After meeting with NFL officials at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, Vikings executives came home firmly intent on landing the 2018 Super Bowl for their new stadium, which is to open in 2016 in downtown Minneapolis, Charlie Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.
The only time Minnesota has hosted a Super Bowl was in 1992 at the Metrodome, where Washington defeated Buffalo 37-24.
“We started to do some homework on our bid,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said Tuesday, Feb. 6.
The Vikings already have applied to the 2018, 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl. They are pushing hard for 2018. In New Orleans, they were briefed on the second round of the application and formal presentation processes.
Competition for the 2018 extravaganza is expected to come from New Orleans because that year will be the city’s 300th anniversary. But, Bagley said, the NFL looks favorably on communities that have resolved stadium issues, such as Minnesota.
While in New Orleans, Bagley spoke with senior NFL officials, including Commissioner Roger Goodell’s executive VP for business operations, Eric Grubman, about hosting a Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
“No one could guarantee it, but they were very encouraging about Minneapolis getting a Super Bowl,” he said. “We feel good about it, and we feel good about the feedback from the league. We’ve got to put together a strong bid and a strong host committee.”