You'll soon be able to zipline across the Mississippi
MINNEAPOLIS - Calling all thrill-seekers! You will soon be able to zipline across the Mississippi River leading up to this year's Super Bowls.
They call it the Bold North Zip Line and considering January's chilly temps, it most certainly will live up to its name.
Starting near the Nicollet Island Inn and soaring across the river right along the Hennepin Avenue bridge, riders will fly more than 100 feet in the air and continue for 800 feet to reach the other side.
The "once-in-a-lifetime" event is presented by XOOX and is part of Super Bowl LIVE. The zipline will run for 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl.
“Hosting the Super Bowl in Minnesota feels like a thrill ride in its own right, so we figured why not provide this thrilling opportunity to each of our one-million visitors,” said Maureen Bausch, CEO for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. “The Bold North™ Zipline is one of the many ways the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is working to create a truly unique experience in Minnesota with something for everyone to enjoy.”
Pre-sold time slots are available for each day, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4. Tickets to ride are $30.
Limited tickets (10,000) are available and onsite registration will be based on first come, first serve.
You must be at least 75 pounds and no more than 275 pounds to ride the zipline. The minimum age is 10.
For more information and to pre-register a time slot, click here.
Lions, Bears fire head coaches
Both the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are shopping for new head coaches, after both Jim Caldwell and John Fox were fired Monday.
Published: 10:59 AM CST January 1, 2018
Things are going to look different in the NFC North next year.
The 2017-18 season had barely wrapped up when the Detroit Lions announced they were kicking Jim Caldwell to the curb. Early Monday the Chicago Bears assigned John Fox the same fate.
Caldwell led the Detroit Lions to three winning records in his four seasons as coach, but the team's inability to do anything more ultimately cost him his job. He and offensive line coach/assistant head coach Ron Prince were sacked on Monday morning, one day after they closed the season with a 35-11 win over the Green Bay Packers.
And this is not great news for Vikings fans who have enjoyed a rejuvenated offense: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Lions have asked for permission to speak with Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur for the head job.
The writing was on the wall for John Fox, who led the Bears through three miserable, losing seasons.
Fox joined the Bears in 2015 after he was fired by the Denver Broncos. But Chicago finished below .500 in all three of Fox's seasons at the helm. The former Carolina Panthers coach also never led the Bears to a finish better than last place in the NFC North
With eight to 10 projected vacancies this year, the Lions and bears could have competition for some of the top candidates.
The New York Giants job, considered one of the best in the NFL, came open last month, the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts jobs came open Sunday and the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals are among other expected vacancies.
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Vikes' Duck, Duck, Gray Duck TD celebration tops players' choice
Duck, duck, gray duck ... or goose ... for the win.
Author: KARE 11 Staff
Published: 12:26 PM CST December 27, 2017
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The highly entertaining Duck, Duck, Gray Duck touchdown celebration is officially a winner -- at least according to the majority vote of 151 players across the NFL.
According to a poll by ESPN of dozens of NFL players across the league, Kyle Rudolph's "Duck, Duck, Gray Duck/Goose" post-touchdown game was the favorite endzone celebration with 35 votes, or 23 percent of the total.
ESPN states on its website, "Rudolph gets creative after connecting with QB Case Keenum for a 13-yard score in the third quarter of the Vikings 20-17 win over the Bears in Week 5. Upon catching his second touchdown pass of the season, eight of Rudolph's teammates sit in a circle in the end zone as the tight end strikes up a good old-fashioned game of “duck, duck, goose.” Or, is it “duck, duck, gray duck”? Rudolph came up with the idea in the huddle during the play before the Vikings scored. “Apparently in Minnesota they call it duck, duck, gray duck,” Rudolph said. “We call it duck, duck, goose.”
The much-debated gray duck vs. goose controversy may never be resolved but at least everyone can agree it was an awesome way to bring in the new era of league-approved touchdown celebrations.
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Harrison Smith named NFC defensive player of the week
After being snubbed for this year's Pro Bowl roster, Smith gets some credit for his performance against the Pack.
Author: KARE 11 Staff
Published: 10:02 AM CST December 27, 2017
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, thanks to his performance against the Packers last week.
Smith nabbed two interceptions off Brett Hundley, marking his first career multi-interception game.
He's now at five for the season, which ties his career high.
Smith also tallied seven tackles (including five solo), two pass breakups, one tackle for loss and one quarterback pressure, according to a release from the Minnesota Vikings.
This is Smith's first NFC Player of the Week award -- and the third for the team (Bradford, Week 1; Forbath, Week 7). Everson Griffin earned the October Defensive Player of the Month award and Case Keenum grabbed the November Offensive Player of the Month award.
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HCMC prepares for Super Bowl 52
HCMC is located closer to the stadium than any other hospital has been in Super Bowl history.
Author: Melissa Colorado
Published: 10:11 AM CST December 26, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS - Hennepin County Medical Center is located just feet away from the home of Super Bowl 52, US Bank Stadium.
