This year Minneapolis was lucky enough to host Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles vs. the defending champs, the New England Patriots. Now before you read further, I just want to point out that no, I was not one of the lucky ones that was able to go to the game or willing to spend a few thousand dollars for a ticket…however, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a variety of the events taking place around the Twin Cities.
Super Bowl LII Opening Night
On the Monday before the Super Bowl, we attended our first event “Super Bowl LII Opening Night” at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, which actually turned out to be more of a media night. When we were first offered our tickets we weren’t sure if it was worth going to, but our tickets included a free dinner so we said why not. (If you know me you know that I’ll never turn down free food!) When we arrived we were each given a clear Super Bowl LII bag filled with a personal radio and travel size items of Old Spice and Head & Shoulders (sorry ladies, no products for us). During the event each team got an hour to be interviewed by the press, with only the coach and main stars of each team on stage and the remainder of teammates intermingling on the press floor. Honestly that proved pretty boring (minus the many cheers Tom Brady got when he shared that his favorite drink was tequila!!) so we made our way to the lower level, where I friended a granny concierge that let us use empty seats 10 rows up from the press floor. From here we were able to get in on much more activity and see the teammates, sports newscasters, and team owners from much closer up.
St. Paul Ice Palace
The next night we went back to St. Paul to visit the Ice Palace in Rice Park! Part of the 132nd Saint Paul Winter Carnival and made up of 4,000 ice blocks cut from Green Lake in Spicer, Minnesota (one block even had a walleye in it!).
After walking around the Palace and admiring the ice sculptures, we found a Super Bowl Trailer that was only there that night. Although it was a pretty cold wait outside, the inside was worth it as we could touch both a Patriots and an Eagles jersey and helmet! There were also some photo opportunities and some free posters up for grabs.
Mall of America
Taking a few nights off, our next Super Bowl LII related event wasn’t until Friday night, two days before the big game. Living only 30 minutes from the Mall of America we decided this might be our best opportunity to see some out of town celebrities. This was one of my favorite places we visited during the week simply because you could feel the energy and excitement of the guests. Although Nickelodeon Universe was shut down for a private party (AHEM the Eagles team and family!) the entire mall was very crowded and for all the right reasons. Although we didn’t do any shopping, we had dinner at Bubba Gump and saw a few Eagles teammates and cheerleaders, as well as Floyd Mayweather! They also had many photo opportunities set up and none of the lines were too long, making for an enjoyable and exciting experience.
Super Bowl Experience
Saturday morning we made our way to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the “Super Bowl Experience.” Our tickets weren’t until 11 am, but when we arrived there at 9:30 they opened the doors and allowed us to go in early. Although there were a large variety of games and activities for children, there was also many designed for adults. We were also able to see the Lombardi trophy, all the past Super Bowl rings, and take part in a virtual reality on field end zone experience. Throughout each station, we scanned a barcode and the more we scanned the more we could win, which was pretty neat. (We all ended up taking home a Super Bowl LII pin.) Before heading out we stopped by the Super Bowl LII Gear shop, each getting some clothes and memorabilia. Overall we spent about 3 hours here.
Super Bowl LIVE
Taking up the newly renovated Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, as well as many of the first level of buildings on the street, there was so much energy and stimulus here it was almost a little overwhelming. From the Hyundai Ice Rink to photo opportunities to the Kitten Bowl and free outdoor concerts there was nothing this experience lacked except maybe more space. We spent a total of just over 9 hours here, waiting in lines to take part in as many activities as we could and stopping inside a US Bank Event for some free seafood appetizers, mugs, and hot chocolate!
Bold North Zip Line
Selling out of 10,000 tickets in just 72 hours, we were so lucky and thankful we were able to take part in this amazing experience!! We all agreed that this was by far our favorite experience from the whole week and I would definitely recommend jumping on this opportunity if they ever have it again! The Bold North Zip Line took us up ten stories and across the Mississippi River, giving us gorgeous views of the Minneapolis Skyline as well.
(see my video here!!)