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Over the past three decades, the Metrodome has played host to two World Series, two NCAA men’s basketball Final Fours and a Major League Baseball All-Star game. In 2008, the city of St. Paul hosted the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center.
Rybak said Tuesday that he envisions the new stadium being a comparable attraction for major sporting events and national conventions.
“We want this building to get us to the first tier of major national and global events,” he said.
Groundbreaking on the stadium is scheduled for mid-November.
“It’s designed to host a Super Bowl,” Bagley said of the stadium, designed by HKS Inc., which also drew up the design for stadiums in Indianapolis and Dallas, which have hosted recent Super Bowls. “It’s designed to provide a superior gameday experience for fans with seats and premium spaces that are among the closest to the action in the NFL.”
If Minneapolis were awarded the 2018 Super Bowl, it wouldn’t be the first city to get the game before the playing site was built.
Earlier this year, league owners voted to play the 2016 Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., site of the still-unfinished home of the San Francisco 49ers.
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