Every time a new NFL stadium goes up, a city hosts a Super Bowl.
The trend continues, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday that the league's owners have voted for Minnesota to host Super Bowl LII. Minnesota beat out New Orleans and Indianapolis by majority vote.
Minnesota's new stadium has not yet been built, but the $1 billion stadium will seat 65,000 for regular events and is expandable to 73,000 for events such as a Super Bowl. The stadium does not have a name yet, but it is scheduled to be completed before the big game. Half of the project will be publicly funded, so the city of Minneapolis gets a reward for their investment.
According to the Minnesota Vikings' official website, the new stadium will feature the "highest quality HD video boards in the NFL located in both the east and west end zones," as well as "up to 125 suites and 7,500 club seats, including suites and clubs at the field level, some of which will put fans closer to the sideline than in any other NFL stadium."
This is not the first Super Bowl for the city of Minneapolis, which also hosted Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome in 1992.
Minnesota becomes the latest cold-weather city to host a Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVI was hosted in Indianapolis and Super Bowl XLVIII was held in East Rutherford, N.J.
Despite the recent success of those Super Bowls, the gloom and doom of a cold-weather Super Bowl did not take long to suffocate Twitter timelines of NFL reporters across the nation.
Super Bowl LII (2018) has been awarded to ... Minneapolis? ... Over New Orleans and Indy? ... Ummmm ... Yay?— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) May 20, 2014
Good luck finding someone who'd rather go to Minneapolis in February than New Orleans. But new stadiums get a lot of love.— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) May 20, 2014
If Putin builds a stadium in Siberia NFL owners will consider region's Super Bowl bid.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) May 20, 2014
Minneapolis a lot like Indy in that it’s centrally built…lot of indoor walking infrastructure too. Still, cold as a witch’s unmentionables— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) May 20, 2014
Really looking forward to the Minnesota Super Bowl weekend party scene: pic.twitter.com/tlKs9kVLHb— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) May 20, 2014
But at least one media member had some sage words of wisdom:
Don't worry, media complaining about cold Minn weather. Knowing the industry, by the time the game comes we'll all be unemployed anyway!— Tom Mantzouranis (@themantz) May 20, 2014