Super Bowl LII awarded to Minneapolis

The NFL announced Tuesday that the city of Minneapolis will host Super Bowl LII in 2018.

The Super Bowl was last played in Minnesota back in 1992 in the recently-demolished Metrodome. Super Bowl LII will be played in the new Vikings stadium, which is a $1 billion structure that is currently under construction.

“We’re very proud to host Super Bowl LII,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. “It’ll be an exciting time. I know we’ll do a great job and we’ll be proud. Working very hard right now to build a world-class venue.”

New Orleans was believed to be the front-runner to host in 2018, as the city will be celebrating its 300th anniversary. Additionally, New Orleans had never lost a bid for the Super Bowl, winning all 10 of its attempts. Indianapolis was also a contender for Super Bowl LII, but was knocked out after the first round of voting by NFL owners.

The Vikings are scheduled to start playing in their new stadium in 2016 following two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium.