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