Super Bowl in Minneapolis? Zygi-land one of three finalists for 2018 game

Fireworks.jpg
Playoff football could be coming to Minneapolis!
If history is any indication, the Vikings probably won't be playing in it (sorry, cheap shot), but the 2018 Super Bowl might be coming to Minneapolis.

SEE ALSO: VW's Super Bowl ad featuring 'Minnesotan' criticized for being "like blackface with voices" [VIDEO]

Yesterday, the City of Lakes was named as one of three finalists to host the game, along with Indianapolis and New Orleans.

The big game would be played, of course, in the as-of-yet-unconstructed new Vikings stadium -- a.k.a. Zygi-land.

Minneapolis made the cut as a finalist after Zygi's brother and co-owner Mark Wilf pitched the city to the Super Bowl Advisory Committee and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"This is a significant first step in bringing the world's marquee sporting event to Minnesota," Mark Wilf said in a statement posted on Vikings.com. "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."

The Star Tribune, citing Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen, reports that the game, which would be Minneapolis's second Super Bowl (see a cool photo from the first here), could generate more than $300 million for local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. Of course, officials also thought e-pulltabs would generate enough money to pay for the state's portion of the stadium cost, and we know how that turned out.

In any event, NFL owners will vote to determine the final choice in May.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
32 comments
Ryan Starsmore
Ryan Starsmore

No. It will make it difficult for me to get home so that I can watch it on TV.

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

It would create jobs even if temp and there's a lot of money to be had from revenue,but as a Viking fan it would only be accepted if the Vikings were playing in it lol just my opinion.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Refiner, so what I understand from what you were saying... Indianapolis didn't adequately fund their pedestrian system. So the NFL said, fix it or no cookie. Now Indianapolis has a better pedestrian system. If it takes the NFL coming to make Minneapolis more efficient. All the better reason to bring them here, especially if it results in improvements that'll be here LONG after the Superbowl is played.

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

That might pay for a fraction of the expected construction costs of the Vikings stadium. In MN; /usually/ when a contractor tells you it costs X, it costs pretty darn close to X. If it were one of the coastal states, I'd state that the theoretical cost of the stadium will probably explode beyond the lowballed number.

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

There's a saturating limit of what city infrastructure can support. The bigger the game, the more expected people, more expected improvements. And then when those people leave, you've spent X before the game, recouped Y, and then you have to maintain the infrastructure you spent X on before getting Y back. Perhaps once we hook people on tax-free-clothing at Mall of America they will keep flying back?

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Except it doesn't bring in any money to the city coffers, in fact the city ends up losing money on the Super Bowl... Danielle, Indy actually lost close to 1 million on the superbowl... while business owners may have made money taxpayers lost it.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

I wouldn't like to see a Super Bowl played anywhere. I couldn't care less.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Nicholas that's great but what you fail to mention is the amount of money the city has to kick in for improvements, increased security, etc. That 135 million is not the amount the city nets... the city nets the taxable interest from that amount. Indianapolis, for instance was required to fix their pedestrian system, an amount that came to just about 12 million. In fact, the super bowl is notorious for costing tax payers more money than it actually makes... just simple facts are why people are against this.

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

This is correct, the "I hate sports and people who like sports" argument is 100% invalid.

Nicholas Rupar
Nicholas Rupar

Why anyone would be against a Super Bowl coming to their town is just beyond me, baffling, the lowest amount of revenue for the host city ever was somewhere around $135,000,000.

Danielle Henkels
Danielle Henkels

The money that will come in from it will probaby more than cover our share...considering Indy made in the range of $450M on it and they don't have a big mall that the wives of the guys wanting to come will want to come along and shop at...yes, that's a sexist comment and I'm excited to go to the game and can't stand the mall but I'm not every woman and I realize that! :)

Kari Jo Rod
Kari Jo Rod

In what looks like a giant glass pole barn? ...Um no thanks

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Worst Case Situation: We win and get to host the 2018 Super Bowl.  Then funding fall through and they have to play the Super Bowl in a 4 years older Metrodome.  The Dome dogs will also be 4 years older.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

It brings more money to the town and makes us less of "fly over country". Hope we win

Bobby Dommer
Bobby Dommer

Might as well seeing as how the Vikings won't ever be going.

luke107
luke107

World Champion Packers 2018!

Charlie Seto
Charlie Seto

It's a carrot to make sure Dayton does what he's told, and raises taxes to get that stadium done in time. Obey!

Evan Walde
Evan Walde

Let's actually break ground on the damn thing before we start committing to an event like that.

Emmy Fred
Emmy Fred

Yes, I think it would be great for our local economy.

whitneyanne
whitneyanne

I hope hosting the Superbowl here would generate more than $300....

Tony Ray
Tony Ray

Love to have another Super Bowl here but it's a shame it will have to be in such a ugly building. I totally support a new stadium but that thing looks like something out of Star Wars.

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...