The NFL announced Tuesday that Minnesota won its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl. Minnesota beat out New Orleans and Indianapolis, cities that were also vying to host the big game. Although it is more than four years away, here are 11 things you should know about the Super Bowl's future host.
1. Minnesota has hosted the Super Bowl before.
While most people steer clear of Minneapolis' freezing winter temperatures, there is a precedent for Minnesota to host the Super Bowl. In 1992, the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bils 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which is now demolished.
2. Minnesota is in the midst of building a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
The stadium, currently without an official name, is being built on the same site as the Metrodome. "The Dome" served as the home of the Vikings from 1982-2013.
Stadium rendering via newminnesotastadium.com.
3. The new stadium opens in 2016.
The 1.75 million square foot facility is nearly twice the size of the 900,00-square foot Metrodome. It is being designed by HKS Architects, the same firm that designed AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
4. Until then, the Vikings will play home games at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Gophers, also located in Minneapolis.
Populous-designed TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and has a capacity of 50,805.
5. The new stadium will look like nothing you've ever seen.
Minnesota's new stadium will have the largest transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation and five 95-foot high pivoting glass doors that will open to a nearly three-acre plaza and the Minneapolis skyline. The idea is that with the stadium’s openness, fans will experience an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.
6. The new stadium will have amenities on par with any in the NFL.
The stadium will have a capacity of 65,400 with 116 luxury suites, 8,000 club seats, six club lounges, 800 high-definition televisions and a full-service restaurant.
7. The stadium can host more than just football.
One of the great things about the Metrodome is that it once hosted more than 300 events a year, ranging from high school tournaments to monster truck rallies to NFL games. The new stadium will have multi-purpose functionality including the ability to host baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball games.
8. The average low temperature in Minneapolis in February is 13 degrees.
Perhaps the above rendering, complete with snow, is the most accurate. Fortunately, the new stadium is indoors. And Minneapolis' downtown is connected by more than eight miles of skyway. You can go virtually anywhere in the city without ever having to step outside.
9. The new stadium is expensive.
The Vikings estimate the stadium will cost $975 million although some think the cost could balloon closer to $1 billion. 49 percent of the stadium's cost will be paid by private funds from the Vikings and the sale of seat licenses. The remaining cost will be funded by the City of Minneapolis and State of Minnesota.
10. The roof won't collapse.
While the Metrodome became infamous for its roof collapse during the midst of a 2010 blizzard, the new stadium's ETFE roof, plus its sloped angle is designed to survive even the harshest of winters.
11. The Vikings have never won the Super Bowl.
Maybe 2018 will be the year! As a lifelong Vikings fan, I won't hold my breath.