Okay, maybe we pulled a little April Fool's Day prank earlier today with the Brett Favre story, but we're on the up and up on this one. According to multiple reports, the Vikings and the state of Minnesota have officially submitted their bid to be the host for Super Bowl LII in 2018.
If successful, it will be the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, and the first since 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI.
Although there's no guarantee the bid will be accepted, having a new stadium helps, because this wouldn't be worth the paper it was written on if the host venue was going to be the Metrodome. If Super Bowl LII is held in Minnesota the amount of people that will travel to see and report on the game could exceed 100,000 folks, and the area could see an economic impact north of $600 million.
In the plan, details including hotels, different venues to host Super Bowl events spread out between Bloomington, Minneapolis, and St. Paul (what, Richfield isn't good enough?), and practice facilities for the two teams were included. A bipartisan letter of support from Governor Mark Dayton and Democratic and Republican leaders from the State House of Representatives and the State Senate was also included.
Hopefully, with the new stadium as the backdrop, this is just the first of multiple Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, Big Ten football championship games, and other world class sporting events. Either way, none of this would even be discussed right now if it wasn't for the new stadium, so maybe, juuuuust maybe, this wasn't such a bad idea after all.