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MN Sports Facilities Authority To Submit Super Bowl Bid Today

By Eric Henderson

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It may not look like much now, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority insists the site that once housed the Metrodome will soon be a major contender for Super Bowl LII.

The organization is submitting its final bid for the 2018 game this Wednesday. The bid will remain good for three years, through 2020.

There are expected to be two other cities in the running — New Orleans and Indianapolis. Both cities have hosted several Super Bowls, most recently in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Minnesota hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl game since 1992.

The NFL is looking to reward cities that have put money into new stadiums to host the big game, and Minnesota is spending in excess of $1 billion on this new one.

Other cities have put tens of millions into their bids and that’s likely how much Minnesota will spend. Most will be privately raised.

Minnesota organizers think the Super Bowl will bring more than 100,000 visitors to the Twin Cities and bring more than $100 million in profit.

The fact that the stadium will be an indoor facility is a big plus, since game will be played in the dead of winter. Another positive factor is that the stadium is downtown, which makes it easier for the visitors expected to get around. Transportation has been an issue in other Super Bowl games, but in Minneapolis, the MSFA says we have everything to accommodate all the visitors nearby.

The NFL will decide in two weeks who gets Super Bowl LII.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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