Super Bowl LII

The Big Game takes over Minneapolis and St. Paul

A portrait of Justin Timberlake in a suit.

Justin Timberlake will perform the Super Bowl Lll halftime show

photo by Tom Munro / RCA Records

Super Bowl LII 2/4

Consider that only five northern cities have hosted the Super Bowl in its 52 years. Minneapolis is the first of them to do it twice, after the Metrodome’s ’92 hurrah. Tickets this year go for $4,000–$14,000. Package deals advertise the massive Players Tailgate, held on a specially built pavilion a few blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium—where Guy Fieri will no doubt go sticking his beringed fingers in celebrities’ sloppy joes as per usual—along with concerts sprinkled throughout the metro, sweetened with a chance to step onto the field at game’s end for that uniquely electrifying, confetti’d atmosphere (given you’re willing to upgrade to a “platinum” experience by padding out your $8,000 ticket a mere $5,000 more). Locals not going to the game might feel inconvenienced (having to rely on an extra phalanx of city buses on Super Bowl Sunday, for example, since the light rail will exclusively shuttle the stadium bound; and homeless people downtown forced to relocate to a different shelter). The free auxiliary festivals on Nicollet Mall and at the Convention Center hope to assuage. After all: Who knows if the Cities will ever again become this congested, feverishly snow globe–shaken Land of 1 Justin Timberlake?

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