Vikings, Meet Minneapolis Pursuing 2018 Super Bowl Bid

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 7, 2013 – 8:37 am

The city of New Orleans was just on a week-long national stage as it hosted Super Bowl XLVII, providing the proud residents of the city and of Louisiana an opportunity to showcase their unique culture, comforting and entertaining hospitality and lively and contagious spirit.

With a new $975 million stadium in the works, Minneapolis, in conjunction with the Vikings, is looking to capitalize on a similar opportunity by pursuing a Super Bowl, among other major events.

“We are aggressively pursuing the 2018 Super Bowl for Minneapolis,” said Vikings VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development.  “There is significant competition for this event, but with the new stadium opening in 2016, Minnesota is well-positioned as an attractive destination. We need to better understand the scope of the current-day Super Bowl and its associated events to determine what’s necessary to accommodate the additional 100,000 visitors outside of the 73,000 fans who attend the actual game.”

As part of the effort to better understand what it takes to host the ultimate event within the most popular sport on the America sports landscape, the Vikings invited Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant to attend the 2013 game and meetings in New Orleans with the NFL and other bidding cities, including San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston and New Orleans. This effort is expected for cities to compete for one of the largest marketing opportunities in the world, with millions of eyes fixed on the host city each year.

An announcement of the winning bids is expected by May 2014. The 2014 Super Bowl will be an outdoor game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, will host in 2015.

“I was honored that the Vikings asked me to attend the meetings and game in New Orleans,” said Tennant. “But more importantly, I was given the opportunity to learn about the event first-hand from the NFL, the other bidding cities and the example set forth in New Orleans. The experience and time was invaluable as we work diligently to bring a Super Bowl back to Minneapolis.”

The exploratory mission included briefings by the NFL officials for bidding cities, meetings with the CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and tours of the grounds and facilities that would be expected in any winning city.

Last year, Meet Minneapolis convened a group of leaders of business and the hospitality industry to form the Meet Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee, tasked with augmenting the work of the organization in the solicitation, funding and hosting of major sports and special events. This permanent group meets periodically and will help drive the destination to winning major events like the Super Bowl, the X Games, NCAA Final Four games and, eventually, possibly a Summer Olympics.

Rob Moor, Vice Chair of the Meet Minneapolis Board of Directors and CEO of the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, chairs the Meet Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee.

“It’s time that Minneapolis is spotlighted on the national stage as a prime destination for major events,” said Moor. “Alongside the new Vikings Stadium, the coming Central Corridor light rail line, the renovation of Target Center and many more infrastructure investments, there has to be an investment in time, energy and funds in fully utilizing these improvements and bringing more visibility and, ultimately, visitors to Minneapolis. This group will lead that effort.”

Meet Minneapolis invested in travel costs for the trip to New Orleans. The investment of time, study and personnel now will pay off, as it has with countless other events, in the overall economic impact as visitors attend and spend money throughout the city. The Super Bowl alone would yield an expected economic impact of $350 million and put Minneapolis on the international stage, once more, as a destination of choice for major events.

Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.

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63 Responses to “Vikings, Meet Minneapolis Pursuing 2018 Super Bowl Bid”

  1. By Mike B. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    First, I think that with all the NFL’s talking with the State Legislature. It would be negligent on the NFLs side to not have the new Dome be the site for the 2018 Superbowl. Part of the support behind it was to get the Superbowl to Minneasota.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    @RUNWAY, and MIKE B.,

    Jones never said the QBs in the Super Bowl were not good. lol

    What the Fred said is they are not the best in the NFL. You would be hard pressed to argue against that call!!!


    They don’t usually switch positions after 3 seasons in the NFL.

    We should expect that Joe Webb will continue to play QB, even if he is traded.

    Trading him seems unlikely, since he has not really had much of a chance to play at the NFL level yet. He is an unknown product with a very low salary.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    “Linemen are literally the unsung heroes of the game. Their situation is analogous to the infantry in warfare. They do the hard, bitter fighting for victory.

    As the generals reap the headlines in war, the backs reap the headlines in football. Yet in their hearts, the generals and backs know that victory and the accolades came to them through the work of the footsoldiers and linemen.”
    — Gomer Jones (Bud Wilkinson’s line coach at Oklahoma)

  4. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Even the Vikings administration will sometimes fail to realize the value of a good offensive lineman.

    You would not think this to be true. However the difference between the good teams and the great teams is often the offensive line.

    The Vikings, more than anything else, need to take another offensive lineman in the first or second round of the draft this year. Either that or get a young offensive lineman via free agency.

  5. By Back slap on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Who the h-e-l-l cares? What is there to see in minnesoda, except transplanted rednecks from new orleans and plowed under corn fields. maybe a few wild turkeys roaming around, looking for a place to set and poop on people walking by under the trees. Great fun! Bring the wilfe and kiddies to see the new henhouse.

  6. By liito on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    That would be great, with the new stadium and all. Feel the warmth of the Mid-western folks. Hope they get it.

