MINNEAPOLIS - The city of Minneapolis is finalizing a sales pitch in hopes of bringing the 2018 Super Bowl to the new Vikings stadium.
Like college kids cramming the night before finals, the group, Meet Minneapolis, spent Monday finalizing its bid, which is due on Tuesday.
"It's been frantic. Actually, it's been frantic the last few days," said Melvin Tennant, President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis.
Tennant said he knows the his group has to work harder than the competition. That's because Indianapolis and New Orleans have already hosted recent and successful Super Bowls. The NFL knows what those cities can offer.
While the brand new billion dollar future Vikings stadium is a huge draw, the NFL needs to see more.
"Hotel rooms, logistics, transportation, various venues, anything that relates to the NFL coming in and having a great time, not only for the teams, but for the fans," Tennant explained.
What else do they need? Tax breaks.
Minnesota still has a law on the books passed for the 1992 Super Bowl exempting game tickets from sales tax, but further tax breaks are required by the NFL for any Super Bowl-related events. New Orleans and Indianapolis have already made those promises.
The question is, will that hurt Minneapolis' chance to host the big game? It's not something Meet Minneapolis or the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority wanted to discuss on the eve of the bid deadline.
"We're going all out and we're going to do everything we can to get it for Super Bowl LII."
Minneapolis will send a delegation to Atlanta in mid-May to make a presentation to NFL owners.
If tax breaks are passed by that point, Minnesota's chances will go up.