System operations kicks off Super Bowl preparations

US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis

In anticipation of Super Bowl LII, electric cooperatives are taking steps to ensure secure and reliable service for events surrounding the big game. Photo provided by the Minnesota Vikings.

As many Minnesotans prepare for Super Bowl 52, the state’s electric co-ops are also doing their part.

“We’re halting unnecessary maintenance work at our transmission facilities surrounding the metro area,” said Dick Pursley, manager, system operations. “We’re also working with our member cooperatives to ensure reliable service as many of them will have Super Bowl related activities held in their service territories.”

Planning for the Super Bowl at Great River Energy started a few months ago as cooperative members identified a need for ensuring secure and reliable electric service.

Though no Minnesota electric co-op serves the downtown Minneapolis area, many metro area co-ops serve facilities that will be accommodating visitors attending the game and venues hosting other Super Bowl related events the week prior to the game.