The celebration around Super Bowl LII is a chance to show off Minnesota: the music, the food, the Mississippi River landscape, the (not-very-well-compensated) dancers, the hot hangout spots where celebs will party.
So it's just a little strange that the newest Super Bowl attraction – slated to occupy nearly 200 feet of prime real estate on the centrally located Nicollet Mall – is from Wisconsin.
The American Birkebeiner International Bridge, a centerpiece of the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race in Hayward, Wisconsin, will head across the border to Minneapolis for the Super Bowl.
We've got to admit, it's pretty cool
The Birkie, as it's called, is a 35-mile ski marathon, and takes place every February. It's the largest cross-country race in the U.S.
And part of the course is this bridge, which measures 198 feet long from entrance to exit.
A dozen semis will haul the pieces over, and 12 dump trucks of snow will be used to cover it. This will be the first time the Birkie bridge is constructed outside of Hayward.
It'll sit on Nicollet Mall and cross over 9th Street, with a two-lane traffic tunnel more than 14 feet high will let cars and trucks pass underneath. If you're walking along the Birkie bridge, you'll get as high as 16 feet in the air.
The bridge will be open for all 10 days of the free Super Bowl LIVE celebration leading into the Feb. 4 game,
And then it'll have to be packed up to get back to Hayward before the actual American Birkebeiner starts on Feb. 22.
Maybe the bridge is from our rival state – but it's an iconic, impressive piece from the region. So we're OK with inviting it to our Super Bowl celebration.