The Minnesota Vikings have officially announced their bid to try and host the Super Bowl in four years. The new stadium the team is building in downtown Minneapolis is going to be finished in time for Super Bowl LII which means the team and the state are working together to land the big game.
Unlike the Super Bowl this year, the game would be played in a cold weather state but take place indoors. The Vikings new stadium will be basically a glass warehouse that may end up giving the Super Bowl a unique visual effect while also keeping everyone out of the freezing temperatures.
Governor Mark Dayton released a statement on Monday announcing the bid.
“The Super Bowl is the most watched annual event in the world. In addition to game attendees, it brings over 100,000 people to the host community for a weeklong celebration,” the governor said in a release. “Hosting the Super Bowl would bring enormous economic benefits to many Minnesota businesses, as well as provide a terrific opportunity to again showcase Minnesota to the world.”
The NFL typically awards a Super Bowl to new stadiums, which bodes well for Minnesota’s chances. Detroit recently hosted the Super Bowl after building Ford Field in the mid-2000s, despite Michigan being a cold weather state.
Minnesota has hosted a Super Bowl once before, when the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills back in 1992 at Super Bowl XXVI.