Super Bowl notice goes out to media
- Blog Post by: Rochelle Olson
- May 12, 2014 - 6:04 PM
Eight members of the Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee will make the trip to Atlanta next week for the NFL owners' vote on the location of the 2018 game.
Minneapolis, New Orleans and Indianapolis are the three finalists making presentations to the 32 owners at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead on Tuesday, May 19. The vote is taking place during the NFL Spring League Meetings.
Those listed as attending the event include Mark and Zygi Wilf, the team's owners, as well as Lester Bagley, the team's vice president for public affairs.
Also from the committee on the trip: Marilyn Carlson Nelson of Carlson Companies, Richard Davis, president of U.S. Bank, Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Michael Langley, chief executive officer of Greater MSP and Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, the city's convention bureau.
Notably absent is Ecolab's Doug Baker. He is a committee chairman, but apparently had a prior commitment and won't make the trip.
Word is the NFL allows five people in the room for the sales pitch, but only two people are allowed to speak. No one has said who will speak for Minnesota.
Members of the Minnesota panel will speak to the media Monday night after their one-hour rehearsal session that is set to occur between 5-8 p.m. eastern time. The NFL hasn't yet told Minneapolis when it will have the room.
The vote on the city occurs Tuesday afternoon. Reporters won't be allowed in the room for the vote, but will be able to watch - with the rest of the world - via live feed on the NFL Network.
Committee members say they're going to meet with the media after the vote - "regardless of vote outcome."
The Ritz-Carlton is at 3434 Peachtree Road NE in Atlanta's swank Buckhead area.
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