Goodell: No Twin Cities Super Bowl until at least 2018Published 8:45am Tuesday, October 9, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the earliest the Twin Cities could host a Super Bowl at a new Vikings stadium is 2018 or ‘19, which matches the team’s proposal to host the sport’s championship game.
The Vikings submitted a formal bid for the 2018 game and are scheduled to make a written presentation to owners in fall 2013.
Addressing reporters before the Vikings-Titans game Sunday at the Metrodome, Goodell said a domed stadium in Minneapolis would fit with the league’s commitment to occasionally host Super Bowls in northern climates.
“I understand they’ve indicated an interest in maybe doing it around ‘18 or ‘19. So they’ll get in the rotation,” Goodell said. “We still have a couple years before we consider that, which is probably good because you want to get the stadium up and running.”
The NFL is expected to announce the 2018 site by spring 2014.
Super Bowl XLVII is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans followed by an outdoor game at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in 2014 and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, in 2015.
Minnesota last hosted a Super Bowl at the Metrodome in 1992. There is no guarantee the Twin Cities will be awarded the weeklong fiesta. But Goodell was encouraging during stadium negotiations at the Legislature earlier this year, and the league generally gives priority to communities with new stadiums.
Goodell attended the game in advance of a meeting with Twin Cities business and legislative leaders Monday to thank them for solving the Vikings stadium debate.
“They never lost focus of trying to get it done here in Minneapolis,” Goodell said. “So hat’s off to them.”