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New Vikings Stadium News & Notes - 11/14

NCAA Final Four Host City Selection Takes Place Today

At 4:30 p.m. today, the NCAA will announce the host cities for the 2017-2020 Men's Final Fours. After being selected as one of eight finalist cities for the four year span, the Minnesota Final Four Bid Committee hosted NCAA officials on a site visit in August before delivering their "Winning Happens Here" presentation to the NCAA earlier this week. If Minnesota is selected, the tournament would be the second major event to be awarded to the new Vikings stadium in the last six months. Super Bowl LII (2018) was secured this past May.

Super Bowl Host Committee Co-Chairs Name Maureen Bausch as CEO

Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Co-Chairs Doug Baker, CEO, Ecolab; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former chair and CEO, Carlson Companies; and Richard Davis, chairman, president, and CEO, U.S. Bank, have named Maureen Bauschas the committee's Chief Executive Officer. Bausch, who currently serves as Mall of America's Executive Vice President of Business Development, will begin her new duties on December 15, 2014.

Bausch, who has been with Mall of America since 1990, has extensive experience in creating and building brand awareness, managing large-scale events, marketing and sales, media relations and guest services. Over the past 24 years, she has helped build Mall of America into an internationally-recognized brand that entertains over 40 million people each year and generates more than $3 billion in positive economic impact to the State annually.

"We are thrilled with the co-chairs' selection of Maureen as the Super Bowl Host Committee CEO," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf."Through our long-time partnership with Mall of America, the Vikings have grown to know Maureen well, and we are extremely confident she will accomplish big things in this endeavor. We look forward to her work in bringing the world's marquee sporting event to Minnesota's new multi-purpose stadium."

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Construction Continues Despite Cold Weather

Earlier this week WCCO-TV aired a story regarding construction work on the new Vikings stadium and the continued progress despite the unseasonable cold weather. Reporter Reg Chapman said not only is cold weather not inhibiting work, but Mortenson has actually added 10% to its workforce in recent days in order to build enclosures to help keep the cold weather at bay.

"This is what we do. We're from here. We live here. We understand it," said Mortenson Construction General Superintendent Dave Mansell.

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