In what could be the first showdown with city officials leading up to the Super Bowl, a dozen community activists gathered outside Minneapolis City Hall on Friday to demand action on police violence and other concerns they believe are being “swept under the rug” during the buildup to the game.
“It’s not right to whitewash Minnesota for all of those rich out-of-town visitors with their $4,000 tickets,” while ignoring the needs of the area’s homeless and working poor, said Loretta VanPelt, an organizer with Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar. Read More
A member of the Metropolitan Council expressed concern Thursday regarding a decision to restrict light rail service on Super Bowl Sunday to just game ticket holders with a special Metro Transit pass.
Gary Cunningham, who has served on the regional planning body since 2011, wrote on Facebook that the “decision on how our public transit system would be used was not publicly vetted and agreed to” by the regional planning body. Read More
Metro Transit on Wednesday said it will offer free rides for Blue and Green Line passengers who will be put on replacement buses on Super Bowl Sunday as portions of both light-rail lines will be restricted exclusively for fans heading to the game.
The announcement came after scores of riders raised concerns about the plan to use the Blue Line to shuttle fans with tickets and a $30 light-rail “game-day pass” between Mall of America and U.S. Bank Stadium. Trains will not stop between the mall and the stadium. Read More
Caribou Coffee revealed its "Bold North" blend Thursday that will be served to 10,000 frigid volunteers, and sold in the company's Minnesota stores, leading up to the Super Bowl in February. Read More
Dozens of people who use a homeless shelter near U.S. Bank Stadium will be moved to a new, temporary facility during Super Bowl week because of security concerns.
In a deal struck with churches and social service agencies, up to 60 people who normally would spend the night at First Covenant Church in downtown Minneapolis will be relocated six blocks away to a makeshift shelter at St. Olaf Catholic Church. The transition will occur the Thursday before the 2018 game and last through Super Bowl Sunday. Read More
If you’re headed to worship, work or play on Super Bowl Sunday, don’t count on taking a light-rail train to get there.
Blue Line trains between Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted to those with tickets to the game at U.S. Bank Stadium and a $30 light-rail “game-day pass.” Read More
“We are going to the Super Bowl!” crowed “Tonight Show” star Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night.
Fallon will present a live telecast Sunday, Feb. 4 from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, just a few blocks away from the home of the Big Game. Read More
Seeking to quash concerns about Super Bowl traffic jams, event organizers presented their plans for road closures and transit adjustments on Monday, more than two months before the game.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Metro Transit and the city of Minneapolis released the “Know Before You Go” trove of road closings, increased transit options, parking spaces and traffic routes available online at mnsuperbowl.com/transportation. Read More
Most of the 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl LII joyfully raised their thundersticks and new “Bold North” purple mittens at a pep rally-orientation Sunday for the first collective jolt of excitement they’re expected to provide to visitors during the 10-day event.
The vast majority of the volunteers showed up to the 4 p.m. event at Xcel Energy Center in their Minnesota Vikings purple jerseys, fresh from watching the hometown team’s road win in Washington, D.C. Read More
He walked into the old Minneapolis Armory when it still had holes in the roof and “pigeon crap everywhere” and thought it the perfect place to host some of his pre-eminent, high-dollar Super Bowl parties. He drove a half-hour out of Minneapolis to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, looked at a parking lot and decided it would make a great location for more “white-glove” VIP events around the big game.
Jack Murphy followed similar audacious hunches to reshape the party scene around recent Super Bowls in Houston and San Francisco, where he brought big-name performers Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and the Dave Matthews Band to “pop-up venues” with partners such as DirecTV and Pepsi. Read More
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee has already raised $50 million three months before the game.
At his shiny new bar across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, Erik Forsberg has been hoping for a windfall from Super Bowl LII.
