Minneapolis did well in representing all that the state has to offer
It was all the frozen north has been hyped up to be, with temperatures hovering around zero for kickoff and a snowstorm the day before Super Bowl Sunday.
It was a poignant reminder of the reputation Minnesota has built.
And yet, there was a welcome to the tundra that was common throughout the week leading up to the big game. The welcoming crew, thousands strong, were a jovial bunch, despite the cold and the volunteer status.
Despite the weather, the events at Nicollet Mall, the convention center and outside the U.S. Bank Stadium were well attended. They were fun and the entire week had a festive nature.
Despite the weather, despite the sting of the home team just missing the Super Bowl in their home stadium, the city had an excited anticipation around hosting the game. From Jan. 29 (when the teams flew into the airport) to the Feb. 4, the city was excited to show off what Minneapolis has to offer.
There is always talk of hometown pride, representing one’s state with dignity because of the attachment to place or allegiance to a community. As it becomes more customary for people to move around for college, work and just to live somewhere that they did not grow up, the notion of an attachment to one specific community is a harder one to stomach every year.
Over the week leading up to the game, Minneapolis was proud to be the ones putting their city on display. Even though the city was one game away from their team representing them in the Super Bowl and even though they were forced to endure the a**hole Philadelphia Eagles fan base, Minneapolis was a great host city.
As someone who has grown up in or around Downtown Minneapolis for most of my life, not only was I proud of my city for the job they did, I was also proud to be in my community for the game. Sitting in downtown Minneapolis and the city light up in purple during the halftime show, there was a great sense of pride about being a part of the Minneapolis community.