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Vikings announce bid to pursue another Minnesota Super Bowl

Obviously emboldened by this week’s cold-weather Super Bowl, a place even colder wants to get into the mix.

The Vikings and Minnesota governor Mark Dayton announced a bid to pursue Super Bowl LII in 2018.

“The Super Bowl is the most watched annual event in the world. In addition to game attendees, it brings over 100,000 people to the host community for a weeklong celebration,” the governor said in a release. “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.”

Also, frostbite.

The old new-stadium carrot has worked in other places, and the Twin Cities have hosted the Super Bowl before (XXVI, in 1992).

This was part of the plan all along, and the formal bid will be made in the spring. The Vikings plan to open their new stadium in 2016.

By which time everyone in New York for this one should be properly thawed.

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36 Responses to “Vikings announce bid to pursue another Minnesota Super Bowl”
  1. Murdoc and Hollywood says: Jan 27, 2014 12:17 PM

    Not sure why the author is so concerned with the cold-weather issue as it relates to the new Vikings Stadium–just to crack a few MN jokes, perhaps?

    The fact of the matter is that unlike Metlife, the new Vikings Stadium is NOT open-air. So the temperature is entirely irrelevant.

  2. sknut says: Jan 27, 2014 12:17 PM

    Would love to have it hear again. Can’t wait for the media to whine about how cold it is.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 27, 2014 12:20 PM

    Well at least we’d know the home team wouldn’t play in it.


  4. dmartin17 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:22 PM

    Wait, the new minnesota stadium is going to be outdoors? That seems like an odd decision…

  5. mrlaloosh says: Jan 27, 2014 12:28 PM

    Just tell Minnesota they got the Super Bowl. Then go somewhere else. They won’t realize it. The high in MinneNoPlace today is -8. EIGHT DEGREES BELOW ZERO FOR THE HIGH! Sounds like fun.

  6. trollhammer20 says: Jan 27, 2014 12:35 PM

    This would basically ensure another Seattle appearance in the SB. Only seem to go when it’s in a wintry hellhole like Detroit or Jersey.

  7. mediasloppy says: Jan 27, 2014 12:36 PM

    Even the Packers have to like that, since there is always a chance they might be in it…

  8. stellarperformance says: Jan 27, 2014 12:42 PM

    As a Packer fan I would love to see the SuperBowl return to Minneapolis. They will have a state-of-the-art stadium and Minneapolis is a great city. If the people who are whining about the weather don’t come, it will allow a lot of local sales to take place. I’ll be there….even if the Packers don’t make it.

  9. spkriegs says: Jan 27, 2014 12:42 PM

    Super Bowl XXVI (Washington vs. Buffalo) was an outstanding event, and the Twin Cities is an fantastic place. Minnesotans embrace the winter, and out-of-town guests will be impressed!

  10. edenprairieballer says: Jan 27, 2014 12:44 PM

    Detroit and Inianapolis recently had Super Bowls. If those cities can host one there is no reason on earth why Minneapolis can’t.

  11. tundratommy says: Jan 27, 2014 12:50 PM

    Having it played in their stadium is as close as they can come to actually playing in it.

  12. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 27, 2014 12:54 PM

    Under normal circumstances it would be no problem having the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. If it were here this year, though, visitors would be greeted by -40 degree wind chills today and tomorrow. Perhaps today was not the best day for announcing the bid.

  13. yourheroesaredead says: Jan 27, 2014 12:58 PM

    38 degrees is the projected high with 23 degrees for the low. Stop whining.

  14. officialgame says: Jan 27, 2014 1:03 PM

    The new stadium looks beautiful and will have a roof that makes you feel like you are sitting outdoors so in my mind there is no problem have a Super Bowel in Minnesota. It might be cold outside but the people are warm and the food is great!

  15. indymarc says: Jan 27, 2014 1:04 PM

    Doubtful anyone one reading this article can afford to go to the Super Bowl, so does it really matter where it’s played?

  16. dvnelson72 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:10 PM

    looks nice.

    how many people can sleep in that tent?

  17. darkneptune73 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:12 PM

    The Super Bowl needs to have that kind of challenge to it. Playing in the cold raises the bar, in my opinion. Not only do you have to overcome the opposition, you have to overcome the weather.

    Only then can you be called the Super Bowl Champions.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Jan 27, 2014 1:14 PM

    I would hate to see the people gripe.

    A few years ago when Jerry World opened up for the SB it snowed… luckily for Dallas. Pittsburgh and Green Bay fans were there to show them how wind shield brushes and scrapers worked.

  19. jusford says: Jan 27, 2014 1:15 PM

    Yes, come and enjoy the skyways!

  20. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    Oh! They’re making a bid to HOST the Superbowl. Sorry, I was laughing so hard it took me a second to read the column.

