NFL Had 153 Pages of Specifications for Any City Wishing to Host Super Bowl LII

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured Columnist IVApril 4, 2017

In this artist's rendering provided by the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, a Super Bowl LII logo covers a seven-acre prime space for an NFL tailgate party next to the new stadium, top right, which is under construction in Minneapolis. The image was part of the presentation made to NFL team owners before they voted to hold the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Minnesota Vikings)
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Any fans who want to know what goes into the National Football League's decision as to who will host a Super Bowl will get a better idea once they check out a long list of requirements that the league asks of each host city.

The Star Tribune's Mike Kaszuba and Rochelle Olson posted all of the conditions that any city hoping to host Super Bowl LII in 2018 would have to meet. Thanks to a new stadium, Minnesota was awarded Super Bowl LII.

Here are some of the stipulations that the host city (Minneapolis) must agree upon, via the Star Tribune:

  • Install ATMs that accept NFL preferred credit and debit cards, and officials must cover or remove ATMs that "conflict with NFL preferred payment services."
  • Local police must provide officers at no cost, for anti-counterfeit enforcement teams focused on tickets and merchandise.
  • If signal strength at team hotels is not strong enough, the host committee "will be responsible [for erecting] a sufficient number of portable cellular towers."
  • Two "top quality bowling venues" can be reserved at no cost to the league for the Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic.
  • Free advertising for game: 20 color pages of in daily newspapers and four weeks of promotions on at least six local radio stations (at least 250 live or prerecorded ads).

According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota did not agree to all of the terms. Although it's not known how many specifications weren't met, there was an issue with putting kiosks in the city's airport.

It's a privilege for a city to host the sport's biggest game, but it's not just one big celebration. There will be a lot of work that goes into preparing for the extravaganza.

To see a breakdown of all the demands, check out the Star Tribune.

[h/t Deadspin]