The State of Minnesota is officially in the running for Super Bowl LLII.

Monday morning, Governor Mark Dayton announced the formation of a committee to attempt to land the February 4, 2018 game.

Three Twin Cities business leaders will co-chair the effort:

•     Doug Baker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ecolab
•     Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carlson
•     Richard Davis, Chairman/President/Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Bancorp

In a press release, Governor Dayton said:

The Super Bowl is the most watched annual event in the world.

In addition to game attendees, it brings over 100,000 people to the host community for a weeklong celebration.

“Hosting the Super Bowl would bring enormous economic benefits to many Minnesota businesses, as well as provide a terrific opportunity to again showcase Minnesota to the world.

Minneapolis is one of three cities in the running for the 2018 game; Indianapolis and New Orleans are the others.  The game would be played at the Vikings new stadium, which is scheduled to open on the current Metrodome site for the 2016 season.

The host city for Super Bowl LII will be announced in May at the NFL Owners Meetings in Atlanta.

Minneapolis hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.