NFL franchises build new stadiums after older facilities run their course. Once they are built, league owners take notice to these brand new stadiums and they open the voting for upcoming Super Bowl games to be played in those venues. Just recently, a selection process for Super Bowl LII took place.
After the four rounds of voting concluded, Vikings Stadium was selected as the site for the 2018 Super Bowl. The venue received more votes than any other stadium, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the official announcement on May 20.
Currently under construction, the Minnesota franchise plans on completing the stadium before the 2016 regular season starts. Overall, $1 billion will be spent in the construction of Vikings Stadium, including $498 million in public money. The stadium capacity will be 65,400 fans, but it will expand to 72,000 for the Super Bowl.
When game day finally arrives, it will mark the first time in 26 years that Minnesota will host a Super Bowl. Super Bowl XXVI was the last big game to take place in the “Land of the Great Lakes.” During that encounter, the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills in the Metrodome, 37-24. That was the last time Washington won a Super Bowl.