Last Friday the NCAA announced Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019.
The city's winning bid was titled "Winning Happens Here," a bit ironic for a city that literally has not won a major sports championship since 1991. (Sorry, Lynx fans.) See also: Minneapolis Wins the Super Bowl (sort of): Top Tweets
The new Vikings stadium's capacity will be increased to increased by 6,600 to hold 72,000 people for the Final Four. The stadium's architects think the game will look something like this:
With 72,000 fans looking at 94-foot-long court, will everyone be able to see?
"The sight lines are actually really good. In our stadium the sight lines are more like an arena. It's certainly steeper than the Metrodome and the sight lines will be as good as any stadium it's been in the last few years," said Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.
The new stadium boasts 2,400 flat-screen televisions for fans to catch the action on and 34,000 of the 72,000 seats will be in the lower bowl.
After hosting the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Minnesota is set to host the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, and the 2018 Super Bowl and 2019 Final Four at the new Vikings stadium.
Minneapolis lost out on a bid last December to host the 2017 BCS Championship, but Kelm-Helgen said it's likely the MSFA will apply again.