Three cities are vying for the right to host the 2018 Super Bowl. But only one city, Minnesota, is touting a brand-new, futuristic $1 billion dollar indoor stadium with hopes of enticing NFL owners to vote their way in two weeks.
As previously reported by Inquistr, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Minnesota have each submitted their bids to host the most watched event in the world in 2018.
Some of the highlights of Minnesota's proposal includes a brand new indoor stadium that stands atop the old Metrodome location. Additionally, local businesses have all pitched in to see the Super Bowl make it to Minneapolis. According to CBS Minnesota:
"Richard Davis, a co-chairman of the committee, said the corporate community raised 75 percent of the contributions for the bid in the first seven days of fundraising efforts." The article also reported that "nearly 20,000 hotel rooms have already been secured" for the 2018 Super Bowl bid.
Aside from the new stadium, Minnesota also plans on incorporating several key events taking place at that time, including the St. Paul Winter Carnival and even the Winter Olympics. Davis told reporters, as quoted by the WTHITV-10, what their plans to entice the 2018 Super Bowl committee will be:
"We're going to celebrate winter. And we should, because we do it well — better than anyone. We're going to talk to the owners about how it's about time that the NFL brought America's game around the country, like a caravan, and started taking it out from the southern states and bring it around to the rest of the world. We should be the first."New Orleans, meanwhile, is also touting major local events into their proposals. One highlight from their bid is that the 2018 Super Bowl would help jump start the city's 300th anniversary celebration. They've also touted their experience, having hosted 13 Super Bowls - tied for most along with Miami.
Finally, Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay is taking a different approach to help land the 2018 Super Bowl. While Indianapolis hosted a widely praised Super Bowl in 2012, according to the USA Today, "the major complaint was a lack of downtown hotel rooms." Irsay and the Colts have remedied that, by beginning construction on two additional downtown hotels that be completed in time for the game. Indianapolis also promised, "to expand the Super Bowl Village, which originated in Indy and is now a requirement in all bid packages."
Minnesota, Indianapolis and New Orleans will make their presentations to NFL team owners in two weeks to try and land the 2018 Super Bowl.