The Minnesota Vikings are looking to really keep things busy up north, as they have now made a formal bid to host a future Super Bowl. Actually, on Friday, September 7, 2012, the team applied to host one of three upcoming Super Bowls.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the Vikings put in their bids to host either the Super Bowl for 2018, 2019, or 2012.
The 2012 Super Bowl will be awarded at the NFL meetings that are to take place in May of 2014. 2019 and 2020’s games will be picked the exact same way and the winners revealed at the same meetings the following two years.
Upcoming Super Bowls are to be held as following:
- 2013 – New Orleans
- 2014 – New York
- 2015 – Arizona
- 2016 – Awarded in May 2013
- 2017 – Awarded in May 2013
It has been quite a while since Minnesota hosted a Super Bowl with the last NFL championship game coming way back in 1992. Since then though, a lot has happened and the city believes there is much more to offer now.
A brand new $975 million stadium is going to be built for the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis, and that is where any Super Bowls awarded would be played. The Vikings hope to open the new stadium in 2016.
Hopes have been placed on hosting a Super Bowl in Minneapolis for some time now as the Vikings would use it as a public benefit to fund the new stadium replacing the Metrodome. Back in May, there was an agreement was made for the new stadium by the Vikings, city of Minneapolis, and state of Minnesota.
As of now, there are no plans for a retractable roof to be placed on the new stadium. The $975 million will definitely be going toward and indoor stadium thanks to the frigid temperatures up in Minnesota.
Ever since the inception of the Super Bowl in 1967, Southern cities have dominated the hosting abilities. There is no secret though that the NFL enjoys rewarding teams that put forth the effort and money to build new stadiums with upgraded amenities.
New Orleans alone has hosted the Super Bowl nine times already with its tenth coming in January. Miami is another southern city that has seen the big game come their way on a number of occasions as it hosted its tenth game back in 2010.
Indianapolis and Detroit have both benefitted from building new stadiums and seen the Super Bowl come to their turf. The new state of the art home for the New York Giants and New York Jets is going to be one of the next to see their money and construction be put to championship use.
A number of factors are taken into account when awarding the Super Bowl to a city, and all must be met in order for it to happen.
Some of the factors that play into where the Super Bowl will be held are a nearby venue for the fan event called the NFL Experience, nearby practice sites for the teams, and close to 20,000 hotel rooms at least within an hour’s drive of the stadium.
Minneapolis is hoping that these factors combined with their new stadium will swing the vote their way.
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