Governor Mark Dayton tossed Minnesota into the ring on Monday for a shot at hosting the Super Bowl.
At a news conference at the State Capitol, Gov. Dayton and a coalition of Minnesota business and community leaders presented the state's bid to bring the Super Bowl to the new Vikings stadium in 2018. Other contenders for Super Bowl LII are Indianapolis and New Orleans.
"The Super Bowl is the most watched annual event in the world. In addition to game attendees, it brings over 100,000 people to the host community for a weeklong celebration," Dayton said in a release. "Hosting the Super Bowl would bring enormous economic benefits to many Minnesota businesses, as well as provide a terrific opportunity to again showcase Minnesota to the world."
An independent study said the Super Bowl's economic impact to Indianapolis in 2012 was $324 million dollars. Dayton estimated the impact in Minneapolis to be closer to half a billion dollars.
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Dayton named three business leaders to co-chair the effort:
- Doug Baker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ecolab
- Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Carlson
- Richard Davis, Chairman/President/Chief Executive Officer at U.S. Bancorp.
The committee said at the meeting the Twin Cities can commit 19,000 rooms for four nights for Super Bowl fans.
The group will develop a full proposal before a final selection is announced in May 2014 following the NFL Owners Meetings in Atlanta.
The stadium has been slated to open in July 2016.
Minneapolis last hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 at the Metrodome when the Washington Redskins faced the Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Mark Rypien and the Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24, making the Bills the third team -- after the Vikings and the Denver Broncos -- to lose back-to-back Super Bowls.
Meanwhile, tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are getting cheaper by the day. Forbes reports the average list price for tickets on TiqIQ was $3,448.79 three weeks before teams had secured a spot in the matchup. Now, according to SeatGeek, the average price paid for tickets is $2,505, down 27.1 percent from the average price of $3,439 paid for those tickets just three days ago.
Fans will be sitting outside at MetLife Stadium this Sunday, but it's too soon to tell how cold it'll be. A Super Bowl in Minneapolis could certainly sport a -52 wind chill to match the Super Bowl's title, but at least fans won't be sitting outside.
BOND SALE BACK ON
The state will also begin selling bonds for the new $1 billion Vikings stadium Monday after the Minnesota Supreme Court threw out a petition last week attempting to block the sale of bonds that would cover the state's portion of the funding for the stadium.
Three Minneapolis residents contended the funding mechanism for the stadium was unconstitutional, but now, after a two-week delay, the state is reviving the sale of $468 million in bonds backed by state appropriations.