Indianapolis has been awarded Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played on Feb. 5, 2012, it was annouced at the annual NFL Spring Meeting being held in Atlanta.
Lucas Oil Stadium
The stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium ($675 million) scheduled to open in 2008 (broke ground Sept. 20, 2005).
Location: Downtown Indianapolis, adjacent to the Colts former home, the RCA Dome.
Capacity: 63,000 - 75,000 (estimated, depending on configuration)
"We have a public/private-funded stadium that is, I believe, the best in the world," Colts owner Jim Irsay said. "I put $100 million into it and our city $650 million. We have generated an extra $25 million in donations for the league for operating costs. Our square footage went from 900 (thousand) in the old place to 1.8 million.
"It is environmentally friendly. I think it sends an important message to teams and cities that if you work together and get new stadiums done and build on long-term relationships that benefit the NFL, that the Super Bowl is a realistic reward for all of that. This isn't so much about the Colts. The people of Indianapolis and of Indiana deserve it."
Part of Indianapolis' bid included a pledge by the city to build a practice facility downtown that will be left in place for local residents to use.