Construction on the nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis is still weeks away but already the bold and glassy venue could be on track to host America’s premier sporting event.

Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley confirmed Tuesday that Minneapolis is one of three cities still in the running to host Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 2018.

Other cities in the mix are Indianapolis and New Orleans hosts of the 2012 and 2013 Super Bowls respectively.

“Excellent!” Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Tuesday upon learning the news. “But it shouldn’t be a surprise because of course it should be in a great stadium and a great city.”

League owners are expected to make a final decision on the Super Bowl site at their spring meeting in Atlanta next May said Brian McCarthy an NFL spokesman.

“To me the most exciting part of this is it is just the beginning of what I think are going to be many amazing economic development opportunities that this stadium is going to attract” said Michele Kelm-Helgen chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority which is overseeing construction of the $975 million multipurpose stadium. “The impact I think is going to be significant.”

Kelm-Helgen said that the game and the weeklong buildup to it could generate more than $300 million for local hotels restaurants and other businesses based on economic impact studies in cities that hosted the Super Bowl in recent years.

If Minneapolis is selected for the 2018 game it would mark the second time the event has come to the Twin Cities. The Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins played the 1992 Super Bowl at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome which is scheduled to be razed early next year to make way for the new stadium which is expected to open in July 2016.

The Super Bowl Advisory Committee pared the list of finalists for the 2018 game from six to three Tuesday — Tampa Bay Dallas and Miami also submitted bids for the game — after Vikings owner Mark Wilf “made a pitch” to committee members and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL owners’ quarterly meeting in Washington D.C. Monday Bagley said.

In promoting the Twin Cities and the state Wilf “brought up that our organization worked with our political leaders for more than 12 years to secure a new stadium for our team” Bagley said. “He also pointed out that during that long and contentious debate the Vikings made a commitment to hosting a Super Bowl in Minneapolis.”

The team has been working on the Super Bowl bid with Meet Minneapolis and an organizing committee led by Rob Moor of the Minnesota Timberwolves ever since the stadium financing legislation was approved in May 2012.

Now that Minneapolis is on the shortlist for 2018 the group will organize a host committee in coming weeks and “put together a full-court press and try and deliver this event” Bagley said.