The Super Bowl LII Tailgate is planned for seven acres of prime space surrounding the new facility. (Photo by Meet Minneapolis)

Even the bid committee was surprised when the National Football League announced May 20 that it awarded Super Bowl LII to Minnesota, which will take place February 2018.

“I think there was a lot of surprise out there that New Orleans wasn’t chosen,” said Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen. New Orleans has wo...

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