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MINNEAPOLIS - The Super Bowl may be over, but things are ramping up in the race for Minneapolis to be a Super Bowl host city.
"The first thing that I noticed is that they really did a much better job of hospitality," said Meet Minneapolis' Melvin Tennant.
Tennant has traveled to New Orleans a number of times, but fresh off of a flight from this latest Super Bowl and he says the hospitality in the city was superb.
He was one of a group of people from other cities that are all vying for the big game themselves.
"A lot of money needs to be raised for one thing," explained Tennant.
He said while the game itself might bring in $250 million to a city, it also takes a bit of cash to be the host.
Sponsorships are needed for all sorts of things, from media and public events leading up to the game to special tail gating areas on the big day.
It also takes a ton of people to pull off the event.
"I understand 8 to 10,000 volunteers were needed," Tennant said. "So that's certainly something we're going to have to look into."
In the case of New Orleans, they brought in the "pros" and a group from Disney helped to facilitate all of the people needed to put on the event.
While about 70,000 people attend the game, tens of thousands more attend everything else leading up to the game. All of those people need enough places to sleep, eat and play, which Meet Minneapolis is already working on in anticipation.
"We're doing a feasibility study on a large thousand-room hotel," said Tennant.
A potential new hotel, getting big businesses involved, as well as all of the city's restaurants and other service industries, it's all part of a big picture that's supported by a new stadium.
In 2018, the Vikings will have a new stadium, which may be an added advantage, by then, new stadiums in Indianapolis, Houston and Phoenix will all have hosted a Super Bowl.
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