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Davis insisted that private money will be raised for snow removal, security and heated tents, among other things, to make sure the Super Bowl is a “net positive” in tax revenue.
St. Paul gears up
St. Paul is already starting to buzz about the Winter Carnival ice palace.
“There’s a lot of excitement and enthusiasm around it,” said Rosanne Bump, president and CEO of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which runs the Winter Carnival. “Obviously, there’s a lot of things that need to be done between now and an ice palace, but we can see the big-picture benefits of being involved in this.”
Mayor Chris Coleman said other St. Paul offerings could include a program at the Palace Theater, which recently won $5 million in state bonding for renovations, and a concert at the Xcel Energy Center.
“The key to an event like this is, obviously, you get a chance to showcase your community, but we’re not going to pretend like winter doesn’t exist,” Coleman said.
St. Paul will be careful to coordinate its plans with Minneapolis and the NFL, he said, adding, “I’m not going to do anything to try to steal thunder.”
Another big question
The 2018 extravaganza is “going to make a lot of people a lot of money in Minnesota,” Dayton said.
The governor added that he’d love to see the Vikings playing a home-field Super Bowl. Mark Wilf responded with a smile and a thumbs-up before the governor added, “You can start sooner than that.”
Staff writer Kevin Duchschere contributed to this report. @rochelleolson • 612-673-1747