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Popular Questions
I'm not planning on attending the game. Is there a way for me to still have a Super Bowl experience?

The Super Bowl is more than just a game; it's a 10-day festival, with events held across the metro area drawing in fans and families from around the state and around the world to enjoy all the Bold North has to offer.

The 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl will feature events for all ages, with a variety of activities--including many at no or low-cost to attend. From Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis to Super Bowl LIVE sponsored by Verizon, visitors will experience a world-class, uniquely Minnesotan event, including the Loppet, snowmobiling and outdoor ice bars.

What is the Host Committee?

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee serves as the liaison between the National Football League and the local community. Our job is to plan and support activities to ensure a safe and successful Super Bowl experience for both the league and Minnesotans and to use the Super Bowl platform to introduce the world to our Bold North story. The Host Committee is a 501(c)(6) non-profit.

Are tickets to Super Bowl LII available?

All tickets for Super Bowl LII have been allocated by the NFL.

If you are interested in Super Bowl LII Suites or Hospitality, please contact info@mnsuperbowl.com.

The Game
Where can I watch Super Bowl LII?

NBC is the official broadcast partner for Super Bowl LII.

Economic Impact
Why is it important for Minnesota to host a Super Bowl?

As one of the most watched events in the world, the Super Bowl instantly puts our state in the national spotlight. Super Bowl XLIX drew a record-setting 114.5 million viewers, making it the most watched program in US television history. More than 5,000 members of the media will be in attendance to cover not only the game, but also the excitement and activity surrounding it. Super Bowl Media Center presented by Microsoft goes live 10 days before the game, with countless shows broadcasting "live from Minnesota" -- including NBC, the Super Bowl LII broadcast partner. This ensures maximum exposure for images and events that capture what's so unique about living in the Bold North.

This incredible exposure allows us to tell the story of our successful business climate: why so many successful companies, including 18 Fortune 500 companies, are located here. This unprecedented media coverage of our state will also showcase our bold innovation, vividly illustrating life in the Bold North for potential employers and employees looking to relocate.

Economists expect more than $400 million in new spending right here in Minnesota as a direct result of the Super Bowl, likely foretelling an impressive boon for job growth.

Dozens of ancillary events across the Twin Cities will translate into a windfall for local restaurants, caterers, vendors, and suppliers, resulting in thousands of additional work hours for local job-seekers.

Then there's the tremendous influx of visitors directly impacting our local businesses. Each visitor alone is expected to spend an average of $625 per day, about six times what a typical Minnesota visitor spends!

The opportunity to demonstrate all Minnesota has to offer will likely lead to a significant growth in tourism and convention business for years to come. Previous host cities such as Indianapolis have seen a 20% increase in conference business in the years immediately following the Super Bowl.

Legacy Fund
How will the Super Bowl benefit communities?

Beyond its star power, Super Bowl LII is an engine for growth and opportunity for our state. The game will leave an economic impact of more than $400 million, attract more than a million visitors, and welcome thousands of members of the media filing stories on just about every facet of Minnesota life.

As the Host Committee for Super Bowl LII, our goal is to ensure that the positive impacts of the game touch every corner of our state. One of the ways we'll accomplish this is through the Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund's mission is to help Minnesota kids lead healthy, nutritious, safe, and active lives by exposing them to opportunities within their own communities.

The bulk of this initiative will come from grants given to 52 community-led programs -- one each week for the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. We will highlight each program's value and help spread their message of good health.

The Super Bowl will also leave behind a trained volunteer corps of thousands with direct experience facilitating large-scale efforts like the Super Bowl, increasing the likelihood of our state hosting more events of this kind.

Business Connect
Who qualifies for Business Connect?
  • All Business Connect vendors are required to be certified as minority, women, disabled, veteran or LGBT-owned businesses.

  • The majority owner must hold 51% of the company.

  • The company must have been in business for at least three years.

  • The company must have offices in Minnesota.

    We are no longer accepting applications for the Business Connect program. The selection process is now closed.
How can local businesses get involved in the Super Bowl?

There are a number of ways local businesses can get involved in the Super Bowl, the primary of which is Business Connect, the NFL's supplier diversity program. The program will identify 300-400 small businesses, suppliers, and service providers from our area to participate in the program. Accepted businesses will be profiled in the resource guide, allowing those in need of their services to quickly identify qualified providers of goods and services.

