Minneapolis will bid to host Super Bowl LII
The Vikings and Minnesota governor Mark Dayton announced Monday that they will be putting together a bid to host Super Bowl LII.
The Vikings recently broke ground on a stadium which they hope will be ready for the 2016 season, but the stadium's completion date was recently put in jeopardy by a lawsuit that questioned the use of public funds to build the Vikings' new home field.
Dayton said he believed the Super Bowl would be a windfall for the city and the state.
“Hosting the Super Bowl would bring enormous economic benefits to many Minnesota businesses, as well as provide a terrific opportunity to again showcase Minnesota to the world.”
The release cites a recent study indicating that Super Bowl XLVI had an economic impact of $324 million for Indianapolis, but a recent report from Sports on Earth's Neil DeMause indicated the total economic gain for a city hosting the Super Bowl may be negligible.
Minnesota had previously been announced as one of the three finalists to host the game in 2018, along with Indianapolis and New Orleans. The Twin Cities hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, which saw the Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills.