The Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium had its winning streak of major sporting events broken when it was passed over for the College Football Playoff championship.
New Orleans beat out Minneapolis and three other cities to host the most high-profile game in college football in 2020. Atlanta and San Francisco will host the 2018 and 2019 championship games, respectively.
The game was anticipated to have an economic impact of between $100-$300 million.
The event would have been yet another national game to make its way to U.S. Bank Stadium, which is hosting the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four games. The stadium is set to open next July.
“The remarkable U.S. Bank Stadium has already booked world class events,” said Chris Policinski, bid co-chair and president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, in a statement. “While we are disappointed, we know that we have what it takes to put on an amazing National Championship, and we look forward to doing it in the future.”
Officials are hopeful that the loss won’t turn the 65,000-seat stadium’s winning streak into a losing streak.
“We’ve already booked these two major events, and the stadium is not even completed,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. “We anticipate hosting many more events of this size in the future.”