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Super Bowl LII, the 52nd Super Bowl and the 48th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2017 NFL season. The game is scheduled to be held on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[2] the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. The game will be televised in the United States by NBC. It will be the sixth Super Bowl in a cold weather city.[3]

Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl LII logo.png
Date February 4, 2018
Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ceremonies
Halftime show Justin Timberlake[1]
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Al Michaels (play-by-play)
Cris Collinsworth (analyst)
Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox (sideline reporters)
Radio in the United States
Network Westwood One
Announcers Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Boomer Esiason (analyst)

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BackgroundEdit

Host-selection processEdit

 
The U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Super Bowl LII will be held.

On October 8, 2013, the league announced the following three host finalists:[4][5][6]

Minneapolis was selected as the game's site at the league owners' meeting in Atlanta on May 20, 2014.[11]

Pre-game notesEdit

OperationsEdit

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, will host media day events and press conferences. More than 5,000 media members are expected to come to the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl. For coordination of the game and 10 days of events, the National Football League will temporarily operate an events office within the Minnesota Vikings office building next to U.S. Bank Stadium.[12]

Admission tickets to the game and related events, as well as parking, received state tax exemptions.[13]

More than one million visitors are expected to attend events associated with the Super Bowl over ten days.[14] In addition to the game at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL will present the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center.[15][12]

Associated eventsEdit

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee will present Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.[15] Other events will be held at the Mall of America, Saint Paul's RiverCentre,[3] the Minnesota Vikings' Winter Park location in Eden Prairie, and the University of Minnesota.[16] "Taste of the NFL" is a fundraiser for food banks and will be held in Saint Paul.[17]

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival will take place leading up to, during and after the Super Bowl.[18] Carnival organizers announced,[19] then cancelled,[20] plans to build a large ice palace to coincide with the Super Bowl festivities, as with Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.[21] Events in Saint Paul will also include an extreme sports demonstration, a "giant slide", and a block party. Officials in the capital city hope to attract Minneapolis Super Bowl visitors.[22]

Sportscaster ESPN will broadcast from the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.[23] Jimmy Fallon will host The Tonight Show live from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018.[24]

The Minneapolis Armory will host a series of concerts close to U.S. Bank Stadium,[25] and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's Mystic Lake Casino will host a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) traveling nightclub.[26]

EntertainmentEdit

Halftime showEdit

Justin Timberlake will be headlining the Super Bowl LII halftime show.[27] Timberlake performed in two previous Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 with NSYNC, and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 with Janet Jackson.[28][29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Justin Timberlake set for SB LII halftime show". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Super Bowl LII". U.S. Bank Stadium. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Olson, Rochelle (October 10, 2017). "NFL Super Bowl executives swarm Twin Cities to work out most 'complex' event in league history". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "New Orleans, Minneapolis, Indy finalists for Super Bowl LII". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Three bid cities tabbed finalists to host Super Bowl LII". National Football League. October 8, 2013. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday that the three bid cities for the game are Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and New Orleans, according to sources involved with the process. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the news during his Tuesday news conference 
  6. ^ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on future Super Bowls, expanding postseason. National Football League. October 8, 2013. Event occurs at 1:05. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. We will have three cities competing for Super Bowl LII: New Orleans, Minneapolis and Indianapolis 
  7. ^ "Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots - February 5th, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Super Bowls in New Orleans: All 10 of them!". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  10. ^ "New Orleans Tricentennial - The 300th Anniversary". NOLA 2018. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  11. ^ Wells, Mike. "Minneapolis awarded Super Bowl in 2018". ESPN. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Hartman, Sid (September 8, 2017). "Hartman: Twin Cities setting stage for Super Bowl LII in grand fashion". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Super Bowl". Minnesota Department of Revenue. Retrieved September 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Minnesota Super Bowl". City of Minneapolis. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Olson, Rochelle (November 10, 2017). "Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee raises $50 million, plans street closures". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  16. ^ Olson, Rochelle (November 8, 2017). "For Super Bowl, Minneapolis can expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  17. ^ Olson, Rochelle (August 30, 2017). "Super Bowl tickets available Friday - for Taste of the NFL event". Retrieved September 28, 2017. 
  18. ^ Olson, Rochelle (August 8, 2017). "St. Paul Winter Carnival considering an ice palace for 2018 at the State Capitol". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  19. ^ Melo, Frederick (May 24, 2014). "St. Paul hopes to cash in on Super Bowl with palace-sized plans". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Archived from the original on October 13, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016. 
  20. ^ Johnson, Olivia; Woltman, Nick (October 11, 2017). "Haunted by 1992, St. Paul Winter Carnival cancels Super Bowl ice palace". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ McCardle, Ellery (February 6, 2017). "SB52: Ice palace returning to St. Paul's Winter Carnival". KARE-TV. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ Van Berkel, Jessie (August 23, 2017). "St. Paul has big plans to capitalize on Super Bowl tourism". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  23. ^ Olson, Rochelle (November 7, 2017). "ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved November 7, 2017. 
  24. ^ Justin, Neal (November 15, 2017). "Jimmy Fallon to host 'Tonight Show' live from Minneapolis after Super Bowl". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  25. ^ Norfleet, Nicole (July 28, 2017). "Remodeled Minneapolis Armory to host days-long entertainment during Super Bowl". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  26. ^ Walsh, Paul (September 19, 2017). "Massive traveling nightclub with expected big acts coming to Mystic Lake for Super Bowl". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Justin Timberlake headlines Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show". National Football League. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  28. ^ Rollins, Khadrice (October 22, 2017). "Justin Timberlake performing at Super Bowl LII halftime". SI.com. 
  29. ^ "It's Official: Justin Timberlake to Headline Super Bowl Halftime". Variety. October 22, 2017. 

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