Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Vikings and business leaders throughout the Twin Cities have submitted a preliminary bid for the team and state to host the 2018 NFL Super Bowl, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The submission included participation from more than 180 hotels to secure 19,000 rooms for Super Bowl week, 48 different venue options for various events, practice sites for both participating teams, and a letter of support signed by Governor Mark Dayton and leaders from both the Democratic and Republic parties.
Hosting a Super Bowl was one of the major incentives for the state to help fund the new $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium, which is expected to be finished in July 2016.
“This new stadium is being built to attract and host major events, some that will bring more than 100,000 visitors to fill our hotels and restaurants and to shop in our stores,” Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a statement. “Events like the Super Bowl provide national and international exposure to Minnesota as a place to live, work and do business. We hope this will be just one example of the many economic benefits the stadium will provide our great state.”
A final submission will be presented in early May with an oral presentation to follow later that month at the NFL Owners Meetings, with a final decision expected to be made at that time.
Other finalists for the 2018 Super Bowl are Indianapolis and New Orleans.