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Minnesota Announces Bid for NCAA Final Four

Updated: 06/03/2014 5:12 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 5:36 AM KSTP.com

After winning the 2018 Super Bowl, Minnesota is going after the NCAA Final Four.          

Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota business leaders and sports celebrities announced Minnesota's bid for the Final Four at a state Capitol news conference Tuesday.          

Last month, the NFL chose Minneapolis to host the 2018 Super Bowl. Minneapolis was chosen largely because of the $1 billion stadium being built where the Metrodome used to stand.          

In July, Major League Baseball's All-Star game will be played at Target Field.

Dayton named Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners, Inc. and David Mortenson, president of Mortenson Construction, as co-chairs of the Minnesota Final Four Steering Committee. Other committee officials will be representatives from Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Meet Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota.

Lindsay Whalen, a guard for the Minnesota Lynx and former Gopher women's basketball star, and Trent Tucker, a former NBA player and Gopher men's basketball player, will serve as honorary co-chairs.

If Minnesota is selected, it will be the third time the city has hosted the tournament. The previous events in 1992 and 2001 were held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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