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NFL had long list of demands before selecting Minnesota for Super Bowl LII 06.09.14 at 12:16 pm ET
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Minnesota may have gotten the distinction of hosting Super Bowl LII in 2018, but it didn’t come without a price.

In a league document acquired by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the NFL announced a large list of requirements for any potential Super Bowl host city.

These demands included: free police escorts for team owners, 20 free billboards advertising the game across the city, 35,000 free parking spaces, free presidential suites in luxury hotels, a one-mile radius “clean zone” around the stadium and free cell phone towers in case of weak signal strength at team hotels.

The document, which the Star Tribune received from an unnamed source, was not released publicly before this past weekend.

While Minneapolis City Council president Barb Johnson stated that “€œincentives”€ had to be accepted in order to host the Super Bowl, Mayor Betsy Hodges‘ office added that it does not know what agreements the host committee ultimately agreed to.

In a written statement to the Star Tribune, the host committee stated that “while the Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee did not agree to all of the NFL’€™s Super Bowl bid specifications, the competitive bid remains private.”

One demand that Minneapolis has not agreed to was a request for the NFL to select specific vendors to sell merchandise at local airports, as well as the “unrestricted ability”€ to set up kiosks in multiple spots at these airports.

Patrick Hogan, a Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman, said that Minneapolis had not agreed to the requirement, adding that the commission would select the vendors at for any airports in the area.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy refused to comment on whether refusing to accept the NFL’€™s demands would hurt a city from potentially earned a Super Bowl hosting bid.

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Minneapolis embracing cold weather as it prepares to host 2018 Super Bowl 05.21.14 at 10:02 am ET
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Minnesota winters are frigid. And now that Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl, the city is ready to embrace the temperatures as part of its showcase for the world.

Along with the highly anticipated $1 billion stadium being constructed on the site of the former Metrodome, organizers used Minnesota’s historic winters as part of its selling point for Super Bowl LII under the theme “Built for the Bold.”

“We didn’t shy away from it. We embraced it,” Vikings president and owner Mark Wilf said.

Minneapolis’ winter festivities for the big game include plans to transform the Nicollet Mall pedestrian area into a nearly mile-long Super Bowl Boulevard filled with outdoor activities.

“It’s a chance for us to demonstrate how we celebrate winter,” Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, said. “It’s a community that never slows down, that enjoys the outdoors four seasons. And we’re in a position to share what we already know with the rest of the world.”

Super Bowl LII will mark the sixth time the NFL’s championship game has been played in a cold-weather city. East Rutherford, New Jersey, hosted this year’s Super Bowl, Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI and Detroit has hosted the big game twice.

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has surgery to repair sports hernia 02.08.13 at 10:15 am ET
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Adrian Peterson was playing through a painful sports hernia in his abdomen when he ran away with the NFL MVP award this past season, the Vikings revealed Thursday.

Peterson had surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday to repair the hernia, a tear in the abdominal muscles that can cause severe pain in the pelvic and groin area and often holds athletes out of the lineup. He had mentioned playing through abdominal pain, but the nature and severity of the injury hadn’t been disclosed.

Meanwhile, Peterson ran for more than 200 yards twice in the last five weeks of the season, finishing the year with a total of 2,097 yards rushing. He was also the league’s offensive player of the year, with 12 touchdowns and an average of 6.0 yards per carry, and he finished eight yards short of the single-season rushing record.

“We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns,” the Vikings said in a statement on their website.

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Vikings executives ‘concerned’ about keeping team in Minnesota 08.30.11 at 3:12 pm ET
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The Vikings’ Metrodome lease expires on Feb. 1, 2012, which means the team could be playing its last season in Minneapolis. With just one preseason game left before the regular season gets underway, Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley admitted the team’s front office is uneasy about the future of the franchise.

“I am concerned,” he told ESPN Radio. “There is growing concern within our ownership, there is no doubt, about where this is headed and the fact that every year, we get to the end of the season and there is a different reason [a deal didn't get done].”

There has been plenty of speculation that the Vikings could be headed for Los Angeles if the lease is not renewed. Bagley hinted that several teams had already shown interest in moving the franchise.

