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Minneapolis Makes 2018 Super Bowl Bid Tuesday

Updated: 05/20/2014 9:23 PM
Created: 05/19/2014 5:53 PM KSTP.com
By: Stephen Tellier

Three cities competing for one incredibly big game. And by Tuesday night, we will know whether Minneapolis will host the Super Bowl in 2018.

The decision will be made at the NFL's Spring League Meeting in Atlanta, where the Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee made its last-minute preparations on Monday night. The committee spent an hour rehearsing its 15-minute presentation at the Ritz Carlton, and they will present in front of all 32 NFL team owners there on Tuesday.

They will then decide the site for Super Bowl LII. Will it be Minneapolis?

The committee released one small taste of the top-secret bid on Monday - the bid's logo, complete with a north star and aurora borealis.

"It''s bold. It speaks to our DNA in Minnesota," said Lester Bagley, the VP of Public Affairs for the Minnesota Vikings.

The logo is also, fittingly, in the shape of the new Vikings stadium - the centerpiece of Minnesota's bid.

"There's a lot of excitement here, a lot of press, a lot of competition, but we feel ready," said Marilyn Carlson-Nelson, the former CEO of Carlson Companies and a bid committee co-chair.

While the NFL has a history of rewarding cities that build new stadiums, Minneapolis is by no means a shoo-in. The other two finalists are New Orleans and Indianapolis. Indianapolis received rave reviews for its first Super Bowl in 2012. But some are saying this is the Big Easy's bid to lose, as 2018 is the city's 300th birthday, and a Super Bowl would kick off that celebration.

That would mean Minneapolis would have to wait.

"We're not in it for another year. We're all in for 2018," Bagley said.

"I just think maybe New Orleans is going to have to celebrate their birthday party without a Super Bowl," Carlson-Nelson said.

The former CEO of Carlson Companies is one of just two people who will make Minnesota's pitch before the NFL owners. But the coaxing and cajoling of those owners has been going on for months. The Vikings said they've been lobbying hard for votes.

"We've gotten great feedback," Bagley said. "I know we've done everything that we could do to deliver a great bid and to showcase our great state and community."

Another interesting note: New Orleans has never lost a Super Bowl bid -- it's 10 for 10 all-time. The bid presentations are set to begin around 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday. Minnesota is first up. It will be followed by New Orleans, and then Indianapolis. Then, the owners vote.


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