Mystic Lake was supposed to be the suburban Super Bowl spot, with a new $90 million luxury hotel and exclusive concerts in pop-up digs that in Houston hosted Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.
Instead, the mostly built venue on the casino’s parking lot was shut down and the concerts, from Gwen Stefani, Florida Georgia Line, the Chainsmokers and Kygo, downsized and prices slashed. Now Mystic Lake is mired in a lawsuit with concert promoter Club Nomadic Entertainment Group over who is to blame.
But the hotel was full.
St. Paul fared much better, with its ice castle in Rice Park and the Super Slide at CHS Field. Xcel Energy Center and RiverCentre hosted popular Super Bowl events.
Hotels were busy, even if that didn’t spill to other businesses such as his, said Jay Johnson, general manager of the Liffey Irish Pub by the Xcel. But Friday and Saturday nights when the Xcel hosted a Wild game and Dave Matthews Band concert, business was good.
Tracy Yungner, of Fridley, and two friends snapped photos with the ice sculptures at Rice Park before hitting Super Bowl Opening Night at Xcel. They wanted to be a part of the excitement, she said.
At CHS Field, the 130-foot Super Slide proved popular, selling 5,355 of the 7,000 available slide tickets, St. Paul Saints General Manager Derek Sharrer said.
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