With about 300 days until Minnesota hosts the Super Bowl, local cities are already getting ready for the big game.
More than a million people are expected to join in on the festivities and cities in the northwest metro are hoping some of those visitors will come check them out.
"We know not everybody will be able to go downtown Minneapolis, either for the festivities leading up to the game and during the actual game," said Maple Grove Economic Development Manager Carie Fuhrman. "We're hoping to offer something here in Maple Grove to the residents and visitors here in the northwest metro."
Maple Grove officials are still hashing out ideas, but some of their plans include activities at Central Park.
"Looking at potentially doing an outdoor concert, maybe the Saturday night before the game, some family friendly activities, maybe some outdoor sports for the kids, like powder puff football," explained Fuhrman.
Golden Valley officials are also mulling over ideas. Two of their events will take place at Schaper Park. The playground will be torn out to make room for a new "universal park," a first for the city.
"What that means is every 'body' not everybody, every different type of body, no matter what their ability can actually get up on this playground and play side by side with able bodied kids," said president of Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground, Harlan Lehman.
The city also plans to build an "NFL Play 60 Challenge Course." It will have interactive gadgets, including two 40-yard dash race courses. Golden Valley-based Minnesota/Wisconsin playground is constructing both structures. Both the challenge course and playground will have artificial turf, so nearly everyone can participate.
The project is a joint venture between Golden Valley, Three Rivers Parks District and Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground. They don't have a final dollar amount yet, but it will cost at least $500,000.
The newly renovated Brookview Community Center will also offer up events for Super Bowl fans. However, city officials are still working out all the details.
Sonya Goins, reporting
April 7, 2017