Minneapolis to undergo Super Bowl 2018 transformation

By KBJR News 1

May 21, 2014 Updated May 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Hot off Tuesday's big announcement about the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis in 2018, Governor Mark Dayton and Super Bowl Bid officials held a celebration at the Capitol.

The Governor hosted the first news conference since officials returned from Atlanta, where the announcement was made.

Officials talked about the pitch made to the NFL, how they promoted Minneapolis as a good cold weather venue.

They also showed off how some venues could look once February 2018 rolls around.

The Governor and the others kept the kick-off pretty light.

"Never in the Super Bowl history has a home team played in the Super Bowl. The Vikings in 2018?" Gov. Dayton asked turning to the team's owner. "Start sooner than that. 2018 for sure.".

"Imagine the NBC television camera panning away while they're going to commercial break, and they'll see someone on the Lopet, or someone building an ice castle, or they'll see someone skating on the lakes," said Richard Davis who was on the Super Bowl Bid Committee.

Governor Dayton and other officials said they'll probably ask the Legislature for more tax breaks for the 2018 Super Bowl.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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