Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has announced three co-chairs and the formation of a steering committee to oversee the bid process for securing Super Bowl LII on 4 February 2018. that Minnesota was named one of three finalists alongside Indianapolis and New Orleans for the big game. Ecolab Chairman and CEO Doug Baker, along with U.S. Bank Chairman and CEO Richard Davis and former Chair and CEO of Carlson Companies Marilyn Carlson-Nelson have been charged with leading the Minnesota bid, which is due 1 April 2014. The final selection for the 2018 Super Bowl will be made during the NFL meetings this May. Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said:
As an organisation, we will work incredibly hard to secure the world’s marquee sporting event for Minnesota. City and state leaders were extremely collaborative on the new stadium effort, and this community deserves to host a Super Bowl and to receive the significant economic impact that comes with the game.
In addition, the NCAA announced that Minnesota was one of eight finalists to host a future Final Four during the years of 2017-2020. The decision on those locations will be made this November.
Meanwhile, as the Metrodome roof now lies on the stadium floor, the first of five tower cranes, each of which will extend 300 feet in the air to work on the new stadium, has been erected. Construction timeline:
- August 2014 – Steel installation begins
- Fall 2015 – ETFE roof installation begins
- End of 2015 – Stadium is fully enclosed with heating
- July 2016 – New stadium opens