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Playoffs cut into Super Bowl 52 stadium prep time

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Heidi Wigdahl, KARE -- Excitement for the Vikings is growing but the team's success also means time to prepare for Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium is shrinking.

The NFL expected five weeks to prepare the stadium but those plans are complicated with the Vikings making the playoffs.

"I think we'll need many more people to come out and help do the work that we would've had a month to do but to do it in two weeks. So you'll probably see a call for help at some point," said Maureen Bausch, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) CEO.

The Vikings will need the stadium for a second-round playoff game on January 14 and could possibly host the conference championship game the week after.

"We want those Vikings to have the best chance to get to the Super Bowl so we're going to do everything we can to keep this stadium as intact for them as possible so it feels like a regular Sunday game. So that's our goal. It shrinks the timetable of what we have to do in this stadium," Bausch said. "So it's just a matter of a lot more overtime, a lot more manpower."

According to MNSBHC Communications Director Mike Howard, some work can still happen immediately in early January.

But there are a lot of changes that will need to be made before Super Bowl LII. For example, making more room for the media, changing security checkpoints and rebranding the stadium.

"There's many, many different camera angles for the Super Bowl and that requires taking out seats, putting in more seats, bringing the number of seats up from today's game. So all that is really rearranging the stadium. And then of course, you have the branding. There are significant partners of the NFL that need to have exposure inside the stadium. The two teams need to have a lot of branding inside the stadium. Hopefully, we'll only have to replace half of it," Bausch said.

Bausch said she is confident it will all get done, adding, "Overall, you have to finalize these last few areas and those are definitely stressful but the excitement of potentially having our home team in the game outweighs that."

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