Hosting the Super Bowl in a cold-weather city is apparently becoming something of a trend, and now Minnesota wants in on the fun.
As the communities surrounding the home of the New York Jets and New York Giants enjoy the Super Bowl festivities and influx of visitors to the tri-state area for this year’s Super Bowl, supporters of the Minnesota Vikings are angling to do the same in a few years. The Vikings, in conjunction with Minnesota governor Mark Dayton, announced Tuesday that they are launching a bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.
Hosting the Super Bowl in a cold-weather city is relatively new, with Detroit (2006), Indianapolis (2012) and now New York/New Jersey the others to do so. However, Minnesota was the first such city to host the game, as the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills squared off inside the Metrodome in 1992.
The Super Bowl wouldn’t be played inside the Metrodome if Minnesota was granted the game in 2018, though. The Vikings are in the process of building a brand-new stadium in Minneapolis that is expected to open in 2016. While that field also will be protected from the elements, fans looking for a vacation to accompany a Super Bowl excursion won’t be as warm should Minneapolis be the landing site.