Pink Will Perform The National Anthem Before Super Bowl 52 While Justin Timberlake Will Be Halftime Entertainment
Pink has been selected to perform the National Anthem before Super Bowl LII (52) on February 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was previously announced that Justin Timberlake will be the featured performer at the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.
The Pink announcement came earlier this week by the NFL. The 38-year old singer follows last year’s Anthem performer, Luke Bryan.
Timberlake will be performing during the Super Bowl for the second time as a solo artist and the third time overall. His last performance came in 2004 during the infamous “Nipplegate” incident with Janet Jackson. Before that, Timberlake performed during the 2001 game as a member of NSYNC.
As with all performers at the Super Bowl, both for halftime and National Anthem singers, Pink will not be paid for her performance. The National Football League instead covers expenses and production costs for the performers.
Super Bowl LII will take place on February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 66,200-seat stadium opened in July 2016 and is the home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.
The Minneapolis stadium hosted the 2017 ESPN Summer X Games and will host the event again this year. It will also host the 2019 NCAA Final Four.
The $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium was funded with $348 million in public funds from the state of Minnesota. The state faced a crisis when the source for that money, taxes on charitable gambling and pulltabs, initially came in well below projected levels. Revenues have rebounded, however.
As of this writing, eight teams remain in the hunt to play in Super Bowl LII, including the hometown Minnesota Vikings. Should the Vikings win two more games, they would be the first NFL team to play for a Super Bowl Championship in its home stadium.
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