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Updated: February 7th, 2013 12:36pm
Vikings executive says team aggressively pursuing 2018 Super Bowl

Vikings executive says team aggressively pursuing 2018 Super Bowl

by Judd Zulgad
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A group of Minnesota Vikings executives spent last week in New Orleans attending the Super Bowl and also making their case for getting the game played in their new stadium.

Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, told the team's website that the franchise is aggressively pursuing the 2018 Super Bowl for Minneapolis. The stadium, which will sit on the site where the Metrodome now stands, is scheduled to open in 2016.

"There is significant competition for this event, but with the new stadium opening in 2016, Minnesota is well-positioned as an attractive destination," Bagley said. "We need to better understand the scope of the current-day Super Bowl and its associated events to determine what's necessary to accommodate the additional 100,000 visitors outside of the 73,000 fans who attend the actual game."

The Vikings invited Melvin Tennant, the president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, to attend last week's Super Bowl and meetings in New Orleans. Other cities that are looking to get future Super Bowls include San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston and New Orleans.

The 2018 game is expected to be awarded in May 2014.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reported that Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis and Hunt Construction, of Scottsdale, Ariz., are the finalists to oversee construction of the stadium.

Mortenson built Target Field, Target Center, Xcel Energy Center and TCF Bank Stadium. Hunt has been involved in building several NFL stadiums.

Groundbreaking for the stadium is scheduled to take place in October.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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