September 20, 2017 10:25 PM
It's now only a matter of months until Super Bowl 52 comes to the Twin Cities.
The game will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. But the entire state will be on display for 10 days leading up to kickoff.
That includes the other Twin City - St. Paul.
"St. Paul definitely wants to put it's best foot forward," Derek Sharrer, general manager of the St. Paul Saints, said.
The festivities for Super Bowl 52 start with opening night at Xcel Energy Center. It's not only when the media will interview the players and coaches, but where fans can get up close and personal as well.
"With that event, folks can come in and follow along," said Adam Johnson of Visit Saint Paul.
Pop star Taylor Swift performed the night before this year's game in Houston the night before the Super Bowl. And a similar concert will surely fill up Xcel Energy Center the night before the game here.
"We're looking at an 'A' level act coming to the Xcel," Johnson said.
The third official NFL event is the Taste of the NFL - happening at the River Centre.
"It's really cool because it's kind of a homecoming," Johnson said. "That began back in 1992 - the last time we hosted a Super Bowl."
CHS Field is also getting in on the action. Saints officials plan to turn it into a winter wonderland.
Sharrer said they'll have a snow terrain park in left field, an area for ice fishing in right, and a giant snow slide connecting the suite level to the field
"We feel like as part of the whole bold north theme, we can come up with some ideas, and develop some things that will make this place an exciting place to be in the winter," Sharrer said.
Sharrer said this outdoor stadium was designed so it could be utilized in the cold.
"If things go well, which we think they will, it's something we think we can do every year moving forward tied in with the Carnival itself," Sharrer said.
As for the Winter Carnival and Ice Palace, the St. Paul staple will again be a big attraction. Just like it was in 1992 when the Super Bowl was last in the Twin Cities.
"I know they're going for a world record in terms of height this year on that," Johnson said. "Give a lot of those people who are coming not from a colder, winter climate an opportunity to experience Minnesota winter."
The Winter Carnival expanded to 17 days because of the Super Bowl.
Visit St. Paul said they expect to hear what artist/group is performing the night before the Super Bowl sometime in September.
Updated: September 20, 2017 10:25 PM
Created: September 20, 2017 08:50 PM
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