MINNEAPOLIS, MN (MAY 7, 2014) – The Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee has submitted its final bid to host Super Bowl LII in 2018. Delivered to all 32 NFL owners on tablets containing a Super Bowl LII app, the bid provides a preview to the final May 20 presentation.


“We have a great story to tell about the state of Minnesota,” said RICHARD DAVIS, chief executive officer of U.S. Bank and bid committee co-chair. “Today we delivered that story to all 32 NFL owners and made our best case for bringing Super Bowl LII to our region in 2018. We appreciate the energy and effort that has gone into this process from our community and business leaders to ensure that we submitted an extremely comprehensive and competitive bid.”


The final bid submission follows last month’s preliminary submission and contains details on all aspects of Super Bowl Week – event venue options, transportation and parking, lodging, security procedures, team practice sites and more. Highlights from the bid include:


·         More than 180 hotels from throughout the region accounting for over 19,000 hotel rooms.

·         48 different venue options throughout Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Paul identified for potential use during Super Bowl Week.

·         Outstanding practice sites for the two competing teams.

·         Strong connectivity through a variety of transportation options, including light rail, Park & Ride system, four airports, and eight miles of skyway.

·         Integration of winter festivities into a branded celebration with a Super Bowl twist in 2018, including a flagship event at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

·         An NFL Legacy Program that will provide $2 million toward Minnesota charities that enhance the health, wellness and safety of children.


“We submitted a great bid that highlights all we have to offer,” said DOUG BAKER, chief executive officer of Ecolab and bid committee co-chair. “Our highly engaged community, great event venues, tremendous hospitality infrastructure, world-class transportation and airport facilities, unique skyway system and, of course, our new, best-in-class, iconic stadium are all strengths of our bid.”


“As the host community in 1992, we proposed to the NFL a legacy component that would live on beyond the game and since then has become a major component in Super Bowl bids,” said MARILYN CARLSON-NELSON, former chairman and chief executive officer of Carlson Companies and bid committee co-chair. “It’s only fitting that 26 years later we will once again have an opportunity to work with the NFL to carry out a new community legacy that will have a positive impact on Minnesota children.”


NFL owners will vote on the final site for the February 2018 game on Tuesday, May 20. Details for media availability on May 19-20 will be forthcoming.


For more information please contact MSFA Director of Communications JENN HATHAWAY at 612.335.3308, Meet Minneapolis Communications Manager KRISTEN MONTAG at 612.767.8038 or Vikings Executive Director of Communications JEFF ANDERSON at 952.828.6570.