Minneapolis awarded 52nd Super Bowl in 2018

Tue May 20, 2014 6:47pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Minneapolis will host the 52nd Super Bowl in 2018 after the National Football League's (NFL) team owners voted to stage the sport's showcase game at the city's brand new stadium.

NFL owners have made a habit of rewarding cities that build new stadiums by giving them the Super Bowl and Minneapolis is the latest recipient after getting the nod ahead of rival bids from New Orleans and Indianapolis.

The $1 billion Minnesota Vikings Stadium is still under construction but is due to be finished in 2016, two years before the biggest single day sports event in North America rolls around.

“We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota,” said Richard Davis, who chaired the bid committee, in a statement.

“We succeeded in making the best case to the NFL owners by pointing out the many strengths our region offers."

In recent years, the NFL has increasingly awarded Super Bowls to cities in colder weather states with new stadiums. The 2012 Super Bowl was held in Indianapolis then this year's in New Jersey.

It will be just the second time Minneapolis has hosted the Super Bowl after the recently demolished Metrodome was picked as the site for the 1992 game.

The Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota for the next two seasons while the new stadium is being constructed.

The new Vikings Stadium, which was half funded by public money, will have a retractable roof that will be closed for the Super Bowl, which will be played in the heart of winter.   Continued...

 
A child has the National Football League logo airbrushed on her cheek at the NFL Experience in Glendale, Arizona, January 30, 2008.       REUTERS/Rick Wilking