He invested heavily to convert the aged former Hubert’s bar into Erik the Red, which opened soon after the new $1.1 billion stadium last year. For the Vikings’ season, Forsberg puts up a tent on the parking lot to accommodate gameday crowds. He’s busy then, but events leading up to Feb. 4, 2018, were to be the big payoff. Read More
One can only imagine what Mr. Grant would have to say about Randy Moss walking in the footsteps of seminal television star Mary Tyler Moore.
The retired Vikings wide receiver will do just that in the days leading up to Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Read More
There will be no Super Bowl edition St. Paul Winter Carnival ice palace rising this winter on Harriet Island. But fans of frozen castles need not be dismayed. For the second year in a row, downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park will be home to a giant, LED-illuminated, icicle-shrouded ice castle.
The folks running Utah-based Ice Castles LLC certainly wouldn’t mind adding Super Bowl fans to their tens of thousands of anticipated visitors. Read More
The public overseers of U.S. Bank Stadium and a key legislative panel agreed Wednesday on the need for greater control of management and security contracts in the 15-month-old building.
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chairman Mike Vekich and Executive Director Rick Evans said they’re working on enhanced accountability over third-party operators, notably the building’s security providers who were hired by SMG, the building’s operator. Read More
Last week the Super Bowl Host Committee inadvertently recommended an area “gentleman’s club” — a strip club — on a list of suggested minority- and women-owned enterprises through their NFL Business Connect program. And the nation snickered.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal first caught the free endorsement of the topless joint by the committee, which was apparently unaware that Kladek Inc., owned by Debra Kalsbeck, was a strip club. In fact, a public relations specialist for the Super Bowl seemed quite taken aback by the news. Read More
The 2018 Super Bowl is still four months away, but Fred Yekaldo’s loft-style condo is just two short blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, so he’s already hired a broker to help find someone to rent it.
On Monday, his brick-and-timber condo will hit the market for $10,000 a night for the week before the Feb. 4 game. “If someone wants to paint the walls purple, we’ll negotiate the price,” Yekaldo said. “But if I only rent it for one day and make $5,000, I’ll consider that a windfall.” Read More
The Super Bowl Host Committee began making good on delivering big-time fun Friday as their producers of free concerts on Nicollet Mall, pop hitmakers Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis, promised a heavily Minnesota-themed lineup — which to them could include NFL outcast Janet Jackson, and definitely will include a Prince tribute. Read More
Minnesota pop-music mega producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis return home Friday to announce they will be curating the free concerts for the 10-day Super Bowl Live festival on Nicollet Mall in 2018.
Jam and Lewis are scheduled to stand next to a 750-pound “LII” ice sculpture in the IDS Center’s Crystal Court on Friday to kick off the 100-day countdown with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Read More
Campaigns to battle sex trafficking are launching this week and next, partly in hopes of leveraging the extra attention that will accompany an estimated 1 million visitors to the state for the Super Bowl this winter.
A PSA campaign, the “Don’t Buy It” project, is the first public awareness campaign of its kind in Minnesota. The campaign, by Duluth-based Men As Peacemakers, includes TV ads, billboards and bus station ads in Duluth and the Twin Cities telling men not to buy sex or believe misconceptions about women in prostitution. Read More
An unintended endorsement of a strip club became an embarrassing moment for the ordinarily buttoned-up Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.
King of Diamonds, a "gentleman's club" in Inver Grove Heights, landed on the list of suggested minority and women-owned contractors in the NFL Business Connect program. Read More
Justin Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl LII halftime show for the big game taking place in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, it was announced on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”
“I want to put together a performance that unifies,” Timberlake said Sunday in a brief interview. The star pledged to get people dancing. Read More
Of the 41 million travelers and workers who trudge through the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport every year, few will likely remember the unassuming carpet that snakes through its concourses and terminals, protecting foot and floor alike.
This turf takes a beating, and it shows. Read More
The kids who play football for the Phelps Falcons don’t have anywhere near the cash to buy Super Bowl tickets. But the entire team — coaches included — are going to the big game as guests of the National Football League.
