The National Football League (NFL) has awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis, with the city to host the 52nd Super Bowl at the new US$1bn (€730m) Minnesota Vikings stadium. NFL owners voted for Minneapolis, which edged out New Orleans and Indianapolis in the poll.
The Vikings new stadium – designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group – is currently under construction and due to open in 2016.
Richard Davis, who chaired the bid committee, said:
We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota. We succeeded in making the best case to the NFL owners by pointing out the many strengths our region offers.
It will be only the second time Minneapolis has hosted the Super Bowl after the recently demolished Metrodome staged the 1992 game. For the next two seasons, the Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota while their new stadium is being built.
Vikings owner, Mark Wilf, said in an interview with Reuters news agency:
We appreciate the collaborative effort from Minnesota’s business and community leadership in putting together this winning bid. It was evident to me and my brother Zygi that the other NFL owners were extremely impressed with everything Minnesota had to offer, and we have no doubt they will be even more excited with what the community will deliver in February 2018.
After New York staged this year’s Super Bowl, the next three games will take place in warmer-weather cities, with Phoenix lined up for 2015, San Francisco to host the 2016 game and Houston to stage the 2017 showpiece.
Described as an authentic structure influenced by its Minnesota location, the Vikings new stadium exhibits a bold, progressive design that combines efficient functionality with stunning architecture. With a soaring prow, the largest transparent roof in the world, and operable doors that open to the downtown skyline, the facility’s openness and sleek geometric exterior will make it unlike any other stadium in the country.