Vikings place bid with NFL to host 2018 Super Bowl at new stadium
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings aren't wasting any time in trying to get marquee events in their yet-to-be built stadium.
Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, confirmed Thursday that the team has submitted a bid for either the 2018, '19 or '20 Super Bowl with the preference being the 2018 game.
That would be two years after what is expected to be the Vikings' first season in the stadium that will occupy much of the same footprint as where the Metrodome now stands in Minneapolis. Approval for funding for the stadium came from the Legislature in May.
The NFL now requires teams that are interested in playing host to a Super Bowl to submit bids in a five-year window. The window in this case is for 2016 through 2020.
The deadline for the Vikings' bid to be placed was Aug. 31, and it's expected the 2018 game will be awarded at the NFL's spring meetings in 2014. The Vikings played host to the Super Bowl in January of 1992 at the Metrodome.
The NFL's policy is to award Super Bowls to either warm-weather cities or cities that have resolved stadium issues. That is how Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium ended up as the site of last season's game.
Bagley said the Vikings considered pursuing the 2017 Super Bowl but decided against trying to get the game in only the stadium's second season.
The NFL now requires teams that want to play host to a Super Bowl to book a "major event" into their venue to serve as a dry run for how things will operate. This could be something like a country concert, such as the Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney show at Target Field this summer, or an international soccer match.
There has been no determination made on what type of major event would be pursued before the Super Bowl.
Bagley acknowledged placing the bid is simply a first step in the process and that the next step will be to get together with the new Stadium Authority and civic leaders in Minneapolis to start work on assembling a Super Bowl committee.
"We're determined to bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota," Bagley said.
While the NFL has encouraged the Vikings to bid on the game, getting a Super Bowl is subject to a vote by ownership and the league has made no guarantees when it comes to awarding its marquee event to cold-weather cities.
This season's Super Bowl will be played in New Orleans. The 2014 game will be played outside at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and the 2015 game will be hosted by the Arizona Cardinals at their stadium.
The Vikings' new stadium is expected to have some type of retractable element but will definitely have a roof on it, whether that be fixed or retractable.