While ground hasn’t even been broken for the Minnesota Vikings new stadium, team officials have already started to plan for their bid to host a future Super Bowl.
This past weekend vice president Lester Bagley met with NFL officials in New Orleans about the Vikings hosting a Super Bowl as soon as 2018.
“We started to do some homework on our bid. No one could guarantee it, but they were very encouraging about Minneapolis getting a Super Bowl. We feel good about it, and we feel good about the feedback from the league. We’ve got to put together a strong bid and a strong host committee,” said Bagley.
The team is hoping to have their new stadium completed for the start of the 2016 season, and one would assume that if Super Bowl talks are already taking place, that the new stadium will have a roof. No one knows for sure if it will be retractable or permanent, however.
This would be great for the city of Minneapolis and for the entire Vikings franchise if they can land a Super Bowl in only the stadium’s third year. If they’re going all out on this new stadium, they must maximize their opportunities for exposure and profit. You can just imagine the economic boost a city sees when it hosts a Super Bowl.
As of now there are no set plans for the new stadium design, as a construction manager has yet to be named. Fans should hopefully expect to know specifics of the new stadium later on this spring, but a decision on hosting the Super Bowl won’t come down for quite some time. You’d have to think that the NFL would want to utilize a brand new stadium for their biggest game, so I like the Vikings’ chances to host in 2018.
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