A total of 67,612 spectators crammed into U.S. Bank Stadium yesterday (Sunday) as the Minnesota venue staged Super Bowl LII, its most high-profile event to date.
The game, which was watched by millions more around the world, saw the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 in a thrilling encounter. It marked the first time that the Eagles have won the Super Bowl.
U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings – who the Eagles defeated in the NFC Championship Game to reach the Super Bowl – opened in July 2016. Had the Vikings beaten the Eagles two weeks ago they would have become the first team to play in a home Super Bowl.
Yesterday marked the second time Minnesota has staged the Super Bowl, with the now-demolished Metrodome having played host in 1992. U.S. Bank Stadium was awarded hosting rights to this year’s event back in 2014 – two years before it opened.
U.S. Bank Stadium appeared to cope well with the demands of the Super Bowl, with the traditional half-time show – which this year was headlined by Justin Timberlake – requiring a quick turnaround for stadium staff.
Unsurprisingly, the cost of in-stadium food and beverages was steep. As Twitter user @justRVB posted, a ‘domestic’ can of beer cost $13, with a ‘specialty’ can setting you back $15. A bottle of water cost $6, with a bag of peanuts priced at $7.
Get real messed up for $50 pic.twitter.com/LQ2dr7gB2w
— ryan (@justRVB) February 4, 2018
This year’s Super Bowl marked the first sub-70,000 attendance since the 2012 game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Next year’s Super Bowl is scheduled for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the recently-opened home of the Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer team Atlanta United. The game will head to Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in 2020, Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium in 2021 and the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood in 2022.