Cold-weather NFL owners already lobbying to play host to Super Bowl

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Cold-weather cities are lining up to host the Big Game. (USATSI)
Cold-weather cities are lining up to host the Big Game. (USATSI)
Now that New York and New Jersey have successfully staged a Super Bowl, expect other cold-weather cities to bid on the rights to host the biggest spectacle in American sports.

(Please pay no attention to the snowstorm that hit the region and canceled and delayed flights in the hours after the Seahawks annihilated the Broncos.)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been open about his interest in bringing the game to New England for some time.

"I'm a great supporter of playing this game in all elements,” Kraft said Friday, via the Boston Globe's Ben Volin. "There are a group of us that really wanted it here, and the NFL has been very supportive of that."

And in May, Kraft said, "We would love one day to hold it here, if it's a good experience [in New York/New Jersey]."

Super Bowl week couldn't have gone much smoother, a fact that wasn't lost on Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who has begun lobbying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of the Bears to bring a Super Bowl to the windy city. Chicago hosted the NATO summit in 2012, an event Emmanuel likens to hosting the NFL's most important game.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has also thrown his name into the hat.

“Philly would be a great place to host it. It has everything,” Lurie said last week, via the Associated Press. “All the infrastructure, fourth-largest city in the country, state-of-the-art stadium and great fan base.”

And Redskins owner Dan Snyder wants to bring the game to the DC area.

“We want a Super Bowl here, we deserve a Super Bowl here,” Snyder said in the fall. “It's the nation's capital, it makes all the sense in the world.”

Glendale, Ariz., will have the Super Bowl in February 2015, then it's Santa Clara, Calif. (2016) and Houston (2017). The 2018 field has been narrowed to Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans (all domed stadiums). Which means that the next cold-weather city to get a shot at the Super Bowl won't come until 2019.

Not surprisingly, Goodell has been noncommittal on the NFL's long-term Super Bowl plans.

"We know there's interest in other communities hosting the Super Bowl," he said Friday during his Super Bowl press conference. “I think the ownership -- we'll all sit back and review that when we're done, but we have a very aggressive process in how to select cities. The ability to host a Super Bowl is more and more complicated, more and more complex, because of the size of the event and the number of events. So the infrastructure's incredibly important. We're well over 30,000 hotel rooms needed even to host the Super Bowl. So there's some communities that may not even be able to do it from an infrastructure standpoint, but we know the passion's there.”

The requirement for 30,000 hotel rooms takes Green Bay off the list, as well as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. But this is obviously about more than adequate lodging. It's a week-long, high-profile event leading up to one of the biggest television events of the year.

“There's been a lot of planning for a lot of months and even years in making this Super Bowl successful, and that's in large part because of the broad metropolitan area that we're in,"Goodell said. "Super Bowl Boulevard is an incredible opportunity for us to share this with our community here in the New York/New Jersey region. That's what football's all about. That's what the Super Bowl's all about."

 
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