Here’s everything viewers and visitors need to know about Super Bowl LII — beyond the matchup — and about the area local organizers call the Bold North.
If you’re watching from home
It’s Eagles vs. Patriots in the Super Bowl, and ESPN.com has you covered for the 2017 NFL playoffs.
Kickoff is Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can watch it on NBC.
The halftime performer is: Justin Timberlake. P!nk will sing the national anthem, while Leslie Odom Jr. will perform “America the Beautiful.”
The U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which opened in 2016 has a capacity: About 65,000 for the Super Bowl.
It’s shaped like … a Viking ship? Yes, that was part of the design effort from HKS Architects, which also planned the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium. Its sloped roof reaches nearly 30 stories tall at its high point.
On nice days, the Vikings open five doors, each 95-feet tall, on the west side of the stadium. It’s … pleasant. (Don’t worry. The doors will be sealed shut for the Super Bowl.)
It cost $1.13 billion to build, which is a lot for a football stadium, but … the stadium is owned and operated by the state of Minnesota and used year-round for local activities. It hosted, for instance, more than 140 early-season college baseball games in 2017. The concourse is open to the public on some winter nights for jogging and rollerblading. More than 1.6 million people visited, for one reason or another, in its first 12 months. Gov. Mark Dayton has nicknamed it “The People’s Stadium.”