Super Bowl LII: Dateline Minnesota Logo

Blog

Super Bowl LII: Dateline Minnesota

Rochelle Olson updates you on Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Party over: Minnesota turns over the Super Bowl ball to Atlanta

 

Minnesota's 10-day, four-year Super Bowl marathon ended Monday with the ceremonial football being handed to Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

 

In Super Bowl hosting parlance, Atlanta's on the countdown clock to Feb. 3, 2019.

The traditional morning after news conference involved NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Minnesota Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch, Minnesota Vikings owners, Gov. Mark Dayton and the state chairs of the effort.

"We really had fun and I hope you guys saw that," Bausch said to the room of reporters. "The weather performed on cue. This is as bad as it gets and we're still here."

Bausch referred to the 10 days of of fluctating Minnesota weather that initially teased with the freezing point before diving into single digits, creating the coldest Super Bowl day on record.

The CEO, who led a staff of 32, also referenced the 52 weeks of giving that provided grants to communities throughout the states for youth sports and healthy living. "They will have something from this Super Bowl for years to come," she said.

Goodell said to the state, "We're proud of you and we hope you're proud of yourself." 

He called Minnesota and the stadium an "absolutely perfect stage" to showcase the signature event.

Gov. Mark Dayton got knowing laughs when he said, "We promised the Bold North and we delivered."

Then looking toward the four members of the Atlanta delegation to his left said he didn't expect many corporate transfers from Atlanta after Sunday.

He also specifically thanked the 6,000 Minnesota law enforcement and National Guard members who helped with the event as well as the 12,000 volunteers

Then they all headed out looking ready for some long naps.

Just can't get that Super Bowl feeling

Above: Lorenzo Nabors

Lorenzo Nabors arrived into downtown Minneapolis amid the Super Bowl hoopla Sunday.

Meh. He couldn't have cared less.

Once the Vikings lost their chance to go to the Super Bowl, "it was back to regular life,” said the Brooklyn Park man who made his way home Sunday from the Mall of America via a Metro Transit blue line replacement bus to downtown.

He had no plans to watch the Super Bowl. Heck, he didn’t even bother to take in the Super Bowl activities lining Nicollet Mall last week as he passed by nearly everyday.

Still, he’s glad Minnesota landed the mega  event.

“Minnesota is a great state. We need more attention,” Nabors said. “The Super Bowl is a chance to show we’re awesome.”

The inconvenience it sometimes posed for locals was worth it, he said.

He just didn't want to be part of the festivities surrounding the Patriots and Eagles.

“Neither the Patriots or the Eagles have as much heart as the Vikings,” Nabors said. “You have to have heart when you’re a Vikings fan. You have to have hope.”