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With new stadium, Minnesota make bid for 2018 Super Bowl

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota political and business leaders say the cold-weather state would be ideally suited to host the 2018 Super Bowl in the Vikings' new climate-controlled indoor stadium.

Gov. Mark Dayton and a team of business and community leaders launched Minnesota's bid on Monday while area temperatures were below zero.

Minnesota boosters say the stadium set to open in 2016 will be a comfortable 70 degrees inside and will be connected to downtown hotels and restaurants by an indoor skyway.

Fans of snow and ice wouldn't be left out in the cold, as the stadium will feature several 200-foot-tall windows and a roof that's more than half-made of a clear, plastic-like substance.

NFL owners pick the 52nd Super Bowl site in May. Indianapolis and New Orleans are also finalists.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - As New York gets ready to host Denver and Seattle in the Super Bowl, Minnesota is going to do some dreaming about the day it may host the big game.

                  Gov. Mark Dayton and business leaders are about to unveil the state's bid to attract the NFL's marquee event.

The new stadium that will soon begin rising for the Vikings is key to the bid. Public money is paying about half of the billion-dollar replacement for the Metrodome.

The new stadium is due to open before the 2016 season.

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