HKS Vikings stadium design
WASHINGTON - New Orleans and Indianapolis, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in 2018.
"This is a significant first step in bringing the world's marquee sporting event to Minnesota," said Vikings Owner and President Mark Wilf. "With the outstanding hospitality community in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the opening of the new state-of-the-art stadium, this is a perfect fit. We look forward to working with state and local leaders to secure this major event in Minnesota."
Those three cities have been selected from a pool of six at the owners' meetings Tuesday.
Meet Minneapolis is the group that partnered with the Minneapolis Sports Facilities Authority to submit an application to host the Super Bowl.
The earliest date that the group was targeting was 2018.
"This great news is the culmination of years of work but the real work begins now," said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. "Meet Minneapolis was one of the first business organizations to step up and support the new stadium. Now we're poised to join the Vikings in taking the ball over the goal line for the city of Minneapolis and bring the Super Bowl to our community."
Two of the last three Super Bowls, including one in Indianapolis and one in Dallas, were at new stadiums and both were designed by architect firm HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, the same group that the Vikings have chosen for their new stadium.
The last time Minneapolis hosted the big game was in 1992 at the Metrodome.
The final selection for the location of the Feb. 4, 2018, game will be announced in May 2014.
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