The Super Bowl is coming to Minneapolis in 2018, and will be played in the Vikings' new $975 million stadium, scheduled to be completed in 2016.
The NFL selected Minneapolis to be the host city over Indianapolis and New Orleans, but before the league awarded the Super Bowl, it made a lengthy list of demands. The Minnesota Star Tribune shared the 154-page document made by the NFL listing the requirements for hosting the sport's biggest event.
Many of the requirements are unsurprising. The host stadium must have a minimum capacity of 70,000 for the event, the playing surface must be replaced if deemed to be sub-par, and the field lighting must meet a certain luminance threshold (the Super Bowl XLVII blackout being the exception). The further you get in the document, though, the demands start to get a little ridiculous.
The NFL demanded "two top-quality bowling venues" and "three top-quality 18-hole golf courses" to be reserved for league use, at no cost to the NFL. The league also wants 20 color pages of free advertising space in daily newspapers, free radio ads, and for the hotels that will house the teams to advertise the NFL Network for a full year prior to the game.
Super Bowl LLI will be the first Super Bowl held in Minneapolis since Super Bowl XXVI (Redskins over Bills) in 1992.