In a move that should surprise absolutely nobody, Governor Mark Dayton has just announced a campaign that would put Super Bowl LII (that's 52 to those of you that don't speak Roman) in the great state of Minnesota. Super Bowl LII is scheduled to take place on February 4, 2018 following the 2017 NFL season.
Dayton has appointed three local business leaders to form a committee to front the effort to bring the big game to Minnesota. Landing the Super Bowl would create a lot of notoriety for the Twin Cities area but of course the main motivation is economic. Super Bowls can generate an economic impact in the hundreds of millions of dollars for the host city. Governor Dayton explained that "Hosting the Super Bowl would bring enormous economic benefits to many Minnesota businesses, as well as provide a terrific opportunity to again showcase Minnesota to the world."
Back in October the NFL announced that Minneapolis was one of the three finalists to host the 2018 Super Bowl along with Indianapolis and New Orleans. For the past several years, the unwritten status quo in the NFL has been "build a new stadium, get a Super Bowl". Indianapolis, Dallas, and New
Jersey York have all been awarded recent Super Bowls within a couple of years of their new stadiums opening. Minnesota shouldn't be any different--even if it's approximately -724° like it currently is in this arctic wasteland that I call home, the game will be played in the comfortable confines of the new indoor stadium. Personally I'll be surprised if Minnesota doesn't get the 2018 Super Bowl.
What do you think the chances are for the Lombardi Trophy being hoisted in the Twin Cities in four years? Feel free to share in the comments below. (You can feel free to get the obvious "hosting the Super Bowl is the only way the Lombardi Trophy will be hoisted in Minnesota" joke out of the way as well.)