On Tuesday, the three finalists allowed to bid for the honor were announced and the 52nd edition of football's biggest game will be held in New Orleans, Minneapolis, or Indianapolis. Each city received an official invitation to bid for Super Bowl LII at the NFL Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. after making a pitch to league officials.
New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome is a venue fresh in everyone's mind, as the Saints' home stadium played host back in February (let's hope the power stays on for the whole game if NOLA wins). The city has hosted 10 times so far, good for most all-time along with Miami, and hopes to bring the game back in 2018 to coincide with its tricentennial anniversary.
Representatives with the Miami Dolphins did attempt to bring the Super Bowl back to South Florida for the first time since 2010 but were ultimately passed over. The need for repairs and updates at Sun Life Stadium is reportedly a major reason for the snub.
Minneapolis and Indianapolis have each hosted one time. Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, hosted the Giants and Patriots in 2012 and would be the first cold-weather city to host twice.
"I think we have the unique ability in Indianapolis to really deliver a Super Bowl that gets pulled off in a way that's special," Colts owner Jim Irsay said.
The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, last hosted in 1992 and the organization hopes it can welcome a Super Bowl to its shiny new Vikings Stadium, which is projected to open in time for the 2016 season. Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin sometime this month.
Each candidate city will next present a bid at the league's spring meeting in May. The New York metro area will host for the first time next year when Super Bowl XLVIII heads to MetLife Stadium, home of the Jets and Giants, on Feb. 2.