"The hospital is located closer to the stadium than any other hospital has been in Super Bowl history," said Dr. John Hick, associate medical director of HCMC's Emergency Medical Services.
And according to Dr. Hick, that proximity is both a blessing and a curse.
"Traffic around the campus is going to be significantly disrupted. We're going to have barriers right up to the sidewalk," said Dr. Hick.
"We've had to work carefully with the city to make sure that ambulance access is a priority," said Dr. Hick.
The hospital is also prepared to handle a surge in frostbite cases, given the number of out-of-state football fans that will be visiting the Twin Cities in February.
"The weather is a huge concern," said Dr. Hick. "It seems like downtown [Minneapolis] is pretty compact. When it's 10°, it's not."
Bars in downtown Minneapolis will remain open until 4 AM during Super Bowl week.
"Alcohol and cold are not a good mix. It's a very deceptive thing. Because cold sneaks up on you," added Dr. Hick.
"We're working with the downtown council and a lot of other organizations to keep people safe," said Dr. Hick. "We're going to have to really keep a close eye on patrons leaving to walk outside, if it's really cold and they're underdressed. We've got to make sure that they've got a safe way to back to their hotel."
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Vikings blank Packers 16-0, keep eye on bye
Minnesota left frigid Lambeau Field with its first shutout since 1993. It was the first shutout over the Packers since 1971.
Published: 11:13 PM CST December 23, 2017
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings shut out an opponent for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, beating the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers 16-0 on Saturday night to stay in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye.
Stefon Diggs caught a 4-yard pass from Case Keenum just inside the back line of the end zone in the first quarter for the only touchdown. The Vikings (12-3) have already clinched the NFC North and can secure a bye if Carolina loses or ties on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
The Vikings forced an incompletion into the end zone on fourth-and-4 from the 14 early in the fourth quarter to turn away the Packers' last best effort to get into the end zone. Safety Harrison Smith ended another Green Bay drive with an interception at the Minnesota 5 late in the second quarter.
Minnesota left frigid Lambeau Field with its first shutout since a 13-0 win over Detroit on Dec. 5, 1993. It was the first shutout over the Packers (7-8) since Nov. 14, 1971.
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Super Bowl zipline will have riders gliding 100 feet over Mississippi River
A rendering of where the zipline will cross the Mississippi River in Minneapolis during the Super Bowl.
SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE
Super Bowl visitors may want to pack a face mask and goggles if they're going to partake in a zipline that sends riders across the Mississippi River at heights of 100 feet.
Whistler, Canada-based Ziptrek Ecotours will build a tower near Nicollet Island Inn and launch people 750 feet across the river at speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour. Riders will land on West River Parkway.
The "Bold North Zipline" will have four lanes and run during the 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl. Backpack company XOOX is sponsoring the zipline.
Rangers and Gems supplied by Medina-based Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) will transport guests from Nicollet Mall to the launch tower and then back to Nicollet Mall.
Ziptrek Ecotours also built a zipline for the Indianapolis Super Bowl in 2012. It was 94 feet high and traveled 800 feet across the city’s downtown. It also did one for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Of course, Minneapolis tends to be a bit colder than Indianapolis in early February, with average daily highs around 25 degrees and overnight lows around 9 degrees. Weather may also determine whether or not people are gliding over open water or ice.
Mayor-elect Jacob Frey, who currently represents Nicollet Island and downtown on the City Council, said he will be the first to cross the river.
Ticket information will be available on the Super Bowl Host Committee's website. A price wasn't immediately available. It cost $10 in Indianapolis.
Zipline across the Mississippi River added to Super Bowl festival
They didn’t brand it the Bold North Super Bowl for nothing.
In the 10 days leading up to the game Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium, the brave and the daring can show their mettle and embrace winter by flying 100 feet above the Mississippi River on the “Bold North Zipline.”
Canada-based Ziptrek EcoTours will set up four towers to support four zip lines starting on Nicollet Island. The hardy will buzz aloft for 750 feet and land on the West River Parkway.
Polaris will run shuttles to the ride from the Super Bowl Live event, featuring free concerts on Nicollet Mall.
Interested daredevils must sign up in advance through the Super Bowl Host Committee website. The zipline will cost $30 per person.
Former Minnesota Viking Robert Griffith, who now lives in Los Angeles, is sponsoring the event with his nascent backpack company XOOX.
The zipline hours will be mostly after dark, perfect for seeing the city’s twinkling skyline. Weather conditions are, of course, to be determined.
This river crossing sits just above the Stone Arch Bridge and Saint Anthony Falls with the Grain Belt sign, the Guthrie Theater and the stadium to the left and the rest of the skyline to the right.
Depending on temperatures, the river could be frozen solid, chunks of ice or rocking and rolling.
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Jacob Frey, now a City Council member, expects to be the first one to take the ride.
That prompted Super Bowl CEO Maureen Bausch to say, “You truly are a ‘Bold North’ mayor.”
She described the river as the longtime lifeblood of the city and the state.
Frey added, “The Mississippi River is so emblematic of everything that is Minneapolis and Minnesota and America.”