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Julia Holtz and Jessica Hegele

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Minnesota is hosting Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. This year’s Super Bowl is estimated to cost Minnesota $338 million, which is actually on the lower side of what other cities have been spending for this game. Although that cost might seem high, it’s important to remember how much money will be drawn in from the flood of people that the game brings. The Star Tribune has forecasted that visitors who come for this game will spend $284 million on everything from clothes to food or transportation. According to the official Minnesota Super Bowl website, every visitor is expected to spend $625 per day.

Another huge source of funding comes from taxes. According to The New York Post, “state taxpayers paid for more than 67 percent, or $308 million.”

In addition to renovating malls, airports and roads in Minnesota to make sure everything is the best it can be, there are also some new attractions coming in just for the game, the biggest one being the Bold North zipline. This 800-foot-long zipline will take riders across the Mississippi River and into the skyline of Minneapolis. However, the tickets for this unique experience sold out less than 36 hours after tickets were on sale.

Along with the hype, a lot of inconveniences come from the Super Bowl for Minneapolis residences. As of Jan. 2, road closures began around U.S. Bank Stadium to prepare for this anticipated event. This will also affect roads around the Nicollet Mall and the Minneapolis Convention Center in late January. These roads will stay closed until Feb. 11, seven days after the Super Bowl is over. In an interview on KARE 11 TV, Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Manager Mark Lappe said, “There will be loss of street parking and maybe some increased congestion. But starting Jan. 26, we’re really encouraging our staff to do carpooling and mass transit. For our patients and our clients, we’re communicating that to them so they understand what the delays might be.”

Minnesota’s goal is to host a trouble-free 2018 Super Bowl, and in order to do so, they will have to address numerous financial, security and transportation issues that impact the residents of Minneapolis. Although these worries cannot be completely eliminated, with proper precautions, Minnesota can ensure a festive and fun event. Skol Vikings!