Rybak Seeks to Bring Major College Football Game to Twin Cities

Updated: 10/28/2013 7:48 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) put on a show to lure college football's biggest game.

City officials are making a strong bid to win the 2017 BCS National Championship football game. Mayor Rybak and MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen hosted a member of the BCS Selection Committee at the Vikings-Packers game Sunday night at the Metrodome.

Landing the National Championship game would bring an estimated $20 million into the Twin Cities.

Mayor Rybak says the first criteria is a first-class stadium and "in a couple years we will have the finest football facility available."

Mayor Rybak says the second criteria is a "first-class city, and hands down that is Minneapolis-St. Paul." 

Kelm-Helgen tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "I think they [BCS Committee] are taking us very seriously and they are very interested in bringing the Championship game here." 

Five other cities are in the running for the BCS Championship game. The final decision is expected sometime in November.