The 2018 Super Bowl, or Super Bowl LII, will be hosted in one of three cities – Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans. Over the next two weeks, the three cities will battle it out to decide who gets to host American’s biggest sporting event four years from now.
On May 20, the NFL will vote for which city they want Super Bowl LII to take place at. Until then, the three cities have to make their case before the NFL. All three cities have experience in hosting the game and each have compelling arguments for the NFL to choose them.
Starting off, Indianapolis has hosted the Super Bowl most recently with the 2012 game going off without a hitch. The only real complaint is that there weren’t enough hotels to accommodate all those attending, but the city says it can have two more hotels built in the city before 2018.
Minneapolis argues that it has the benefit of a brand new stadium that will be completed before 2018. It’s easier to attract the Super Bowl to brand new stadiums and Minneapolis is banking on that fact to bring the game to them. After all, it’s been over 20 years since the city has hosted the game and it could use the influx of cash the game brings.
Lastly, New Orleans argues that it should have the game based solely on the fact that it has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city. Since the beginning, New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl 10 times tieing it with Miami. It also wants to tie the game into its tricentennial celebration. The city might be at a disadvantage due to the fact that it hosted the Super Bowl in 2013 and the NFL may not want to give it to the city again so soon.
While we won’t know which city will host Super Bowl LII, we know which cities will host the next three Super Bowls. In 2015, Glendale, Arizona will host the game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. In 2016, the game will be hosted in Santa Clara, California at the Levi’s Stadium. In 2017, the game will be in Houston, Texas at the NGR Stadium.