Minnesota bidding for 2018 Super Bowl

By KBJR News 1

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 1:28 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) – The Super Bowl may be coming to Minnesota.

Governor Mark Dayton announced the state's bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl as construction gets underway for the new Vikings Stadium.

“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,” says Gov. Dayton. “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.”

During today's announcement, Governor Dayton also named three business leaders to lead a Super Bowl bid committee comprised of business, labor and community leaders from Minnesota, as well as representatives from the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant.

The establishment of this committee follows the NFL's announcement in October that Minnesota is one of the three finalists to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

If Minnesota is selected as host, it will be only the second time in NFL history and the first time since 1992 when Super Bowl XXVI was held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

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