Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Vikings and Minneapolis, Minn. will host Super Bowl LII following the 2018 season in the team's new $1 billion stadium, that after the league owners voted on Tuesday afternoon.
Hosting a Super Bowl was a major incentive for building the new stadium, and Vikings owner Mark Wilf hopes winning the bid now justifies the hefty price tag.
"I think [fans] deserve the type of buidling that they can enjoy and want to come with their family and have an experience," Wilf said. "That's the kind of legacy we were missing. Having this now, with the Super Bowl validating that, I think it's a good investment."
This will be just the second time Minneapolis has hosted a Super Bowl --- the other came at the Metrodome in 1992 --- and it needed to beat out New Orleans, La. and Indianapolis, Ind. in the bid process to do so.
New Orleans had been 10-for-10 in its previous bids and was widely considered the favorite to win the 2018 Super Bowl, so the Minnesota committee members were thrilled to have won.
"When you beat a good competitor, it's even more satisfying," Richard Davis said. "They are amazingly good, so it made us feel very proud to be part of that."
Though there is a rook on the Vikings new stadium, questions and jokes about visiting Minnesota in early February started to surface almost immediately following the announcement. For those people, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had some practical advice.
"If you want to play golf, Minneapolis may not be your first choice," he joked. "Maybe play golf and then come to Minneapolis. People come to the Super Bowl for a variety of reasons. They want to be part of something special, and I think that's the great thing that will happen in Minneapolis."
The date of Super Bowl LII is Feb. 4, 2018.