MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Who wouldn't love a trip to Minneapolis in February? The NFL has began surprising fans across the country with an invitation to attend Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on Feb. 4, 2018. The NFL said a total of 500 free tickets will be given as a way to reward dedicated NFL fans and provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell kicked off the celebration this past weekend in Minneapolis, where he and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs surprised volunteer youth football coaches and players from the Phelps Falcons with the news that their entire 8th grade team and coaches will be coming to the big game.
The Phelps Falcons are a community team supported by the Phelps Activities Council, an organization run by volunteers who contribute more than 10,000 hours a year of their time without compensation, according to a news release.
"The Super Bowl is the ultimate sports entertainment event, but we know that tickets are out of reach for most people," Goodell said in a statement. "That is why throughout the rest of the season, we will be surprising some really special fans with tickets to the big game. It's one of the many ways we want to thank our fans for their love and support of our teams and the game, and also recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond in our communities."
Beginning this week and continuing throughout the season, fans will be surprised during tailgates, at stadiums, and even inside their own homes. More than half of the tickets – 256 of the 500 – will be given out by NFL clubs, with an additional 64 being distributed by nominees of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, along support from their teams.
The remainder of the 500 tickets – 180 – will be distributed by the NFL at league events such as fan forums, youth football clinics, and through social media and other channels. The league will also partner with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure local fans are identified, including at the Super Bowl Experience in Minneapolis, just moments before the big game.