Eden Prairie, MN(October 8, 2013) – Following Tuesday's ownership meetings in Washington, D.C., the NFL announced Minnesota as one of three finalists (Indianapolis, New Orleans) to serve as the host for Super Bowl 52. The final selection for the location of the February 4, 2018, game will be announced in May 2014.
"This is a significant first step in bringing the world's marquee sporting event to Minnesota," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "With the outstanding hospitality community in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the opening of the new state-of-the-art stadium, this is a perfect fit. We look forward to working with state and local leaders to secure this major event in Minnesota."
"This great news is the culmination of years of work but the real work begins now," said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. "Meet Minneapolis was one of the first business organizations to step up and support the new stadium. Now we're poised to join the Vikings in taking the ball over the goal line for the City of Minneapolis and bring the Super Bowl to our community."
If Minnesota is selected as host, it would be only the second time in NFL history and the first time since 1992 when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.