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Minneapolis Awarded 2018 Super Bowl

Updated: 05/20/2014 10:44 PM
Created: 05/20/2014 2:49 PM WDIO.com
By: BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl by NFL owners.

The owners rewarded the Vikings for arranging to build a new stadium on the site of the old Metrodome by choosing Minneapolis over New Orleans and Indianapolis.

The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.

Minneapolis' new $1 billion stadium is scheduled to open in 2016.

New Orleans has staged the Super Bowl 10 times, tied with South Florida for the most, but its bid might have been damaged by the blackout that interrupted the 2013 title game. Indianapolis had it in 2012.

Next year's game is in Glendale, Arizona, followed by Santa Clara, California, for the 50th Super Bowl, then Houston.

Minnesota political leaders are commenting on the decisions: 

  • Governor Mark Dayton: “On behalf of all Minnesotans, I want to thank Co-Chairs Doug Baker, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Richard Davis, and the Minnesota Vikings, for their superb and successful efforts to bring the 2018 Super Bowl to Minnesota. Hosting the Super Bowl will provide a terrific opportunity to showcase Minnesota to the world. It will also bring major economic benefits to our state."
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota: "The announcement is a huge victory for the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Hosting Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis will give our economy a boost and show the world how brightly the Star of the North shines.”  
  • Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota: "I want to congratulate everyone involved in putting together Minnesota's Super Bowl bid, from the Vikings, to our local and state officials, to our business community who combined to showcase Minnesota as the top choice for the biggest game of the year."

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

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