Apparently it's true, "If you build it, the NFL will come." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday, May 20, that Minnesota was awarded the right to host Super Bowl LII, "[k]eeping with the tradition of rewarding teams with new stadiums." It confirmed that "[o]ne reason behind the league giving the nod to Minnesota is the nearly $500 million in public money going toward the team's new facility."

Take a virtual tour of Minnesota's new multi-purpose stadium. On December 3, 2013, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place. In August of 2014, steel installation is scheduled to begin followed by the Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) roof installation in the Fall of 2015, the stadium being fully enclosed with heating at the end of 2015, and the stadium opening the following July. As designed, it "will typically seat 65,400" but it "will be expandable to 72,000 seats" for Super Bowl LII. "Seven levels in the stadium, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl, will be connected via escalators, elevators, stairs and a continuous ramp." It will feature a clear ETFE roof and "five of the largest glass pivoting doors in the world, fans will experience an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment." In addition, "[t]he project design and construction group is striving to build a stadium that is eligible to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification."

The Minnesota Vikings previously confirmed that it would "fund a larger end zone video board (120×68 feet) as well as video screens in premium sections called the "Fire and Ice Clubs." The west end zone video board will nearly double in size to 8,160 square feet. For comparison, one end-zone facing side of the record-setting AT&T Stadium's center-hung video board in Dallas is 11,393 square feet." Reportedly "over 800 HD flat screen televisions will be distributed throughout the stadium."

For you soccer fans, the new multi-purpose stadium has been designed to accommodate Major League Soccer (MLS), including a soccer pitch that will be 121×72 yards. Reportedly, MLS has plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020. Reportedly, "[c]onversations regarding securing a soccer team for this market continue between Vikings representatives and Major League Soccer."

Additional Sources: NFL, Super Bowl LII headed to Minnesota; Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC, Minnesota Selected To Host Super Bowl LII In February 2018New Vikings Stadium News & Notes - Super Bowl LII Bid Recap and Frequently Asked Questions