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Minneapolis wins bid to host Super Bowl LII
Even though their stadium doesn't open for another two years, the Minnesota Vikings and the city of Minneapolis have secured the bid to host Super Bowl LII (52).
In a bit of an upset, NFL owners awarded Minneapolis the 2018 game over New Orleans after four rounds of voting at Tuesday's Spring League Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The final ballot marked the first time New Orleans had made a bid to host the Super Bowl and lost (10-of-11). Indianapolis finished third in the voting process.
It will be the second Super Bowl for Minnesota, who hosted Super Bowl XXVI at the recently demolished Metrodome in 1992, when former Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien led his Washington Redskins to a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills (Go Cougs).
The Vikings are scheduled to play the next two seasons at University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium before moving into their new digs in the fall of 2016, which should allow ample time to work through any unforeseen complications ahead of 2018's big game.
The next two Super Bowls are set to be played at the home of the Seahawks' closest rivals. Super Bowl XLIX (49) will take place at the Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. and the San Francisco 49ers will host Super Bowl L (50) at the nearly-completed Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The 2017 game - Super Bowl LI (51) - will be played at Reliant Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans.