January 02, 2018 06:47 PM
The Super Bowl is still a little more than a month away, but you'll start to notice changes in downtown Minneapolis long before that.
"Three years of preparation have come down to the next 33 days to get ready for the biggest game in history," Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Vice President of Communications Andrea Mokros said Tuesday.
Portions of three streets are already closed, including Chicago Avenue between 4th and 6th streets south; 5th Street South between 11th Avenue South and the loading dock of the 511 Building; and Norm McGrew Place between 3rd and 4th streets south.
Complicating matters further is one of those good problems to have: not only are the Vikings in the playoffs, they've got at least one home game to come, too.
"It's not a problem, it's a challenge," Mokros said smiling.
The closures represent a challenge for businesses surrounding the stadium, too.
Erik Forsberg owns the bar Erik the Red, which is right across the street from the stadium. He thinks all of the prep work will boost his business, especially with folks brought to the area to help.
"They're all from out of town, so they're all going to want to eat and drink somewhere and being that we are close, it'll be beneficial," he explained.
But Forsberg admitted that being so close to the stadium could also be problematic.
"There's gonna be a big fence outside, but there'll be an opening," he said. "Just knock on the door and come on in."
As far as the weather goes, Mokros said the committee isn't worried about the cold, not even a little.
"Our bigger challenge would be if it was 50 degrees and melty snow because we've really sold this winter wonderland," she said. "And so we're excited to have cold and snow and embrace the winter."
For more information on what to expect in the run-up to the Super Bowl, click here.
Updated: January 02, 2018 06:47 PM
Created: January 02, 2018 02:46 PM
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