Charlotte city leaders are keeping the idea alive to turn the Bojangles' Coliseum area into an amateur sports complex.
They voted to discuss the project at their budget workshop in a few weeks. The city is thinking of renovating the Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium and building a multi-use athletic facility between the two, all for roughly $25 million.
"Here is an opportunity for us to tap into a market that we really haven't tapped into,” City Council's LaWana Mayfield said.
Experts in Indianapolis told Eyewitness News that's the kind of thing Charlotte should be doing if it wants to land a Super Bowl one day, that Charlotte should beef up its sports resume, adding to the Belk Bowl, CIAA and other events.
Indy is very similar to Charlotte. It spent decades hosting Olympic trials, college Final Fours and the Pan Am games. Then, despite being one of the NFL's smaller markets, like Charlotte, it landed the 2011 Super Bowl and is now going after the 2018 game.
The head of Indiana Sports Corp., Allison Melangton, said, "My advice would be have your sports commission keep bidding on big events and the more they do, the better they'll be at it, and the more the NFL will trust they can do it."
"When you go into your (Super Bowl) bid and you can show a history of success, you can show a history of putting on some of the largest sporting events in the world, doing it well, (it helps)," said Indianapolis mayor spokesperson Marc Lotter said.