl history.
Officials noted the tremendous growth the city has experienced in the past four to five years, especially the move from the RCA Dome to Lucas Oil Stadium. Lucas Oil Stadium has consistently been ranked among the best professional football venues in America.
A representative of Indiana Sports Corp said the organization has not been told exactly when it will hear the league's decision. Officials expected to be announced late Tuesday afternoon.
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