Minneapolis on elite list of only 15 cities to host the Super Bowl

The Twin Cities area is preparing to host its second Super Bowl this coming Sunday. The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles (and thousands of very fortunate fans) have descended upon Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, for the big game, which will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. 

We know what you're thinking -- Minnesota is seriously cold in February. Why is such a major sporting event being held there?

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The host city for each Super Bowl is chosen several years ahead of the actual game, and the NFL reportedly has a lengthy list of requirements that stadiums must fulfill to be selected. Among these requirements, according to Sports Illustrated, are the building's ability to hold at least 70,000 fans, allowing the NFL to install ATMs that favor its preferred cards and, strangely, having at least two "top quality" bowling alleys (and three golf courses) nearby for reservations.

Minneapolis has met these requirements with two different stadiums. The last Super Bowl held in the city, Super Bowl XXVI between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, was held in the now-demolished Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. 

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Look back at Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis
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Look back at Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis
26 Jan 1992: Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins looks on during Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Reskins won the game, 37-24. Rypien was named the game''s MVP.
MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 26: Coach Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins looks to the field during Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: The cast of the Broadway musical 'Annie' performed prior to the Washington Redskins taking on the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Harry Connick Jr sings the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl XXVI between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 26, 1992. The Redskins won the Super Bowl 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 26: Don Beebe #82 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball and is tackled by a Washington Redskins player during Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Running back Earnest Byner #21 of the Washington Redskins lunges for the endzone as defensive back Kirby Jackson #47 of the Buffalo Bills tries to tackle him in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 26: Thurman Thomas #34 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball after a pass from quarterback Jim Kelly #12 during Super Bowl XXVI against the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Quarterback Mark Rypien #11 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Fans enjoying Super Bowl XXVI between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 26, 1992. The Redskins won the Super Bowl 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Quarterback Jim Kelly #12 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Cornerback Darrell Green #28 of the Washington Redskins leaps to make an interception against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Running back Gerald Riggs #37 of the Washington Redskins runs upfield on a 2-yard scoring run against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome on January 26, 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Redskins defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Gin Ellis/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Brad Edwards #27 of the Washington Redskins jumps on the back of Keith McKeller #84 of the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 26, 1992. The Redskins won the Super Bowl 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Kurt Gouveia #54 and Andre Collins #55 of the Washington Redskins tackles Andre Reed #83 of the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 26, 1992. The Redskins won the Super Bowl 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Jan 26, 1992 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - Washington Redskins MARK RYPIEN with head coach JOE GIBBS against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl 26 at Metrodome. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Sporting News via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Brad Edwards #27 of the Washington Redskins breaks up the pass to Andre Reed #83 of the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 26, 1992. The Redskins won the Super Bowl 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 26: Gerald Riggs #37 and Terry Orr #89 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after Riggs scored against the Buffalo Bills during Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota January 26, 1992. The Redskins won the Super Bowl 37-24. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, shown in this file image from January, 1992 at Super Bowl XXVI, is in serious discussions with his former club about returning to his old position, according to reports from the Washington Post, January 7, 2004. Gibbs led the Redskins to four Super Bowls in the 1980's and 90's, and then left the NFL for a very successful NASCAR career as an owner. The Redskins are looking for a head coach since Steve Spurrier resigned eight days ago, after another disappointing season that found them out of post-season play. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn/File GAC
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 3: General view as the New England Patriots celebrate after Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS MN, JANUARY 26: MVP Mark Rypien hold his daughter while being interviewed after the Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills 37 - 24 in Super Bowl XXVI at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis MN. January 26,1992. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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While hosting two Super Bowls may seem like a pretty big undertaking, Minneapolis only ranks No. 11 on the list of 15 cities that have hosted the big game the most times.

Within the 15 host cities, a total of 26 different stadiums have been or will be utilized.

See all of the host cities below: 

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Cities that have hosted the most Super Bowls
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Indianapolis, Indiana: Hosted Super Bowl XLVI

The game was held at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

(Photo via Getty Images)

East Rutherford, New Jersey: Hosted Super Bowl XLVIII

The game was held at MetLife Stadium. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Jacksonville, Florida: Hosted Super Bowl XXXIX

The game was held at ALLTEL Stadium. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Marc Serota MS)

Arlington, Texas: Hosted Super Bowl XLV

The game was held at Cowboys Stadium. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Hosted Super Bowl XXVI and will host Super Bowl LII in 2018

Super Bowl XXVI was held at the Metrodome, while the next game will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

(Photo by Matthew Hintz/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Santa Clara/Stanford, California: Hosted Super Bowl XIX and Super Bowl 50

The first of these games was held at Stanford Stadium, while last year's game was at Levi's Stadium. 

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Detroit/Pontiac, Michigan: Hosted Super Bowls XVI and XL

The first of these games was held at Pontiac Silverdome while the second was at Ford Field. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Brent Smith)

Atlanta, Georgia: Hosted Super Bowls XXVIII and XXXIV and will host Super Bowl LIII in 2019

The two games were held at the Georgia Dome. 

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Houston, Texas: Hosted Super Bowls VIII and XXXVIII and LI

The first of these games was held at Rice Stadium, while the second was at Reliant Stadium (now NRG Stadium, where Super Bowl LI will take place). 

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Blake MB/JDP)

Tempe/Glendale, Arizona: Hosted Super Bowls XXX, XLII and XLIX

The first of these games was held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, while the latter two were held at University of Phoenix Stadium. 

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San Diego, California: Hosted Super Bowls XXII, XXXII and XXXVII

All three of these games were held at Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium). 

(Photo by Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Tampa, Florida: Hosted Super Bowls XVIII, XXV, XXXV and XLIII

The first two of these games were held at Tampa Stadium, while the other two were held at Raymond James Stadium. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Carlson)

Los Angeles/Pasadena/Inglewood, California: Hosted Super Bowls I, VII, XI, XIV, XVII, XI and XXVII (7 total)

Five of these games were held at the Rose Bowl, while the first two were held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

Super Bowl LV in 2010 will be held in Inglewood at City of Champions Stadium. 

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New Orleans, Louisiana: Hosted Super Bowls IV, VI, IX, XII, XV, XX, XXIV, XXI, XXXVI and XLVII (10 total)

Six of these games were held at the Louisiana Superdome, while three were at Tulane Stadium and one at the new Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 

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Miami and Miami Gardens, Florida: Hosted Super Bowls II, III, V, X, XIII, XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI and XLIV (10 total) and will host Super Bowl LIV in 2020

Five of these games were hosted at the Miami Orange Bowl (pictured), while the others were hosted at Sun Life Stadium (previously Dolphin Stadium, Pro Player Stadium and Joe Robbie Stadium). 

(Photo by Scott B Smith Photography via Getty Images)

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