The National Football League has awarded the 2018 Super Bowl American football showpiece to Minneapolis.
The city will host the 52nd Super Bowl at the new $1bn (€730m) Minnesota Vikings stadium, which is currently under construction and is due to open in 2016. NFL owners voted for Minneapolis, which edged out New Orleans and Indianapolis in the poll.
“We are thrilled to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota,” Richard Davis, who chaired the bid committee, said. “We succeeded in making the best case to the NFL owners by pointing out the many strengths our region offers.”
It will be only the second time Minneapolis has hosted the Super Bowl after the recently demolished Metrodome staged the 1992 game. For the next two seasons, the Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota while the new stadium, which will have a retractable roof, is being built.
“We appreciate the collaborative effort from Minnesota's business and community leadership in putting together this winning bid,” Vikings owner Mark Wilf said, according to the Reuters news agency. “It was evident to me and my brother Zygi that the other NFL owners were extremely impressed with everything Minnesota had to offer, and we have no doubt they will be even more excited with what the community will deliver in February 2018.”
After New York staged this year's Super Bowl, the next three games will take place in warmer-weather cities, with Phoenix lined up for 2015, San Francisco to host the 2016 game and Houston to stage the 2017 showpiece. New Orleans, which has hosted the Super Bowl on 10 occasions, staged the 2013 game. Indianapolis held the previous year’s Super Bowl.