Participants of Business Connect will also be invited to events and workshops and given access to resources and networking opportunities. While not all participants will be awarded contracts, businesses will likely increase their exposure along with opportunities for participation.

Community
What can I do to combat trafficking?

Be part of the solution by learning more about this problem and taking action:

  • Visit www.mngirls.org and sign the Don’t Buy It Project’s pledge to end the demand for commercial sex in any form. The Don’t Buy It Project offers educational resources, including online and classroom training, to individuals, groups, and communities to help spot the signs, prevent sexual exploitation, and end the demand.
  • Take the action steps to end the demand by reducing every day examples of gender inequality and sexual violence.

How can my organization help support the anti-human trafficking effort?

Be part of the solution by increasing staff awareness and taking action:

  • Train your employees on how to spot the signs of sex trafficking and know the action steps to take.

  • Sponsor a classroom or online training for employees to begin to shift attitudes and help end the demand for commercial sex.

  • Visit the Don't Buy It Project to get started.

You can also find more information at www.mngirls.org

How does Minnesota combat trafficking in our community?

Minnesota’s model is nationally recognized in the fight to end sex trafficking. As a result of efforts funded through the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota’s “Minnesota Girls Are Not For Sale” campaign -- a $7.5 million, 8-year campaign to end sex trafficking in Minnesota through grantmaking, research, and public education -- we were the first state in the nation to create and fund a statewide comprehensive plan to end sex trafficking. Minnesota is unique in the work it does to decrease the buying and selling of sex while also protecting and helping vulnerable youth. Minnesota was also one of the first states to pass the Safe Harbor Law in 2011. This law treats trafficked minors as victims instead of criminals.

Minnesota’s cross-sector team of business, law enforcement, and victim support service providers will continue its coordinated response to educate communities, prevent and disrupt trafficking, and help victims with additional resources throughout the state.

You can also find more information at www.mngirls.com

What is the Committee's plan to address Sex Trafficking during the Super Bowl?

Minnesota leads the nation in anti-trafficking efforts. In recognition of that work, we have turned to the community to lead this effort; a committee representing more than 40 organizations, including law enforcement, nonprofits, government, and advocacy groups is being chaired by Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. For more information on what you can do, visit www.mngirls.org. While attention to sex trafficking peaks around major events, this nightmare happens to Minnesota girls and boys 365 days a year. We have the opportunity to raise awareness about sex trafficking and engage in our ongoing collective efforts to end child sex trafficking in Minnesota. We will:

  • Offer enhanced services -- additional shelter beds and expanded drop-in center services and staffing -- for sex trafficking victims in Minnesota.

  • Increase law enforcement staffing to arrest perpetrators and identify victims.

  • Train hotel and transportation workers in identifying the signs of sex trafficking.

  • Conduct a public education campaign to build awareness and create new allies.
Super Bowl LIVE
Can I bring my pet to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon?

Only service animals providing assistance to those with disabilities are allowed at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon.

How far is Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis from Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon?

It is about a 5 minute walk outdoors or in the skyways.

Do I need a ticket to get into Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon?

This is a non-ticketed and public event. No ticket is needed.

Is there an entrance fee to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon?

Entrance to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon is free of charge.

How do I get to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon?

Public transit is the best way to get to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon. Please visit our Transportation page for details.

Where is Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon located?

It is located in downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall between 6th and 12th Streets.

What are the hours of Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon?

For a full list of hours, please see www.mnsuperbowl.com/sblive

Will Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon operate in the snow/rain?

Yes, Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will be open rain, snow or shine!

Transportation
How can I get around town on gameday?

We have worked hard to minimize the impacts for the surrounding community on gameday.

Expect roads surrounding U.S. Bank Stadium to be closed; you can see a complete map of those closures here.

Transit options will be available both for game-goers and for those who use transit to get to around town and to work. The Green Line will operate between Union Depot and Stadium Village, with a bus between Stadium Village and Target Center. The Blue Line will be available for game ticketholders; buses will run the same routes for non-game ticketholders.

Those not attending the game will pay standard Metro Transit fares.

These changes are for gameday (Sunday, February 4) only; transit will operate as normal – and with more frequency – throughout the rest of the 10 day festival.

For more information, including on how to reserve parking spots and navigate the skyway system, is available on our Know Before You Go page at mnsuperbowl.com/transportation.

