Cross-country skiing, skijoring and tubing are just a few of the activities that visitors can witness when the American Birkebeiner International Bridge comes to Super Bowl LIVE, a 10-days fan festival around the endgame of the National Football League (NFL). Spanning almost 200 feet, the American Birkebeiner International Bridge will be constructed on Nicollet Mall over 9th Street for the 10-day free and open to the public Super Bowl festival, providing 1 million Super Bowl visitors with a flare of the Bold North.
First voyage for the Birkie bridge
The American Birkebeiner International Bridge is an iconic centerpiece of the American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest cross-country ski race, longtime member of Worldloppet & 5th stage of the FIS Worldloppet Cup 2018. This is the first and only time the American Birkebeiner International Bridge has been outside of Hayward, where it is normally assembled once per year for the American Birkebeiner “Birkie” week of festivities. The 44th Annual American Birkebeiner week of events will commence on February 22-25, 2018, only weeks after Super Bowl.
“Creating unforgettable winter experiences as part of life in the bold north is who we are at the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF),” said Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director. “During the last Birkie week of festivities, 13,500 skiers from 48 states and 23 countries skied over the American Birkebeiner International Bridge. We’re excited to celebrate and share our love of winter activity with visitors at Super Bowl LIVE 2018!”
12 trucks transporting the bridge from Hayward to Minnesota
The American Birkebeiner International Bridge spans 198’ from end to end (entrance ramp to exit ramp), with a two-lane traffic tunnel measuring 14’ 6” high that will allow traffic to cross the Nicollet Mall at 9th Street. The elevation of the top, or floor of the bridge, is 16’ high and measures an impressive 24’ wide. Delivering and constructing the American Birkebeiner International Bridge at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon will be no small task. The bridge will be transported from Hayward, Wisconsin in sections via an estimated twelve, well-orchestrated semi-trucks that will depart for Minnesota in early January. In addition to building the bridge, approximately twelve dump truck loads of snow are required to cover the American Birkebeiner International Bridge alone for the winter festivities that will take place during the festival.