Editor's Note: In the above video, reporter Lou Raguse states, "Leiweke said he talked to the teachers briefly and he set up a breakfast with them that will take place during the week of the Super Bowl." A spokesperson for the St. Paul Federation of Teachers says Leiweke spoke to the teachers but did not set up a breakfast.
MINNEAPOLIS – One of the Minnesota Vikings’ owners and an NFL executive were on a panel speaking to the Economic Club of Minnesota on Wednesday about the economic impact of hosting a Super Bowl.
The speakers didn't give many specifics but talked about why they think hosting the Super Bowl will benefit Minnesota’s economy long-term.
Tod Leiweke spent five years as president of the Minnesota Wild and is now chief operating officer of the NFL.
“This is going to be a postcard to the world,” Leiweke said.
Fellow panel member Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth, told the crowd the much of that lasting impact will be felt in communities across the state that benefited from Legacy Fund grants.
“These community grants. That's long-term sustainability. That's long-term change. And that's what this great bully pulpit is for,” Glick said.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee released numbers last year from an economist predicting $407 million in new spending, a $343 million economic impact supporting more than 5,000 jobs, and 125,000 visitors coming to the metro from out of town.
The speakers claim much of the benefits will comes afterward, because of putting Minnesota under the microscope during the big event.
“It's to expose business leaders, community leaders, not just the fans to what Minnesota has. So, from all aspects, it's going to have an impact. Tourism yes, but also on the business side,” Mark Wilf said.