  21. kicksave1980 says: Jan 27, 2014 1:30 PM

    I have no ties to MN, but having been to Minneapolis a few times, I was impressed at how nice of a city it is. And I hope they get the chance at another Super Bowl.

  22. iamedreed says: Jan 27, 2014 1:38 PM

    i love how all of a sudden now if you build a new stadium you are almost guaranteed to get to host a SB, where was this 10 years ago when the ravens got their brand new stadium???

    i’m sorry but Baltimore should get a shot at hosting a SB before Minnesota gets to again, seriously that is the most depressing place ever

  23. granadafan says: Jan 27, 2014 1:55 PM

    The only ones who will be concerned about the freezing weather will be the politicians, corporate sponsors, s0-called VIPs, celebrities, media, entertainers, and other owners. Goodell only lets a few hundred or so “real fans” attend the game. The fan experience is OUTSIDE the stadium where it’s freezing. Yeah, great idea.

    Minny will get one because Goodell only awards Super Bowls to teams who have new/ renovated stadia. Special consideration will be taken if the multi billionaire owner fleeced the taxpayers out of hundreds of millions.

  24. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 27, 2014 2:47 PM

    Totally. It’s only -20 today. Who wouldn’t want to visit MN in the middle of winter?

  25. deltaoracle says: Jan 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    I love to hate Vikings fans, but the Twin Cities is a very nice, clean place with mostly real nice (although, like Wisconsin, often quiet and stoic) people. I hope they get it. After the one this week, it’ll look like paradise.

  26. dwhcic says: Jan 27, 2014 4:06 PM

    MN will get SB LII. The finest state in the nation deserves another one.

  27. lawrenceofalabia says: Jan 27, 2014 4:39 PM

    Chicago should get a Super Bowl, but Minnesota would be a nice second choice. The corporate sponsors, idiotic celebrities, the press, and the various other people that go to make an appearance at the Super Bowl should have to freeze their asses off. If it can’t happen during the game in a place like Chicago, it should at least happen while they’re in town in Minneapolis.

  28. seaeagle707 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:15 PM

    I’d go to a Minny SB. Not to see the game, but to watch all of the people try get their tires frozen to the parking lot surfaces, unstuck.

  29. eastman420 says: Jan 27, 2014 5:42 PM

    Think someone asked who would go to MN in the winter? Bunch of sissys thats who. Ice fishing,snowmobiles,skiing,sledding,snowboarding,hunting and lots of beer. Must’ve been one of them Californians hahaha.

  30. chasedbyturtles says: Jan 27, 2014 6:21 PM

    While the Twin Cities are a helluva nice place, If I were going someplace in the winter I don’t think Minnesota would be at the top of my list. Now if you’re going to the MLB all star game, there aren’t many places I’d put in front of them. Let’s face it, cold weather sucks. It sucks in Minnesota, New York and it sucks in Boston. Give em a couple extra mid summer classics and leave the Super bowls to warm weather locations…except New Orleans. Screw New Orleans.

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 27, 2014 7:47 PM

    Hosting a Superbowl – possibly. Too bad the team will never win one.

  32. cjvirnig says: Jan 27, 2014 7:53 PM

    Not only will the new Vikings stadium be indoors, but like Target Center, a skyway will connect it to nearby buildings. Given the existing skyway system, it’d be conceivable for media to never have to venture outside at all.

  33. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 27, 2014 9:56 PM

    I would want to see the contingency plans for ripped side fabric, collapsed roof, terror evacuation plans, etc. before voting in some untested arena.

  34. emoney826 says: Jan 28, 2014 10:35 AM

    I must say, seeing the initial pictures of the inside of the new stadium looked nice. But seeing this outside view, I don’t know what they were thinking. What happened to making a nice looking exterior stadium? Looks too futuristic and unappealing.

  35. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 28, 2014 10:40 AM

    I would love the idea of the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis. But let’s be honest. I don’t care if you think I’m a wuss, this winter has sucked the very life out of me. They’re worried about mid-30s in Jersey…man, I’m busting out the grill tomorrow because we might make it to 12 above.

    We get a cold blast like we’ve had the last…well, month…and that will not be a ringing endorsement.

  36. whatjusthapped says: Jan 28, 2014 2:10 PM

    I hope the good city of Minneapolis does secure the Superbowl. If they do and there is a God in heaven, the Packers will do well to win that year in a new stadium so the Viking trolls can see first hand what a Lombardi trophy looks like. It will be short-lived as the trophy presentation and the few hours in the winner’s locker room will be it before it gets transported 300 miles to the east.

    Maybe then (and I doubt it) the Viking trolls will be sufficiently humiliated enough to stop their constant predictions on how the Vikings are going to win anything.

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