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Super Bowl 52

Super Bowl 52 will put Minneapolis on a world stage and spotlight all of the city’s outstanding amenities. The City will focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming experience and something that the residents and businesses in all 13 wards, as well as visitors, can enjoy. Minneapolis is a world-class city, and we are working hard to execute a world-class event.

What is the City's role?

  • The City’s role is vital to ensuring the public safety, infrastructure and communications necessary to execute the Super Bowl, both the game itself and the 10 days of events and festivities leading up to the big game. This includes 311, 911, business licensing, communications, convention center, emergency management, fire, law enforcement, public information, public works and traffic control.
  • Minneapolis is part of a large coalition with local, state, regional and federal partners working collaboratively to make Super Bowl 52 a fun, safe and successful event.
  • Minneapolis is also coordinating with regional partners on security. The City will rely on partners at local, state and federal levels to have the number of law enforcement officials needed.
  • Visitors should feel safe while they are here for the Super Bowl. The City plans to have officers on hand throughout the 10 days of events and visible at all Super Bowl events.
  • The City will be principally focused on public safety and communicating to residents, visitors and businesses about traffic impacts, weather information and more during the 10 days of festivities.
  • Super Bowl 52 has presented the opportunity to work collaboratively with our community to showcase the city and our metro region.

How is the City preparing?

  • City leaders are working diligently to coordinate and prepare for an event of this magnitude. They are talking to and meeting with their counterparts from other cities that have recently hosted the Super Bowl to discuss best practices. This includes the 2016 host city of Santa Clara and San Francisco and the 2017 host city of Houston.

How can residents enjoy the game even if they aren't going to the game?

  • There will be many opportunities for City residents to enjoy the excitement generated by the Super Bowl even if they don’t have a ticket to the game. The 10-day festival will have a range of events in the city and across the region for people to enjoy, including many family-friendly events.
  • The Super Bowl Host Committee has a lot of information about upcoming events. Festivities start in February 2017 and will continue through the year. During the days leading up to the big game in 2018, there will be events for people to enjoy all over the metro area.

Has Minneapolis hosted an event of this scale?

  • Minneapolis hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 at the Metrodome.
  • The Republican National Convention was held in Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2008.
  • The MLB All-Star Game was held in Minneapolis at Target Field in 2014.
  • The annual Twin Cities Marathon begins in Minneapolis, attracting tens of thousands of runners and spectators.
  • The City will host other high-profile events:
    • Minneapolis will host the summer X Games July 13-16, 2017 and July 19-22, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium and The Commons Park.
    • The NCAA Men’s Final Four will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019.

What security precautions is the City taking?

  • The Super Bowl in 2018 is expected to bring more than a million people from 130 countries into attendance at events over a 10-day period, including approximately 5,000 members of the media. The City's highest priority is to keep visitors and residents safe during the 10 days of events.
  • To prepare, City leaders are discussing security concerns with their counterparts from other cities that have hosted the Super Bowl. This includes Super Bowl 50’s host cities of Santa Clara and San Francisco, and Super Bowl 51’s host, Houston. This information helps us understand and see first-hand how law enforcement officials handle public safety before, during and after events so that we are ready.
  • We will rely on partners at local, state and federal levels to have the number of law enforcement officials we need.
  • Residents and visitors should feel safe while they are here for the Super Bowl. We plan to have officers on hand throughout the 10 days of events and be visible at all Super Bowl events the City will host.
  • The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police and Fire departments have strong partnerships with other public safety agencies in the Twin Cities. This allows for a strong coalition of expertise and resources to ensure safety for all those attending.

How is the City of Minneapolis preparing for the influx of people coming in 2018?

  • The City has learned a lot from having other big events come to town, such as the All Star Game and RNC-related festivities and will apply those learnings to hosting the Super Bowl. City leaders are also learning from officials in Cities that have hosted the Super Bowl and other large-scale events in Houston and Santa Clara.

What is the estimated attendance, and how many hotel rooms does Minneapolis have?

  • Super Bowl 52 is expected to draw 125,000 visitors to the Twin Cities region, and 1 million visits are anticipated to attend the game and Super Bowl festivities.
  • Currently there are more than 8,000 total hotel rooms in Minneapolis.

What does the City know about the 10-day festival leading up to the game?

  • There are a lot of details still to be determined for the Super Bowl festivities leading up to the game. The Host Committee will announce these plans as they are confirmed. There will be several events for residents and visitors to enjoy even if they don’t have tickets for the game.

How is the City preparing for the traffic flow and what have they learned from events at U.S. Bank Stadium already?

  • City traffic management officials have experience with other large scale events and will be getting behind-the-scenes perspective from Houston officials for the upcoming Super Bowl.
  • The City will use several communication channels to reach out to residents, visitors and businesses to keep everyone in the loop about traffic conditions, detours, etc. during the 10 days of Super Bowl festivities.
  • Throughout 2016 and 2017, public safety and traffic engineering staff have evaluated and adjusted plans as necessary following every event (NFL and non-NFL) held at U.S. Bank Stadium.

How to I get involved?

  • The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee estimates as many as 10,000 volunteers will be needed for the Super Bowl events leading up to the game. Find out more about volunteering from the Host Committee. Want to get your business involved? Businesses can sign up for Business Connect, a program of the NFL's Super Bowl and special event supplier diversity initiative, to compete for contracting opportunities generated by Super Bowl 52. Learn more about Business Connect.


Last updated Mar 4, 2017



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