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Minneapolis, Vikings Make Final Pitch For 2018 Super Bowl

By Jeff Wald

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tuesday is the day NFL’s owners decide where Super Bowl LII will be played in the year 2018, and local officials are hoping Minneapolis is the city that’s chosen.

Minneapolis is one of the three finalists, along with Indianapolis and New Orleans, to host one of the biggest sporting events annually in the world. The Minnesota Vikings’ future football stadium in Minneapolis will be done in 2016, and the committee making the final pitch Tuesday afternoon is hoping the $1 billion project gives them a leg up over the other contending cities.

Officials with the Vikings and Minneapolis are in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday to make their final pitch in a closed-door meeting. They learned Monday they’ll be the first presenters. And the committee is planning to highlight our winters as a selling point and the fact that the stadium is in downtown Minneapolis.

The group making the multimedia pitch Tuesday includes Marilyn Carlson Nelson from the Carlson Company and Richard Davis from U.S. Bank. The Vikings tweeted a photo of the Super Bowl bid committee in their so-called “war room” in Atlanta On Monday.

The Vikings also released a logo as a teaser to their presentation. It’s designed to match the Vikings new stadium with the Roman numerals for the Super Bowl resembling the stadium’s pivoting doors.

Minneapolis hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since 1992. Indianapolis has hosted one, which was in 2012, and New Orleans has hosted 10 Super Bowls.

There are 32 NFL owners and when they vote Tuesday, three-quarters of them need to agree on where Super Bowl LII should be held. It’s possible they may have to take several votes until they get 24 owners to pick the same city.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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