“If we don’t get it done this fall, we get to February and we will be the only NFL team without a lease,” Bagley said. “The only one. There’s already been knocks on the door about, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you guys when your lease is up.’”

In 2010, Minnesota ranked 28th in attendance with an average of 58,751 fans per home game, ahead of the Lions, Rams, Buccaneers and Raiders.

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Vikings change venue as Metrodome undergoes repairs 12.15.10 at 9:39 am ET
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Inspectors found that damage from the weekend snowstorm, which dumped more than 17 inches in Minneapolis and busted through the Metrodome’s roof, is worse than initially thought. Officials from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said Tuesday that the Metrodome’s torn roof won’t be ready for Monday night’s matchup against the Bears, forcing the game to move to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

Commission president Roy Terwilliger could not immediately estimate how long the process would take but said he hopes to know more in two to three days. “Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the Vikings fans and players, the hundreds of youth sports, community and other groups that use the Metrodome throughout the year and our employees,” Terwilliger said.

Meanwhile, at the university, workers began the daunting task of clearing 20-inch-deep snow drifts from throughout the facility. Garry Bowman, the university’s director of athletic communications, said that because plows may damage the stadium’s floors, most of the snow will have to be removed through shoveling. The snow removal plan is to have groups of 100 workers, working four-hour shifts, for 16 hours a day.

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Patriots- Vikings: Favre will start 10.31.10 at 3:02 pm ET
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Word has come from Foxboro that Brett Favre will start against the Patriots after testing out his injured foot and ankle before the game. Favre had been expected to play after indicating that his injuries were healing quickly, although it’s not that much of a surprise that the veteran will be on the field for his start streak to 292 games.

Favre has struggled this season after posting his greatest statistical season in 2009. The veteran QB has thrown for 1191 yards, seven touchdowns, and ten interceptions while posting a completion percentage of 58.1%. His passer rating of 68 is below most starting quarterbacks in the league after posting a rating of 107.2 last season.

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Rumor: Vikings interested in Vincent Jackson 09.17.10 at 12:11 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Vikings have significant interest in disgruntled Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson. Minnesota joins a rumor whirlwind that had already been spinning with the Seahawks, Rams and Redskins.

The rumor makes sense to anyone who watched the season opener last Thursday night. With Sidney Rice sidelined on the PUP list for at least six weeks due to hip surgery, Brett Favre was visibily out of sync with all his wide receivers and could use a target of Jackson’s 6-foot-5 stature, particularly in the red zone. And if this offseason was any indication, the Vikings don’t shy away from accommodating their old gunslinger.

Rumors picked up steam after an official hearing on Jackson’s suspension on Thursday. According to the report, if traded by next Wednesday, Jackson will be eligible to play in Week 5, essentially reducing what was originally a six-game suspension to four games. If he remains in San Diego, the six-game suspension holds, which might not matter because Jackson appears unlikely to play if he stays put.

As Adam Schefter cautioned on D&C Friday morning, though, a trade remains unlikely given Jackson’s contractual demands and suspension.

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Favre to make up to $20 million for 2010 season 08.26.10 at 11:38 am ET
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Brett Favre signed his new contract with the Vikings on Monday, and details have been leaking out. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the new contract will be $20 million in total, but the way it breaks down is different than previously reported. Favre reduced his base salary from $13 million to $11.6 million and received a $4.4 million signing bonus along with it. With the addition of $4 million in incentives, Favre reaches the $20 million mark.

Florio also mentions that Favre will make an additional $4 million this year and another $4 million next year, both in deferred 2009 salary; he already made $4 million last season. Favre will take over $30 million from the Vikings for his two years of service.

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Vikings’ Harvin collapses at practice, hospitalized 08.19.10 at 9:43 pm ET
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Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin collapses during practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. The Vikings said he “is alert and resting comfortably but will remain in the hospital overnight.”

Harvin, who has had issues with migraine headaches most of his life, and it appears  that this was the cause of Thursday’s problem. After leaving the field to see the team physician, Harvin returned to practice and was seen doubled over and trembling.

“I don’t know how they classify it,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said after practice. “Not really a seizure, but he had some trouble over here. I’d be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or another. It seemed like he was stable.”

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