Are there any traffic restrictions in place at the moment in Minneapolis?

Yes, please refer to our road closure map on the Transportation Guide on our website: www.mnsuperbowl.com/transportation

Do taxicabs accept cash and credit cards?

Yes, drivers accept credit/debit cards for all fares.

Is there public transportation in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis has an incredible public transit system. Find out more on the Metro Transit website.

How much does it cost to park on the street in Minneapolis?

A list of Minneapolis parking meter rates can be found here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/parking/meters/index.htm

Do parking meters in Downtown Minneapolis accept credit/debit cards?

Yes, for a list of Minneapolis city meters, please visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/parking/meters/index.htm

What do I do in the event of an emergency on light rail?

If at a station, use emergency call box. Follow instruction from Metro Transit officials and/or call 911.

How often do the light rail trains come by each stop?

Every 5-20 minutes.

Can I get to and from Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon using the light rail?

Yes, the light rail will stop at the Nicollet Mall station on Blue & Green lines, which will take you to the beginning of Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon.

I don’t want to drive during game week. How can I get around?

Check out Metro Transit for ways to get around Minneapolis: https://www.metrotransit.org/super-bowl

How can I take the light rail or buses to get to downtown?

For info on how to get your destination using light rail or buses visit here: https://www.metrotransit.org/super-bowl

What is the closest airport to U.S. Bank Stadium?

MSP is close and easily accessible. More info: https://www.metrotransit.org/airport

How do I get to and from the airport?

Getting to and from MSP Airport is easy and convenient. Please visit https://www.metrotransit.org/airport for more details and to plan your route.

Super Snack Challenge
Can children of all ages enter the contest?

No, only parents and legal guardians may enter this contest on behalf of their children who are ages 8-14 at the time of entry.

I have more than one eligible child. Can I enter more than one child?

Yes, although each child must be entered separately.

Can parents (or legal guardians) with children enrolled in United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, enter the contest?

Yes, you and your child are eligible to enter if you reside within the state of Minnesota.

Can I enter a recipe from a cookbook or other previously published resource?

No, only original recipes that you and your child create yourselves are eligible.

Can parents and children work together on their recipes?

Yes! We encourage you to work together to come up with a recipe that is healthy, tastes great, is creative, original and affordable, and has a story behind it.

Can I include a photo of my child?

Yes! We encourage you to send a photo of your child and his or her snack creation with your initial submission.

Can I change my recipe once I’ve submitted it?

No, once you’ve submitted your child’s recipe you cannot make changes. All submissions are final.

How are the 52 semi-finalists, 10 finalists, and 3 winners selected?

Our judges will be scoring entries in three rounds. Recipes will be scored based on:

  • Overall health profile of the recipe (use of vegetables and /or fruit, 100% whole grains, healthy fats, no added sugar, moderate to low salt and no artificial sweeteners/flavors)’
  • Ease of preparation
  • Creativity and originality
  • Taste (seasoning, overall balance and desirability)

Submissions with the highest point totals will be selected in each judging round. In the event of a tie in any round of judging, the Submission with the higher score in the “healthy profile” criterion will prevail. See Official Rules for more details.

What does it mean to be chosen as a semi-finalist or finalist?

If you are one of 52 semi- finalists or 10 finalists, this does not mean you’ve won. It means you’ve moved into the next l round of judging. The 10 finalists will prepare their snacks for a panel of chef’s Tuesday, November 28, 2017. 10-15 local chef’s will taste and score the recipes to determine the 3 winning recipes.

How many winners will be chosen?

We will be selecting 3 winners.

What are the potential prizes?

The prize includes:

  • 52 semi-finalist each receive 4 tickets to the Kid’s Tailgate Party at Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s Bold North Festival and a published Super Snack Challenge recipe cookbook with the 52 semi-finalists recipes included 10 final*ists will each select one (1) charity working in health and wellness reform to receive a $1000 donation from Newman’s Own Foundation
  • The third-place winner will select an additional charity working on health and wellness reform to receive a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own Foundation
  • The second-place winner will select an additional charity working on health and wellness reform to receive a $15,000 donation from Newman’s Own Foundation
  • The grand prize winner will select an additional charity working on health and wellness reform to receive a $25,000 donation from Newman’s Own Foundation
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