Summer is on the horizon but yesterday it was all about the Super Bowl for NFL fans in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to an ESPN report on May 20, the city of Minneapolis pulled off what is being called an "upset" over the city of New Orleans as the Twin Cities beat out The Big Easy in the bidding war Tuesday afternoon to be the host of Super Bowl 2018.
The voting did make history for New Orleans, but not the kind they wanted. This is the first time in 11 tries that the city of New Orleans was beat out in the finals of a Super Bowl vote. Vikings fans are thrilled with the decision, and so is their owner Zygi Wilf. The last time Minneapolis hosted the big game was in 1992 when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.
"We're very proud to host Super Bowl LII," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. "It'll be an exciting time. I know we'll do a great job and we'll be proud. Working very hard right now to build a world-class venue." "I saw our Super Bowl committee in the green room on TV, and the way they jumped for joy is the way I felt inside."
Many fans and media were upset when the city of New York was chosen to host last year's Super Bowl, but for being the first modern day outdoor title game things went off without a hitch. The weather turned out nice for early February and wasn't an issue at all at game time. When the Vikings host the big game in 2018 the weather forecast won't be an issue as their new state of the art stadium will be a comfortable 72 degrees at kickoff.
In case you are wondering where the next four Super Bowls are being held, here is all you need to know! Arizona will host the upcoming 2015 title game on Feb. 1. The 2016 Super Bowl will be held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California - the new home for the San Francisco 49ers.
The big game returns to Houston's Reliant Stadium for the first time since Feb. 1, 2004 when the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29. Some fans may remember that game for another reason though - the controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson set the FCC on high alert with the infamous wardrobe malfunction!
Last but not least is of course Minnesota winning the 2018 bid late yesterday afternoon. Yes, it may be the beginning of summer, but for NFL fans it is always a good time to talk football.