Minneapolis hopes to host Super Bowl in 5 years

1:21 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- All sports fans know that a venue can shape a game as much as the players do. That's why Patrick and Katie McMahon are looking forward to the new Vikings stadium even though they were rooting for a different team during Super Bowl Sunday.

"Definitely a Vikings fans but in this game I'm a Ravens fan," Patrick said.

While they cheered for the Ravens they also cheered for the city of Minneapolis and a chance to host a future Super Bowl.

"That new stadium is going to put us in a real strong position to host this thing," Matt Meunier with Meet Minneapolis said.

The group has partnered with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to submit an application to host the Super Bowl and Meuiner believes they have a good chance as early as 2018.

"The new facilities are getting the Super Bowls," Meuiner noted.

In fact, the last two Super Bowl games, which were in Indianapolis and Dallas, both had new stadiums and both were designed by architect firm HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, the same group that the Vikings have chosen for their new stadium.

The last time Minneapolis hosted the big game was in 1992 at the Metrodome. A lot has changed since then, new hotels have sprung up, new shopping centers and now a new stadium.

"The new stadium that we're building is being built to accommodate the Super Bowl specifically," Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairperson for the sports facilities authority, said.

Minneapolis will be competing with cities like Denver and Seattle. During a visit to the Metrodome in October NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that Minneapolis could host a Super Bowl game in either 2018 or 2019.

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