The city of Minneapolis won the rights to host Super Bowl LII in 2018, beating out Indianapolis and New Orleans.
Minneapolis will be hosting Super Bowl LII in 2018.
NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports on May 20 that the city won by virtue of a simple majority vote by the league's owners over New Orleans:
"If you build it, the NFL will come.
"Keeping with the tradition of rewarding teams with new stadiums, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that Minnesota was awarded the right to host Super Bowl LII.
"After four rounds of voting, the league's owners selected Minnesota by a simple majority over New Orleans. Indianapolis finished third in the selection process.
"Minneapolis will boast a brand-new, $1 billion stadium in advance of the 2018 game.
"The 52nd Super Bowl is the second for the city of Minneapolis, which hosted Super Bowl XXXVI at the recently-demolished Metrodome in 1992.
"There is a precedent for NFL owners returning to a cold-weather city -- Detroit hosted two Super Bowls, most recently after opening Ford Field for Super Bowl XL. Having a dome helped Minneapolis' cause.
"One reason behind the league giving the nod to Minnesota is the nearly $500 million in public money going toward the city's new facility. The NFL likes to reward cities that invest in new stadiums.
"The city also plans to pour money into downtown upgrades in advance of the Super Bowl.
"The Vikings will play the next two seasons at the University of Minnesota while their state-of-the-art stadium is built on the former site of the Metrodome.
"The new field is set to open in 2016, giving the city plenty of time to work out any kinks in advance of the 2018 Super Bowl."
Rochelle Olson of The Minneapolis Star Tribune describes the excitement the city's delegation felt after Goodell announced the verdict.
"Four ballots into a tension-filled process, the Minneapolis Super Bowl pitch built around the new Vikings stadium triumphed Tuesday over party magnet New Orleans and 2012 host Indianapolis to bring the NFL's premier event to Minnesota in 2018.
"U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis, former Carlson Cos. board chair Marilyn Calson Nelson and other members of the Minnesota delegation danced, jumped up and down, hugged and high-fived on hearing the news.
"Their raucous cheers and exclamations of 'We did it!' reverberated through the hallways of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood, where the high-stakes drama had just played out.
"'The way they jumped for joy was the way I felt inside,' Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said later at a news conference.
"The theme of Minneapolis' bid, 'Built for the Bold,' which emphasized the $1 billion Vikings stadium under construction and the state's friendly ethos, was seen by some observers as an underdog to New Orleans.
"But after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the victor, a number of team owners said the new stadium was a decisive factor.
"'We're going to make football fans everywhere proud,' Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said."
On the other hand, The St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Brian Murphy wrote about the sentiments of the opposing cities' delegations.
"Minneapolis robbed New Orleans of a record-setting 11th Super Bowl, and the city remains tied with Miami for the most ever. Indianapolis, which hosted Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, lost its initial bid in 2007.
"Colts owner Jim Irsay made the case this year for Indianapolis, two months after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and following a stint in a rehabilitation clinic.
"'We're disappointed,' Irsay said. 'You put so much effort into it; it's like coming into the losing locker room.
"Indianapolis was eliminated after the second ballot after none of the three cities earned a super majority (24 votes), setting up a runoff between New Orleans and Minneapolis.
"'I thought I was going to pass out because I was holding my breath for all three,' said Minnesota delegation co-chair Marilyn Carson Nelson, former CEO of the Carlson Cos.
"Vote totals were not disclosed, but Carson Nelson believed support for the Colts swung to Minnesota because of the kinship the two cold-weather markets shared in their competition against tropical party town New Orleans.
"'There was no way New Orleans was going to be out first,' she said. 'I got the sense that Indianapolis would realize the same thing we did about them.'
"'I think we all talked a little bit about the possibility we would really like to see the game move around. If it wasn't one of us, we'd like it to be the other."
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson injured himself during his city's presentation, hitting his head on a table after he left the podium. He was hospitalized for a short while with Goodell assuring everyone that Benson "appears to be fine," per Murphy.
Minnesota governor Mark Dayton also issued a statement which Murphy included in his report.
"On behalf of all Minnesotans, I want to thank co-chairs Doug Baker, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Richard Davis, and the Minnesota Vikings, for their superb and successful efforts to bring the 2018 Super Bowl to Minnesota.
"Hosting the Super Bowl will provide a terrific opportunity to showcase Minnesota to the world. It will also bring major economic benefits to our state."
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