The NFL selected Sunday Feb. 4 as the date for the 2018 Super Bowl at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota was selected as the site of the game by NFL owners in 2014, but the league hadn’t officially identified the date until Wednesday.

The date isn’t a big surprise to anyone, but now the official countdown begins.

Planning for the game with the “Bold North” theme has been accelerating for more than a year. Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch used the announcement as an opportunity to encourage involvement.

“We want all of Minnesota to be involved — whether you open your business to visitors, volunteer or bring your family to join in the festivities,” she said.

Several host committee members attended the 50th Super Bowl in the San Francisco area in February. Planners are expected to make scouting trips to Houston, where the 2017 game will be held, in the coming months.

About 100 members of the Minnesota Host Committee will also travel to Houston for the game. Minnesotans are expected to throw a party in the days leading up to the Houston game.

U.S. Bank Stadium is in the final weeks of construction. Crews started laying down large green strips of the artificial turf Tuesday.

A ribbon cutting is planned July 22 with public open houses on July 23-24. The first event is Aug. 3.