Indianapolis Named 2018 Super Bowl Finalist (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (RTV6) -- Indianapolis was invited to submit a bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl, officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

Officials announced Indianapolis, along with New Orleans and Minneapolis, made the short list of cities invited to submit a formal bid to host the event.

Indianapolis officials announced in August intentions to bid for another Super Bowl after the highly-acclaimed event in 2012 that boasted over 1 million visitors to Super Bowl Village on Georgia Street.

“Indiana far surpassed expectations in 2012," Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind. said in a statement. "We look forward to submitting another promising bid to showcase once again Hoosier hospitality and all that Indiana has to offer.”

Other cities that were vying for a chance to host the 2018 Super Bowl included Miami, Dallas and Tampa.

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay was hopeful for another opportunity to host the big game.

"Indy can't sell beaches or palm trees, but what we do sell is we do it better than anyone else," Irsay said.

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