The surprise gift, announced at last weekend’s Vikings-Green Bay Packers game, kicked off a larger giveaway announced by the NFL Thursday. Read More
NFL executives in town this week for Super Bowl planning showed off the league's official branding for the 10-day festival starting in January.
No surprise the league's creations tie to the "Bold North" theme that has been the signature of the event since the state won its bid to host at owner meetings in May 2014. Read More
When La Belle Crepe owner Alan Lenne abruptly closed his tiny Nicollet Mall restaurant earlier this month, he placed the blame squarely on the seemingly endless Nicollet Mall reconstruction, and what he saw as the city’s unhelpful attitude toward his struggling business. Read More
The chosen ones for the 2018 Super Bowl Crew 52 received notice Thursday.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee chose more than 10,000 volunteers from the 30,000 who applied online beginning in August. Of those, roughly 15,000 prospective volunteers showed up for in-person interviews at the headquarters in City Center on Nicollet Mall. Read More
The weather, the tight urban setting and the compact footprint of U.S. Bank Stadium make the 2018 Super Bowl the most complicated event in NFL history, the league's senior vice president for events Peter O'Reilly said Tuesday.
O'Reilly was among a contingent from the NFL and its partners in downtown Minneapolis for a week of meetings about the 10 days of events that begin in late January and culminate in the game on the night of Sunday, Feb. 4. Read More
St. Paul leaders want to make sure residents renting out their guest rooms and homes during the Super Bowl are providing safe spaces, but some property owners and rental users say the city's proposed regulations go too far.
The rules would affect people who use online rental services, such as Airbnb, Expedia and VRBO, to advertise short-term rental housing. They would have to get a city license, meet certain parking and insurance requirements, and pay lodging and sales taxes. The city is also considering limits on how many units in a duplex, apartment or condominium building could be rented out and how many people could stay in a home. Read More
Gathered around a long buffet table laden with plump dark chocolate truffles, bowls of whole-wheat macaroni, piles of cheese, berries, granola and carrots, about two dozen participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities program were getting a colorful lesson about healthful food from a local chef.
Twin Cities restaurateur David Fhima was there to demystify healthy food for the kids gathered at the historic (and former) Forum restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. The private event was one of several demonstrations planned throughout the state to get youth involved in the Super Snack Challenge of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Read More
Mystic Lake is fast approaching the Jan. 1 deadline for its latest expansion, which will transform the Prior Lake entertainment complex into one of the Twin Cities’ largest hotels — just in time for Minneapolis to host Super Bowl LII.
The ambitious $90 million-plus project will attach a nine-story, 180-room hotel and event center to the existing 586-room Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, adding two ballrooms and a massive glass atrium with scenic views of the golf course. Read More
The "SexyBack" hitmaker would meet running backs at U.S. Bank Stadium if Us Weekly's report holds.
In less than five months, Super Bowl mania will descend upon the Twin Cities and give local businesses a home-turf advantage on the marketing blitz that surrounds one of the most popular sporting events of the year.
But while the event brings opportunities, the National Football League has been notoriously protective of its trademarks — especially the name “Super Bowl” — so companies also will need to flex their creativity in advertising everything from products to parties. Read More
The company that brought Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift to the Houston Super Bowl has landed a deal with Mystic Lake Casino for four nights of entertainment during Super Bowl LII.
Nomadic Entertainment Group, the traveling concert and party producers, will build a second pop-up venue for 9,000 fans at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake for high-end concerts. Read More
The big event will be on the other side of the Mississippi River, but St. Paul is preparing for a slice of the tourism action — and administrative burden — when the 2018 Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis.
With less than six months until showtime, St. Paul has a large and expanding list of activities planned around the first week in February. Read More
When the doors swung open on the Super Bowl LII volunteer center downtown over the weekend to the sound of Skol line drums and cheering, John Wahl of St. Louis Park was the first volunteer in line.
