Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

ATLANTA - Minneapolis has been awarded the 2018 Super Bowl by NFL owners, disappointing Indianapolis officials who traveled to Atlanta to vie for the chance to host the event.

"It's a very disappointing result for us," said Rafael Sanchez, secretary of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Bid Committee. "We put in a lot of time and effort and our hearts into it, and we thought we had the best bid."

Cathy Langham, co-chair of the committee, said she's disappointed, but the team put its best foot forward.

"We did everything we possibly could. We had the best bid presentation, the best experience, the best team presenting," Langham said. "I think the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis can be very proud of the presentation and all the work the committee did."

Former Colts player Jeff Saturday joined the team as closer for the presentation, and he said he has no regrets.

"We stayed true to who we are, and I've got no regrets about the way the thing laid out," he said.

The NFL owners rewarded the Vikings for arranging to build a new stadium on the site of the old Metrodome by choosing Minneapolis over New Orleans and Indianapolis.

The big game will be staged in the Twin Cities for the second time. It was there in 1992, when Washington beat Buffalo.

Minneapolis' new $1 billion stadium is scheduled to open in 2016.

New Orleans has staged the Super Bowl 10 times, tied with South Florida for the most, but its bid might have been damaged by the blackout that interrupted the 2013 title game.

Next year's game is in Glendale, Arizona, followed by Santa Clara, California, for the 50th Super Bowl, then Houston.

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