  7. By Back slap on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    lilto If you want warmth just go inside one of those clip joints in st paul.

  8. By Mike B. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Fred I think you bought into the wrong pony. If Webb continues as a QB, it will be on a team besides the Vikings. If they don’t decide to move him to WR, he will be cut. The writing is on the wall you are not looking to see it. You are right about the QBs not being the best in the League, but you are missing out that they had the largest impact on who won the game. Flacco played a better game and Kap showed his inexperience and cost the game. Back to Webb for a moment you said all these same things about TJack and where is he? Carrying a clipboard in Buffalo. The Childress experiement is done time to accept it.

  9. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Fran Tarkenton says Webb is done at QB. We all know his credentials.

    Every sports analyst to broadcast a Vikings game says Webb is not an NFL calibre QB.

    What are YOUR credentials Fred?

    Does your head hurt much when you pound it into the wall?

  10. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    @Michael B. and of the Northwoods,

    Thank you for the hilarious commentary. When you say that Jones repeats himself, look back at the 3 fingers pointing at you, but it’s the one pointing at the sky that should worry you!!!

    Tarvaris Ja ckson is not done yet. Neither is Webb. Look at your history of NFL QBs and you would be aware that there are a lot of comebacks by QBs.

    Jones maintains that many times it is the TEAMs that are the reason for that.

    (Mike B., please do not refer to the 49ers QB as Kap, it reminds Fred too much of Joe Kapp, and the current 49er QB has not earned that title.)

  11. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    @Mike B,

    I do appreciate your comments.

    But it is the EASY thing to do to back the popular horse. It’s much harder to go against the norm. Yet that is what winners do. Winners do what other people won’t do. They do not have to follow the crowd. The crowd doesn’t win, and winning is not normal. It is exceptional.

    Joe Webb has all the tools to be a FANTASTIC QB. Remember experts are often wrong.

  12. By Spike on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Is it April yet?

  13. By Mike B. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Well Fred not seeing it my friend and I still hold if Webb stays at QB. He will not be a Viking. BTW my support of Ponder has not been the most popular positon let me tell you. Sorry about the Kap thing, I didn’t want to have to look up his name agian to spell it. But your right he hasn’t earned that.

  14. By Immure on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Well, here is one more Viking players that you can add to the offseason surgery list. He should be fine though.

  15. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Jones feels the same way about the Kapper’s last name. Actually fred is just too lazy to look it up. lol

  16. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    Fred said that Joe Webb might not be a Viking next year. But it might be a shame along with the departures of Gannon, and Johnson or yester year!

  17. By Frederick Jones on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    substitute “of” for “or”

  18. By WRHopkins2013 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Trade Percy…

  19. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Yep, that’s about what I thought the reply would be.

    Allegiance is good, but blind allegiance is not good.

  20. By BlueBird7 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Suggest that we all not put the horse in back of the cart.

    I am with Fred on Joe Webb. so many times people want to throw a possible good player off a chiff. Reminds me of Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson.

  21. By BlueBird7 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like another one may be getting the axe. Keep and pay Percy!!!

  22. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    The horse has a broken leg. He is exceptional at running, bounce throws, and missing by a mile.

    Johnson and Gannon were replaced by much more talented players, and they weren’t bad to begin with.

  23. By Vikings1 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    The guys on NFL Live picked Alex Smith and Mike Wallace coming to the Vikings as FA’s, in my opinion it will never happen!

  24. By BlueBird7 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Your last paragraph makes my point, North. You could say the same about Webb.

  25. By BlueBird7 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    “Not bad to begin with” Sounds about right.

  26. By BlueBird7 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply


    I think you are right. Jim will NOT turn Alex Smith out. He needs a nr 2 also.

    BTW, if Harvin is turned loose, I hope SF picks him up. I would sure like to see
    him tear up Frazier and his band of jolly part timers next time they meet.

  27. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    When someone says “bad NFL QB” Webb is the first to come to mind. His arm reminds me more of McNabb in his stint with us than Gannon or Johnson.

  28. By Vikings1 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply


    Exactly, the cost would be too high for either one of them and we cannot afford them since we don’t have a lot to play with under the salary cap.

  29. By Mike B on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Webb is a great athlete that”s obvious, but can he fit in a spot as a NFL player. I think the Vikings have seen enough of him to conclude that he’s not a future QB for the Vikings. The question is do they try him at WR? I read the article on Percy and I am not sure what to think. He’s going to want a contract this season, but how much will he want. I think that’s where the Team decides financially do they keep Percy or not. If the cost is too great he’s gone. It also sounds like Kevin Williams will have to take a pay cut or he’s probably gone also.

  30. By RichardA1 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Have you seen the pict of the stadium they drew up? it is ugly, looks like snake eyes or gator skin, rediculous. Percy contract? it isnt money so whats the beef? it’s got to be he wants out, right? don’t forget, moss was his close buddy here, moss probably rubbed off on him! and he wants out, to get on a superbowl team- so he can shoot off his mouth when its the big game and loose!! Berzerk is the word!

