Super Bowl LII , the 52nd Super Bowl and the 48th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, was an American Football game played to decide the NFL's champion for the 2017 season. The National Football Conference ​ (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles ​ defeated the American Football Conference ​ (AFC) and defending Super Bowl LI ​ champions New England Patriots ​ 41-33, to win their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. The game was played on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis , Minnesota , [10] and was the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Background

Host-selection process

On October 8, 2013, the league announced the following three host finalists: [12] [13] [14]

Minneapolis was selected as the game's site at the league owners' meeting in Atlanta on May 20, 2014. [20]

Pre-game notes

Operations

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota , will host media day events and press conferences. More than 5,000 media members are expected to come to the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl. For coordination of the game and 10 days of events, the National Football League will temporarily operate an events office within the Minnesota Vikings office building next to U.S. Bank Stadium. [21] More than one million visitors are expected to attend events associated with the Super Bowl over ten days. [22]

Admission tickets to the game and related events, as well as parking, received state tax exemptions. [23] Increased security operations around U.S. Bank Stadium will close the stadium's light rail station for 48 hours before the game, [24] and a nearby homeless shelter will temporarily relocate outside of the security perimeter. [25]

Associated events

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee will present Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. [26] This ten-day concert series will feature Sheila E. , The Revolution , Morris Day and The Time , and The New Power Generation , musicians from Minnesota who collaborated with Prince . Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis , Super Bowl Live will also include performances by Idina Menzel , Soul Asylum , The Suburbs , Bob Mould , Sounds of Blackness , Dessa , VocalEssence , Mint Condition , and The Jets . [27] The NFL will present the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center . [26] [21] [28]

The Minneapolis Armory will host a series of concerts close to U.S. Bank Stadium [10] headlined by Jennifer Lopez . [30] The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 's Mystic Lake Casino will host The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line at a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m 2 ) traveling nightclub . [10] [30] Dave Matthews Band will perform at Xcel Energy Center . [30]

Other events will be held at the Mall of America, Saint Paul's RiverCentre [11] and Xcel Energy Center, [10] the Minnesota Vikings' Winter Park location in Eden Prairie , and the University of Minnesota . [33] "Taste of the NFL" is a fundraiser for food banks and will be held in Saint Paul . [10]

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival will take place leading up to, during and after the Super Bowl. [10] Carnival organizers announced, [10] then cancelled, [10] plans to build a large ice palace to coincide with the Super Bowl festivities, as with Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. [10] Events in Saint Paul will also include an extreme sports demonstration, a "giant slide", and a block party. Officials in the capital city hope to attract Minneapolis Super Bowl visitors. [39]

ESPN will broadcast from the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. [40]

Broadcasting

NBC will hold the rights to Super Bowl LII. Taking advantage of the 2018 Winter Olympics that begin five days later (marking the first time since 1992 that a single broadcast network will air the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in the same year), NBC disclosed plans to offer advertising packages that cover both events. [41] Mike Tirico , who replaced Bob Costas for the 2017 season as NBC's lead NFL studio host, and as primetime host of NBC's Olympics coverage, will not participate in coverage of the Super Bowl in order to prepare for the Games in Pyeongchang . [42]

NBC's lead-out program will be an episode of This is Us , [43] alongside a special episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from the Orpheum Theatre . [44]

Entertainment

Halftime show

Justin Timberlake will be headlining the Super Bowl LII halftime show. [9] [45] Timberlake performed in two previous Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 as a member of NSYNC , and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 with Janet Jackson . [46] [47]