NFL owners award 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis

ATLANTA — The NFL’s team owners voted here Tuesday to award Super Bowl LII in 2018 to Minneapolis.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf stands in front of an artist's rendering of the new stadium being built on the site of the old Metrodome. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf stands in front of an artist’s rendering of the new stadium being built on the site of the old Metrodome. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)

The other finalists were New Orleans and Indianapolis. The owners’ vote came during their one-day meeting in Atlanta.

Minneapolis was awarded the game in the fourth round of voting by the owners, when only a majority of the votes was required. Indianapolis was eliminated from consideration in the second round of voting.

The game will be played in the new stadium, reportedly worth about $1 billion, being built for the Minnesota Vikings and scheduled to open in 2016. Minnesota last hosted a Super Bowl in 1992, when the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills.

New Orleans had been regarded by some observers as the favorite. The city has hosted 10 Super Bowls and the 2018 game would have been played there during the city’s 300th anniversary. The last time New Orleans hosted a Super Bowl, in 2013, the Baltimore Ravens’ triumph over the San Francisco 49ers was delayed by more than half an hour because of a power failure at the Superdome.

The next three Super Bowls are to be held in Arizona in 2015, in the San Francisco area in 2016 and in Houston in 2017.

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