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Volume 26 No. 5
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Minneapolis Looks To Host More High Profile Sports Events

Fresh off Super Bowl LII, Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium is preparing to host the Final Four in '19 and other national events, but city leaders "still have their sights" on the CFP and WrestleMania, the two biggest events "not yet in the Twin Cities' fold," according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said, "We're really finding that people love us." Meet Minneapolis President & CEO Melvin Tennant said, "We try to definitely remain humble. But I think people do notice that we've been on a good run." Christensen noted when picking the Twin Cities for major events, organizers "often cite the competition venues, the updated airport, corporate support, the army of volunteers and an 'urban footprint' with hotels in proximity to the festivities." Minneapolis' quest to host the CFP "led to a public rejection three years ago." CFP Exec Dir Bill Hancock said, "Minneapolis is definitely on the radar. We love the Twin Cities. We love the new stadium. The hotels are terrific. The other cities just had a little more to offer." Christensen noted while the CFP "won't come any sooner" than '25, Minneapolis has been "rumored as a strong possibility to land WrestleMania" in '20 or '21 (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/30).