NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced that Super Bowl LII would take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game will be played at the Minnesota Vikings’ brand new, one of a kind stadium, which currently is in the process of being built. With 2018 four seasons away, the Vikings may have enough time to put together a strong enough team to play in the Super Bowl hosted at their home stadium.
Throughout the 48-year Super Bowl era, not even one team has made it to, let alone won, a Super Bowl hosted in their home stadium. While the Vikings are currently in rebuilding mode, it is not completely out of the question that the team could potentially be contenders by 2018.
With exception to star running back Adrian Peterson and stud linebacker Chad Greenway, the Vikings are a relatively young team. There are many talented and promising players on both the offensive and defensive side of the roster. Amongst others, this list includes: Teddy Bridgewater, Anthony Barr, Cordarrelle Patterson, Harrison Smith, Matt Kalil, John Sullivan, Xavier Rhodes, Sharrif Floyd, Linval Joseph and Captain Munnerlyn.
The Vikings also have recently hired a completely new coaching staff, which includes defensive mastermind Mike Zimmer and offensive wizard Norv Turner. Simply put, it would appear that the Vikings are moving in the right direction.
While the Vikings may have a crop of young and gifted players and a coaching staff loaded with experience and historical success, franchise history is not on their side. The Vikings have not played in a Super Bowl since 1977. In fact, only the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs have a longer running Super Bowl drought than the Vikings.
Many times in history, most recently in 2009, the Vikings appeared destined to become Super Bowl champions. Despite this and playing in four Super Bowls, the Vikings have yet to accomplish the ultimate goal in football, winning the Super Bowl.
To keep it simple, there is no way of knowing if the Vikings will play on their home field in Super Bowl LII, but the odds are certainly not in their favor. There is palpable reasoning for both optimism and pessimism regarding this topic, but in the end, only time will tell if the Vikings will be able to become the first team in NFL history to both host and play in the most popular sporting event in the United States.