Minnesota To Host Super Bowl LII
by Allen K
May 24, 2014 1:28 PM EDT
In a surprising win, Minnesota has been chosen to host Super Bowl LII. This breaks New Orleans streak, finally having lost after 11 bids and 10 wins. “We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota,” said Richard Davis, chief executive officer of U.S. Bank and bid committee co-chair. “We succeeded in making the best case to the NFL owners by pointing out the many strengths our region offers – a tremendous entertainment and hospitality industry, strong connectivity with both our light rail and skyway systems, and perhaps most important, a new, iconic stadium that will be among the best in the country.” The last time that Minnesota hosted a Super Bowl was back in 1992, which is when Washington defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24. The Wilf brothers, co-owners of the Minnesota Vikings, already have plans in motion for a brand new stadium to host the big game. “We appreciate the collaborative effort from Minnesota’s business and community leadership in putting together this winning bid,” said Vikings Owner Mark Wilf. “It was evident to me and my brother Zygi that the other NFL owners were extremely impressed with everything Minnesota had to offer, and we have no doubt they will be even more excited with what the community will deliver in February 2018.” With the Super Bowl taking place in New Jersey earlier this year, the NFL has made it clear that cold-weather cities are open for hosting the Super Bowl. However, Minnesota will have a dome in their new stadium, making weather a non-factor during the game. Having a roof over their heads will likely be a major selling point for cold-weather cities attempting to bid on a Super Bowl.