ATLANTA, Ga. – Minneapolis was awarded Super Bowl LII in 2018, continuing the practice of awarding Super Bowls to cities that build new stadiums and dealing a stunning blow to New Orleans.
The city of New Orleans was widely expected to be awarded the game, having hosted 10 Super Bowl games before and tying in its bid to the city’s tricentennial the same year. Minneapolis staked its bid on the building of a billion-dollar, state-of-the-art stadium.
"All three bids were oustanding," Goodell said of bids by N.O., Minneapolis and Indianapolis. "I think a distinguishing factor was the stadium project and the effort to bring that to completion."
"Winning is exhilirating, losing is hell," said New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin.
The New Orleans contingent said that the massive amount of public money being put into the stadium in Minneapolis was too much to overcome. They added that New Orleans would bid again as soon as there is another chance.
“Congratulations to Minneapolis on their accomplishment," said Jay Cicero, the CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. "While we are disappointed in today’s decision, we are very proud of the presentation and work that went into our bid and putting our city in the best possible position to win. New Orleans’ reputation as a Super Bowl host is second to none, and we know there will be future opportunities to showcase our city’s unique culture, spirit and love of major events to the NFL."
Minneapolis will be perhaps the coldest weather city that could be awarded the game, but, unlike New Jersey in 2014, it will have a roof for comfort. Minneapolis hosted the game in 1992.
Indianapolis was eliminated first in the voting process.