New Vikings stadium will seat 72,000 for the Super Bowl and will have a clear roof. (Vikings.com)
Minneapolis will host Super Bowl LII in 2018, the NFL owners announced on Tuesday. The city beat out New Orleans by a simple majority in the fourth round of voting, and Indianapolis finished third.
The new $1 billion domed stadium is set to open for the 2016 season. The Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota the next two seasons after the Metrodome was taken down in February.
It will be the second Super Bowl Minneapolis has hosted, joining Super Bowl XXVI, in which the Redskins beat the Bills in the Metrodome in 1992.
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“It was evident to me and my brother Zygi that the other NFL owners were extremely impressed with everything Minnesota had to offer, and we have no doubt they will be even more excited with what the community will deliver in February 2018,” Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said in a statement.
New Orleans had never lost a bid for the Super Bowl before. The city has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied with the Miami area for the most ever.
The 2014 game in New Jersey was the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city, but other cold-weather cities have hosted before, including Minneapolis and Detroit (most recently Super Bowl XL at Ford Field).
Picking Minneapolis follows the trend of new stadiums being awarded the Super Bowl, joining the likes of then-Cowboys Stadium, now AT&T (in 2011), Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (in 2012) and MetLife Stadium this year, among others.
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Upcoming Super Bowl locations
XLIX: Glendale, Ariz.(Cardinals)
L: Santa Clara, Calif. (49ers)
LI: Houston (Texans)
LII: Minneapolis (Vikings)
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