Vikings get 2018 Super Bowl
Atlanta – New Orleans appeared to be a prohibitive favorite to score its 11th Super Bowl, but NFL owners pulled the upset today and awarded the 2018 game to Minneapolis, which will host the game in its soon-to-be-constructed stadium.
The decision came on the fourth and final ballot.
The Minneapolis multimedia presentation featured video of Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Hall of Fame Vikings head coach Bud Grant. The bid included a pledge from the city of St. Paul to build a new ice castle if the Super Bowl was awarded to Minneapolis.
Minnesota last hosted a Super Bowl in 1992.
New Orleans was hoping for the game as a kickoff to its tricentennial celebration.
After the presentation by the Saints, team owner Tom Benson fell. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and was checked for a concussion. He was cleared and later flew home. Benson, who was using a walker, recently underwent knee surgery.