It has been announced that Minnesota will host the Super Bowl LII.
The February 2018 contest will be held in the new Minnesota Stadium set to open in 2016.
The bid was cantered on the theme ‘Built for the Bold’, highlighting the new stadium as an iconic centrepiece.
“The Super Bowl is the most-watched annual event in the world,” said Doug Baker, chief executive officer of Ecolab and bid committee co-chair.
“This unprecedented audience, along with the 100,000 people who come to experience it in person, will see this vibrant, engaged community that celebrates all that winter can be when we showcase everything from outdoor activities on Nicollet Mall’s Super Bowl Boulevard to an ice palace at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
“We plan to set the bar high for all northern destinations that host the Super Bowl.”
The new Minnesota stadium, which will seat 65,400 people, will expand to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl.
With a clear roof and five of the largest glass pivoting doors in the world, fans will experience an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.
“Attending fans and the world will see the best of Minnesota – from the sunlit view of downtown Minneapolis through the stadium windows to the many activities happening throughout the region,” said Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.
By securing the bid, Minnesota beat contenders New Orleans and Indianapolis, both cities that have hosted recent Super Bowls.
“We are honoured to have been in the company of two such fine competitors,” said Melvin Tennant, president, Meet Minneapolis.
“Both New Orleans and Indianapolis had extremely strong bids and their reputations precede them.
“We are excited to join their ranks in hosting a Super Bowl of the 21st Century.”