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Americans Gear Up for Football's 'Super Bowl'


Americans Gear Up for Football's 'Super Bowl'
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Super Bowl LII is almost here. In the week leading up to the biggest sporting event in the United States, the National Football League kicked-off the Super Bowl Experience at the Minnesota Convention Center.

Children race at the family-friendly interactive theme park.
Children race at the family-friendly interactive theme park.

It's a family-friendly, interactive theme park where fans of all ages can run some of the same football drills as the pros. They kick, pass, catch and run … albeit badly when compared to the players who buckle their chinstraps and put the NFL's multibillion-dollar-a-year product on the field every week of the season.

This year's Super Bowl host city is Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its home team - the Vikings - came within one win of playing in the big game.

Drake Jackson, Vikings fan
Drake Jackson, Vikings fan

That's still a fresh wound for Vikings fans like Drake Jackson.

“My heart aches a little bit once I see Patriots and Eagles (instead of Patriots and Vikings), but you know, it is what it is … maybe next season.”

Thirty-two teams started the season in September, but now only the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots remain. The teams take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium to decide the winner of this year's Vince Lombardi Trophy; the iconic prize awarded to the winner of the NFL's championship game.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2330 UTC Sunday

The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy

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    Arash Arabasadi

    Arash Arabasadi is an award-winning multimedia journalist with a decade of experience shooting, producing, writing and editing. He has reported from conflicts in Iraq, Egypt, the Persian Gulf and Ukraine, as well as domestically in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland. Arash has also been a guest lecturer at Howard University, Hampton University, Georgetown University, and his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Ashley and their two dogs.

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