Super Bowl 52 will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 4. The last Super Bowl to be held in Minnesota was Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, when Washington defeated the Buffalo Bills inside of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was the Minnesota Vikings' home stadium since 1982. But the Minnesota State Legislature approved for a new Vikings stadium in May 2012. In 2014, NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell announced that the U.S. Bank Stadium would host Super Bowl 52. One big reason why the NFL owners chose this stadium was because it was enclosed — so the league didn't have to worry about inclement weather.
At 12-3, the Case Keenum-led Vikings already clinched a first-round bye and are favorites to appear in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1976. The Vikings could become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
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- Dozens of cameras, two miles of fences, 100 police dogs: How Super Bowl security will look:
Hosting a Super Bowl isn’t just a one-day affair for public safety. Stringent security will begin Jan. 26, with slight increases through Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 4, a full 10-day operational period.
Thousands of officers will flood the city, some decked out in SWAT gear, others roaming undercover, and hundreds more patrolling in regular uniform.
The coverage is a cross between Santa Clara’s coverage in 2016, which received some criticism for its high visibility, and Houston’s in 2017, which was more undercover.
The Vikings hope to break a Super Bowl curse