May 2014

Minneapolis Tabbed as 2018 Super Bowl Host

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.

The NFL announced Tuesday that Minnesota was selected to host Super Bowl LII. The February 2018 contest will be held in the new Minnesota Stadium set to open in 2016.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee delivered the successful presentation to all 32 NFL owners in a presentation on May 20 in Atlanta following the final bid submission on May 7. Centered on the theme, “Built for the Bold,” the bid presentation highlighted the new, iconic and bold stadium as a centerpiece, and included the many bold moves Minnesotans have made in creating a destination that is ready to host the world’s biggest game.

The game will be held in the new Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, currently under construction and set to open in July 2016. The stadium, which will typically seat 65,400, will be expandable to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl. With a clear ETFE roof and five of the largest glass pivoting doors in the world, fans will experience an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.

By securing the bid, Minnesota beat contenders New Orleans and Indianapolis, both cities that have hosted recent Super Bowls. “We are honored to have been in the company of two such fine competitors,” said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “Both New Orleans and Indianapolis had extremely strong bids and their reputations precede them. We are excited to join their ranks in hosting a Super Bowl of the 21st Century.”

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