Another Super Bowl victory for SMG

Another Super Bowl victory for SMG

📅September 4th, 2014, 10:33
Photo credit: HKS Architects

Photo credit: HKS Architects

One of our great advantages at the Knoxville Convention Center is being part of SMG’s network of more than 230 facilities worldwide, including convention centers, theaters, sports arenas, recreational facilities and stadiums. Through our connection with SMG, Knoxville has access to training, resources and best practices from venues that host some of the largest events in the world, including the Super Bowl.

SMG recently was selected by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) to sign a 10-year contract to manage the $1 billion, state-of-the-art NFL Vikings stadium set to open in July 2016. The 65,400-seat facility – which can expand to 72,000 when needed – will host the Super Bowl in February 2018.

The new stadium, already under construction, will be erected on the site of the old Metrodome. A large portion of the roof will be glass, and the stadium will include five 95-foot-high retractable doors that will pivot open to offer views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline.

Photo credit: HKS Architects

Photo credit: HKS Architects

SMG’s reputation of success gives promise to a strong foundation for the Minnesota Vikings’ new home, which will be seen by millions in 2018. The 2014 Super Bowl set a U.S. television record with 112.2 million people watching the game.

SMG manages four other NFL stadiums: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints; Soldier Field, Chicago Bears; NRG Stadium, Houston Texans; and EverBank Field, Jacksonville Jaguars. SMG stadiums have hosted nine Super Bowls over the years.

The Knoxville Convention Center is fortunate to be managed by a well-respected company with the resources and talent to put on large-scale events like the Super Bowl. The training we receive from SMG helps prepare us to host events of any size and scope in our city.