On Feburary 4, 2018 it hosted Super Bowl LII. It was the second ever Super Bowl hosted in Minneapolis. It drew a crowd of 67,612 fans. It was the first ever Zero Waste Bowl. 91% of the trash was recycled that night. In 2019 it hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four which drew a record setting sporting event attendance of 71,711 people. The stadium will be hosting other major events such as the 2020 NCAA D1 Men's Wrestling Championship and the 2020 Summer X-Games.
Taking off in 1933, the Philadelphia Eagles got their start when Burt Bell, and Lud Wray purchased the former Frankford Yellow jackets for $2,500. In 1943, the Eagles and Steelers combined their franchises for 1 year due to a shortage of players after WWII. This franchise combination was known as the “Steagles”, and they finished their season over 500, with a record of 5-4-1.
After 48 hard years, the Eagles make their first super bowl appearance at super bowl 15 (1981). Filled with high hopes, the 1980 Eagles just finished the best season (at that time) in franchise history. Breaking their (then) club record of 12 games and beating the Cowboys 20-7 for the NFC championship, the Eagles were flying over their competition. Although Philadelphia was thought to win super bowl 15, they were shut down by the Oakland Raiders 27-10. Looking at the stats from that game, it’s easy to see how the Eagles lost. Both teams had fairly similar stats from total yards, to number of first downs. However Philadelphia’s quarterback Ron Jaworski threw 3 interceptions, whereas Oakland’s quarterback Jim Plunkett threw 3 touch downs. In total, the Eagles had 4 turnovers, giving themselves less time and Oakland multiple chances to score.
Philadelphia’s next Super bowl appearance came 24 years later. After Andy Reid became their head coach in 1999, the Eagles quickly became a problem for their division. 6 divisional championships later the Eagles met the New England Patriots at super bowl 39 (2005). A nail biting game in which the Eagles lost 24-21 when New England’s kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 22yrd field goal, with a couple minutes left in the 4th quarter. Doubling back to the stats, the Eagles played a good game. Although Philadelphia’s quarterback Donovan McNabb threw 3 touch downs and 324yrds, he also threw 3 interceptions. Similar to Philadelphia’s last super bowl appearance they had 4 turn overs, which in turn took a plethora of time away from them scoring.
Another 13 years later the Eagles make it back to the super bowl for a 3rd time. Once again facing the Patriots at super bowl 52 (2018), but with a different outcome. Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-33 victory. This win was significant to Pennsylvania because the Eagles made history by not only taking their first super bowl victory, but by also adding themselves on the exclusive list of teams to beat Brady and Belichick in the super bowl. Arguably the greatest quarterback, and head coach of all time, the only team to beat Brady and Belichick in the super bowl (prior to 2018) was the New York Giants. Although seen as the underdogs, the eagles met the patriots head on with consistent hard hits and fast plays which lead to the 41-33 win.