Wahl, 84, is back for a second Super Bowl. He volunteered for the 1992 game at the the Metrodome. That year, he was stationed as a "host" at the Marriott Hotel in Minnetonka. Wahl recalled the gig, saying he provided recommendations for sites and restaurants to visitors. Read More
It’s game on Saturday for the first round of volunteer applicants stepping into the Minnesota Super Bowl “Crew 52” headquarters on Nicollet Mall.
Candidates will arrive to music, hoopla and greetings from the gregarious Chad Greenway, the retired Minnesota Viking and a Crew 52 booster. He will officially open the doors inside City Center to the ground-floor volunteer space after an energetic welcome from Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Maureen Bausch, former Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and the Skol Line musicians. Read More
Six months before the Super Bowl, staff at St. Paul Downtown Airport have created an ambitious “to do” list for game day: Wrangle 100 extra employees from across the country. Buy a $200,000 truck to hold hundreds of gallons of de-icing fluid. Cordon off several runways and sketch out parking spaces for 200 planes.
“There’s no event as big as the Super Bowl in attracting the numbers of private aircraft,” said Joe Harris, who manages three Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) reliever airports. “This is the granddaddy.” Read More
Law enforcement officials and nonprofits across Minnesota are taking aggressive new action to crack down on buyers of prostitution — often white, middle-aged and married men — and boosting programs aimed at keeping teens out of the sex trade.
Advocates want to shift from police intervention to prevention, after years spent toughening prison sentences for pimps and overhauling how the state treats sex trafficking victims. Read More
St. Paul Winter Carnival organizers say they’re looking at building an ice palace that could cost $2 million to $15 million at the State Capitol in 2018.
“We’re working on the possibility,” Winter Carnival spokeswoman Stacy Bee said Tuesday. “Nothing is concrete.” Read More
The Minneapolis Armory will be the site of a high-production lineup of concerts during the week of next year’s Super Bowl.
The historic building, two blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, is transforming from a parking garage to an events space with room for 8,400 people. Nomadic Entertainment Group and its Nomadic Live arm, which played host to Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars for performances in Houston during this year’s Super Bowl, partnered with developer and building owner Ned Abdul to design the space. Read More
Vacation planners, beware: The busiest day in the history of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is coming, a day after the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium.
“It’s not even going to be close. It’s going to blow everything out of the water,” said Phil Burke, director of MSP operations at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). Read More
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next January and February.
The volunteer headquarters will be at 7th Street and Nicollet Mall in space occupied by the now-shuttered Sports Authority store. It will open Aug. 12. Read More
A group of community leaders unveiled plans Tuesday to discourage sex trafficking at next year's Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
From billboards spreading educational campaigns to enhanced statewide law enforcement stings, the anti-trafficking committee outlined new efforts to take place before, during and after the Feb. 4 game. Read More
Ivy Alexander nervously paced the office hallway with the name of her restaurant “Smoke in the Pit” written across her T-shirt in sparkly red letters.
As she walked and talked, she glanced at Michele Zoromski bent over a tray wielding a pastry bag of frosting to put flourishes on cookies and treats. Read More
For nine months, the city of Minneapolis did nothing to hide the location of a downtown building it leased to serve as a police command center for next year’s Super Bowl.
Members of the City Council’s Ways and Means Committee discussed it openly in July and again in October, agreeing to spend about $750,000 in rent over three years. Officials specifically identified the location of the building at public meetings and in public records. Outside the building, passersby can see marked squad cars parked in spaces with signs posted for Minneapolis police. Read More
With less than a year to go before the Super Bowl is played in Minneapolis, a group of local leaders is quietly meeting to map out strategies to combat sex trafficking before and after the big game.
The committee, led by Hennepin and Ramsey counties and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, includes some 40 public and private sector leaders and has been meeting since September. Read More
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee expects to reimburse Minneapolis at least $4.9 million for the extra cost of providing public safety, facilities, parking and traffic management for the 10-day event beginning next January, according to a proposed contract released Thursday.
The biggest anticipated cost is $3.1 million for police. Next is public works at $725,000, an early estimated cost that is expected to grow. Read More