Indianapolis was never promised a Super Bowl in exchange for building a stadium, but the NFL did dangle the possibility as lawmakers debated new restaurant, hotel and car rental taxes to help pay for the venue.
During a visit to Indianapolis in March 2005, then-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said a new facility would make Indianapolis a "strong candidate to host a Super Bowl."
While those words were far from a guarantee, Indianapolis should be celebrating right now if history is a guide.
In the past two decades, eight stadiums have been built that are eligible to host the Super Bowl under NFL rules, meaning they are enclosed or in warm climates.
Only one -- St. Louis' Edward Jones Dome -- hasn't hosted the big event. And that city never bid, a Rams spokesman said.
Of the seven others, none had to ask twice.
Six of the cities -- Miami, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla., Houston, Detroit and Phoenix -- were awarded the Super Bowl the first time they bid after building new stadiums, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
Tampa, Fla., which opened Raymond James Stadium in 1998, wanted to host the 2000 Super Bowl but lost in something of an upset. Yet rather than leave city officials empty-handed, NFL owners awarded them the 2001 game on the spot, even though the owners weren't set to choose a location for the game that year.
Why wasn't Indianapolis extended the same courtesy?
"It had been made very clear to all interested communities that we were specifically voting on 2011, and we weren't going to award others at this time," McCarthy said.
Asked why, McCarthy said: "To ensure focus on 2011. It would not have been fair to other potential cities that would want to bid for 2012."
Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell, who worked with the group that put together Indy's Super Bowl bid, said he and others involved in the effort aren't bitter that the NFL didn't give Indianapolis a consolation Super Bowl.
"It's their league, and they get to make the rules as far as whether they do it one or two or three at a time," he said.
Still, Glass said, he was disappointed that the new stadium wasn't more of a factor.
"We were next in line in terms of when our stadium started and when it will come online," he said. "I'm very disappointed that they (Dallas) jumped in front of us in the queue."
So it really was a slap in the face to Indianapolis for the NFL not to award the city the bid this year. If city leaders are insistent upon bidding again next year, not one more dime should be invested in the effort. By all indications, the proposal Indianapolis put together represented the single-greatest effort than any city before it had put out to win the Super Bowl. If city leaders want to take the same proposal off the shelf and re-present it next year, that's fine. But they shouldn't go to any extra effort to make any further public commitment on the part of the city to what has to be the greediest group of super wealthy men in the United States.