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ATLANTA - Minnesota has been chosen by NFL owners to host Super Bowl LII in 2018.

It took two votes for NFL owners to come to a decision on Tuesday afternoon.

A super majority of 75 percent was needed to choose a winner. The first vote did not reach the super majority threshold. That meant the city with the lowest vote total, Indianapolis, was eliminated.

In the second vote, Minnesota did reach the 75 percent mark and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement that Minnesota beat out New Orleans.

"We're going to do a great job," said Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf. "We're going to make the league and football fans everywhere proud."

Adrian Peterson and Lindsey Vonn were among the celebrities who helped Minnesota win its bid for Super Bowl LII. Minnesota Vikings

"When the commissioner walked up you just couldn't get him to say the words fast enough and it was the right words, so we were very excited," said Richard Davis, CEO of U.S. Bank, in an NFL Network interview.

Organizers of Minnesota's bid submitted their 180-page pitch to NFL owners last week. The committee co-chairs gave a final presentation before Tuesday's vote.

"It's just wonderful and we won't let anybody down," said Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former CEO, Carlson Companies, in an interview on NFL Network. "All the teams were competitive. We will welcome them at our new stadium, but this one is ours."

It will be the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which also hosted Super Bowl XXVI at the recently demolished Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Jan. 26, 1992.

One of the keys to securing the bid was that the team did not shy away from winter in Minnesota. Instead they embraced it.

"You know the biggest challenge was to make sure that all of you felt we could host something this big in the winter," Davis said. "Not that that challenge is over but I think we've made that confidence in the minds of all that this is a place you can come in the winter on purpose and enjoy it and celebrate it."

"I think it's an affirmation of the north," said Carlson Nelson. "It came to Indianapolis and now it's coming to Minnesota. We have an entire nation of football fans."

"On behalf of all Minnesotans, I want to thank Co-Chairs Doug Baker, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Richard Davis, and the Minnesota Vikings, for their superb and successful efforts to bring the 2018 Super Bowl to Minnesota," Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement. "Hosting the Super Bowl will provide a terrific opportunity to showcase Minnesota to the world. It will also bring major economic benefits to our state."

The Vikings will play the next two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota before moving into their new building in fall 2016.

The team secured substantial public funding for the project last year after roughly a decade of trying. The NFL has made a point to reward cities for such financial commitments.

Next year's game is in Arizona, followed by the San Francisco Bay Area for the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. The 2017 game will be in Houston.

Watch other Vikings videos used in pitch:

Vikings showcase new stadium in pitch for Super Bowl KARE

Minn. business leaders help make pitch for Super Bowl Minnesota Vikings

This video was part of the pitch to bring Super Bowl LII to Minnesota. Minnesota Vikings

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