Minneapolis is now a contender to host an NCAA Final Four with the pending addition of the new multi-purpose Vikings stadium.
The NCAA announced Monday eight finalists for the 2017-2020 Men's Final Four: Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix/Glendale, San Antonio and St. Louis.
Minneapolis has previously hosted Final Four tournaments at the Metrodome in 1992 -- the same year the Dome hosted a Super Bowl -- and in 2011.
Partners involved in the bid are Meet Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) said in a news release.
"We are very excited that even before the new stadium has been built that it has attracted such a strong interest in premiere sporting events," MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said.
The 2013 Men's NCAA Final Four held in Atlanta, Ga. and the Atlanta Visitor and Convention Bureau estimated the events generated over $70 million for the city.
Completed bids are due in May. Committees will then spend the summer reviewing each bid before visiting each finalist city in August, September and October. Representatives from each finalist city will make in-person presentations to the respective committees during their annual fall meetings in early November 2014 in Indianapolis.
Winning bids will be announced later in November. The preliminary rounds for the 2016-18 men's basketball tournaments will also be announced in November.
The new Vikings stadium is slated for completion in 2016.
SUPER BOWL LII?
Gov. Dayton also announced Monday the state's campaign to bring Super Bowl LII to the new stadium in 2018.
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