The NFL announced Tuesday that the city of Minnesota will host Super Bowl LII (52).
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 20, 2014
Minnesota was one of three finalists including New Orleans and Indianapolis who were considered to be the favorites before today’s vote.
Indianapolis and New Orleans have had a successful track record, for the most part, when it comes to hosting Super Bowls over the years, but there is no question that Vikings brand new stadium had to play into the league’s decision on some level.
Albert Breer mentions that Atlanta is “the favorite” to host Super Bowl LIII given that they too will have a new stadium by then.
Indianapolis is also in the running to host the 2019 Super Bowl along with Atlanta.
New York managed to build a new stadium a few years ago and subsequently was able to convince the league to host an outdoor Super Bowl in February, so it appears as though the league is using this as an incentive to convince cities to contribute to building new stadiums.