  31. By Northern Norseman on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply


    There has been about 3 different concepts drawn up. (Not counting the handful from the past) Not exactly sure what stadium drawing you speak of. I have a feeling that it’s the one that almost has a ribbon-like design when looking at it from above the stadium.

    Besides these are definitely not final. They are still finalizing the construction group for the project.

    We’ll see the finalized design in about 2-3 months.

    I have a feeling that it will be unique in design but in the end it will be a stellar stadium. Can’t wait.

  32. By Northern Norseman on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    How about the first stadium they show in this video?

    It almost looks like a wooden ship. Ha I always thought how cool it’d be if they model the stadium after Viking vessel.

    Bottom line Im certainly ok with the stadium being built downtown Minneapolis but I really wish also that the Arden Hills site would have went through with all the space that is there.

  33. By Parkway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

  34. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Fred Jones- I can certainly argue that the QBs in the Superbowl were high caliber.

  35. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t tell me what I can and cannot do.

  36. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    I wish they would have some – you know what– and design something really cool– like a stadium in the form of a ship hovering over the Mississippi river– and then use the current stadium site as a huge tailgating lot– then before the game, the horn will sound– and all the fans will cross from the banks of the river on hanging suspension bridges (like you see in the jungle)– all swarming to the ship.

  37. By DRS. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Dispute could delay Vikings stadium

    Jan 28, 2013 at 6:37 am

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings officials and public authorities are at odds over how to squeeze a baseball field into a stadium designed primarily for football.

    The Star Tribune reports the impasse threatens to delay a project already facing tight deadlines. The newspaper says it also appears to be an early test of just how accommodating the Vikings will prove to be.

  38. By DRS. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Baseball Dispute Could Delay Vikings’ Stadium

    Sunday, January 27, 2013 – 7:23pm

    ( The Gophers and other college and prep baseball teams hope to play early-season games in the shelter of the new stadium.

    But the Vikings hope to put seats as close to the field as possible as they wedge a baseball diamond into a gridiron rectangle.

    Baseball coaches say the biggest problem is the plan puts the right field foul line and power alley about 20 feet too close to home plate. )

  39. By Northern Norseman on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Shorter video of the ship looking structure. Just a neat idea is all.

  40. By DRS. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply


  41. By Northern Norseman on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply


    It absolutely drives me crazy also! WE VOTED FOR A FOOTBALL STADIUM!!!

    When I first read that article about a week ago I was very upset.

    I find it so absurd that the Gophers do not play where the St. Paul Saints play. They already have a stadium in place. The Saints want to upgrade their stadium so this would be the perfect opportunity to bring in the Gopher and do a little remodeling that suits the both of them.

    I understand that they need a place to play if the winter is still in place but COME ON!! What a JOKE!

    Gopher baseball go find you own solution….. its with the Saints!!!

    Vikings got their football stadium…. so stay out of it!

  42. By DRS. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Football not Baseball, the Vikings need a pure football stadium, it is time for Vikings to have their own stadium, and not to share it with Base ball.

    SKOL Vikings

  43. By DRS. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Northern Norseman, 100% with you on that my man. No to Baseball. SKOL Vikings

  44. By DRS. on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Good night to one and all.

  45. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply


    Where did this baseball idiocy come from?

  46. By Shawn on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe people have said it and I know Wobs has something on it but Im not against “The Honey Badger” idea.

    Winfield cant play forever

    Cook cant play a full season

    JRob needs to improve and might be best suited as a #3

    Jefferson … really?


    Green Bay


  47. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    hey Shawn– what’s up?

  48. By Shawn on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Was just thinking about adding another corner …

    Whats up with you Runway?

  49. By Tomcat on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Another corner, definitely will be needed.

  50. By Tomcat on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    We will play several teams that like to spread the field with 4-5 receivers.

  51. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    How’s Vegas?

  52. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    We play the Ravens this coming season? That will be an easy W.

  53. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Flacco is arguably the best QB in the AFC right now.

  54. By Runway on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    I dare Fred Jones to argue that one!

  55. By RichardA1 on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Noresman@….I was going by the pict in the st paul pioneer press newspaper today. Yes, some kind of ribbon, this one doesn’t get my vote.

  56. By Flap jack on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    DRS…………If I can’t have my football stadium only, I will just take my ball and go home!!!!!!!!!
    Northern Norseman……….Stadum sure looks nice. now lets fill it with all those hungry children caused by the deversoin of money used to build that thing.

  57. By Flap jack on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Move the team to south dakota. they need something other then cornfields and duck ponds to look at..

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  60. By jo on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply

    NFL reported that Havin wants out because of Ponders limited ability…….
    He knows his talents are wasted until they get a qb that can make the throws.
    Listen to Percy, he sees this guy play daily

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