The Twin Cities transformed into a mecca of sports, culture, arts and entertainment the week before Super Bowl LII came to U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. U.S. Bank helped fund the festivities as a MN Super Bowl Host Committee partner, and many of its more than 10,000 local employees joined in on the fun. Here are a few of the highlights:
Above: U.S. Bank Risk Management Consultant Sherean Kolthoff helped out-of-towners navigate the skyway system as one of more than 200 U.S. Bankers who were among "Crew 52" volunteers welcoming visitors to the Twin Cities.
Above: U.S. Bank Chief Innovation Officer Dominic Venturo gave a tour of the U.S. Bank Possibilities Lounge, for which the bank took over a restaurant space for the week to give football fans a glimpse into the future of banking.
Above: At the Possibilities Lounge, Dominic practiced his touchdown dance and cheered in a virtual U.S. Bank Stadium crowd. For every move, U.S. Bank donated to local nonprofit organizations.
Above: Contessa Boorman, Chris Casey and Dominique Jones enjoyed behind-the-scenes access all week as U.S. Bank Future Leaders, a new program in which the bank recognizes young people who are making a difference in their communities.
Above: Contessa, Chris and Dom all slipped into ski boots to test out the temporary "Birkie Bridge" installed over a city block in front of the U.S. Bancorp Center.
Above: U.S. Bank Videographer John Drees glided across the Mississippi River on the Bold North Zip Line.
Above: U.S. Bank Chief Social Responsibility Officer Reba Dominski and U.S. Bank Twin Cities Market President Phillip Trier joined Visa and former professional football player Greg Jennings to teach students about money through a game of Financial Football.
Above: Several U.S. Bankers spent a day renovating the Conway Community Center in St. Paul, in partnership with the Sanneh Foundation, the Heart of America Foundation, Under Armour and others.
Above: Before the week got rolling, U.S. Bankers stopped by local nonprofit Cookie Cart to scoop dough. The organization, which provides teens with work, life and leadership skills, created special football-themed cookies that it sold in the skyway and for company parties.
Above: Back at the U.S. Bank Social Media Command Center, Brand Advertising and Social Media Head Kelly Colbert and team launched the viral Minnesota #NiceOff.
Above: U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere appeared live on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street on its temporary set in front of U.S. Bank Stadium.
Above: Former U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis, who served as chair of the MN Super Bowl Host Committee, stopped by to reflect on the week on an episode of the Power of Possible podcast.
Above: U.S. Bank Communications Manager Dan Endy had a bird's-eye view of the action thanks to his part-time role as a pressbox coordinator at U.S. Bank Stadium. Dan was also on the sideline the last time the big game came to Minnesota, Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
Above: From stadiums to banking to technology, a lot had changed since that game in 1992. This time, however, the Twin Cities will be back in the national spotlight in just a year when U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four.