There may well be no more coveted event for cities across America than hosting a Super Bowl. Being the location for the biggest game in American sports is not only a huge feather in the cap of any town but also means hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the host city.
The host cities for the next three Super Bowls have already been determined, with New Orleans, New York and Phoenix set to host the next three NFL title tilts.
However, beyond that, cities are scrambling to make their pitch to host the Super Bowl, with Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard recently making a pitch for the city that hosted the last Super Bowl to do so again in 2018, according to a report in USA Today.
Indianapolis will be far from alone in their wish to host Super Bowl LII, and here's a look at some of the top contenders for that honor.
OK, let's just get this out of the way since London has been mentioned as a potential Super Bowl host city several times over the past couple of years, including a January CBS Sports report in which Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay mentioned London as a possible host for Super Bowl L.
That's a terrible idea for any number of reasons.
Playing the Super Bowl across the Pond would be a logistical nightmare, whether it's due to the travel issues or five-hour time difference between London and the east coast of the United States.
It's understandable that the NFL is trying to grow internationally, but American football is just that, a uniquely American game. Staging its seminal event in another country is just kooky, an opinion shared by many, including Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports:
Wanting the Super Bowl to stay in America isn't about hating anyone else. It's about loving ourselves, and that's allowed. Self-loathing is all the rage for some people, but not me. This country isn't perfect, it isn't close to perfect, but it's my country and I love this freaking place. That's OK to say, right? I mean, I'm not a jingoistic pig because I admit to loving my country...and wanting the best single-day in event in my country to stay in my country.
Sure, the city of New Orleans is preparing to host Super Bowl XLVII, so it may seem a bit strange to consider awarding them another Super Bowl so quickly.
However, with the allure of Bourbon Street and all the other attractions that make New Orleans, well, New Orleans, there's probably no city in America that makes for a better "destination" Super Bowl host than the Big Easy.
It may not be the "fairest" choice, but given all that the city of New Orleans has to offer visitors and their experience in hosting the big game (they've done so 10 times), it's also hard to find any real issue with awarding every fifth Super Bowl or so to New Orleans.
The city of Miami is tied with New Orleans for the most times hosting the Super Bowl, having most recently done so in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints downed the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
Much like New Orleans, Miami isn't so much a host city as a destination, offering visitors in town for the Super Bowl a myriad of other distractions, from the allure of South Beach to shopping and a very active club scene.
Just as with New Orleans, Miami's having hosted the Super Bowl so recently doesn't help their chances, but like the Big Easy, Miami is a city that should remain a fixture in the Super Bowl rotation.
The city of Houston has played host to a pair of Super Bowls, with the most recent occurrence being in 2004 when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, a game that Peter King of Sports Illustrated called "the greatest Super Bowl of all time".
Granted, that game is remembered more for Janet Jackson's halftime "wardrobe malfunction" than anything that happened on the field, but that was hardly the fault of the city or the event's organizers.
As the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth-largest city in America, Houston is more than equipped infrastructure-wise to once again host the Super Bowl.
A hiatus of more than a decade makes Houston "due" for another bite at the apple.
At first glance, Los Angeles might seem an odd location for the Super Bowl. Especially given that the city hasn't had an NFL team since 1994.
However, Los Angeles appears to be moving forward with the construction of a new football stadium. If a recent report by The San Francisco Chronicle is any indication, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is already making preparations for the potential relocation of an existing NFL team to L.A., or perhaps even for expanding the NFL beyond its current 32-team format.
Assuming that an NFL team does find its way to La-La Land, the Super Bowl is almost sure to follow soon thereafter, as not only has Los Angeles hosted seven Super Bowls, but America's second-largest city possesses both the infrastructure and other attractions that the NFL looks for in a host city.