Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL announded Tuesday it had awarded 2018 Super Bowl LII to Minneapolis over Indianapolis and New Orleans.
The decision was reached through a secret-ballot vote by NFL owners who chose Minneapolis reportedly because of its new stadium deal.
The $1 billion Minnesota Vikings Stadium is due to be finished in 2016.
Minneapolis follows Dallas, San Francisco, Houston and Arizona as cities that were rewarded Super Bowls in the year of being eligible with a new stadium.
“I know we’ll do a great job and we’ll be proud. Working very hard right now to build a world-class venue,” said Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf
Minneapolis was considered the underdog partly because of its frigid temperatures in the winter,
New Orleans appeared to be the front-runner for the Super Bowl. The city was 10-for-10 in Super Bowl bids, and 2018 marks the tricentennial for the city of New Orleans.
Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012 and received high marks for hosting the event without any major problems but was knocked out of the running on the second ballot.
There wasn’t a supermajority on the third ballot, sending the vote to the fourth ballot.