The Super Bowl typically takes place in a warm, southern state, like Arizona, Louisiana or Florida. This year's game in East Rutherford, N.J., however, demonstrated that snowy states can be "super," too - and it doesn't get much snowier than Minneapolis, which the National Football League (NFL) chose this week as host of Super Bowl LII in 2018.
Fans who fear frost need not worry, however: The game will take place in a new stadium that's currently being built for the Minnesota Vikings. Scheduled to open in July 2016, the stadium will have a fixed translucent roof that protects occupants from the elements.
"We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota," bid committee co-chair Richard Davis, CEO of U.S. Bank, said in a statement. "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 Super Bowl was last held in Minneapolis in 1992. The game took place in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which is being demolished to make room for the new stadium; while the former had 64,121 seats, the latter will have 65,400 - expandable to 72,000 for special events like the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is a major win not only for Minneapolis sports fans, but also for the city's tourism and hospitality industries: The NFL estimated that this year's game would attract more than 100,000 visitors and generate $600 million in local economic impact.
"Attending fans and the world will see the best of Minnesota - from the sunlit view of downtown Minneapolis through the stadium windows to the many activities happening throughout the region," said Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.
Minneapolis beat out fellow bidders Indianapolis and New Orleans. "We are honored to have been in the company of two such fine competitors," said Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant. "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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