Steelers Rooney: Super Bowl 'would be great' for Pittsburgh

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Steelers are interested in hosting a SB in Pittsburgh too.
The Steelers are interested in hosting a SB in Pittsburgh too. (USATSI)

The success of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York City (and New Jersey, I guess) means that we're going to see more cold-weather Super Bowls in the future. Other cities have already started pushing for their versions of the game. Add Pittsburgh to the list.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II said Thursday he'd be interested in bringing the Super Bowl to Pittsburgh at some point.

"I think it would be great for our city," Rooney said. "This, in some people's mind, is the birthplace of professional football. We certainly have a great tradition of being a football kind of town. I think it would be a great thing for us to do at some point."

Rooney basically echoed what CBS Sports Jason La Canfora wrote on Thursday. The success of Super Bowl XLVIII means more northern cities are going to get in on the act. The Super Bowl won't be limited to sunny places like Miami and San Diego or indoor venues like New Orleans and Indianapolis.

"I think in the future there's going to be more opportunities for Northern cities to bid on the game," Rooney said. "I think it would be great for our city to explore it. It's something we want to explore over the next year or so to see if there's an interest in pursuing it."

The NFL requires 30,000 hotel rooms within a 90-minute drive of the stadium; Mark Belko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the city would "need every bit of the 90 minutes" to hit that number.

You have to think the NFL would require some upgrades or additions to Heinz Field before they start to consider Pittsburgh for the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto was quite enthusiastic about the city pulling together to make everything necessary happen.

"It's always been said that Pittsburgh could not host a Super Bowl because of our weather," Mr. Peduto said. "Last Sunday proved that theory wrong. Pittsburgh is the home to football and it would be a fitting place to host a Super Bowl in the future. I look forward to working with Mr. Rooney, the Steelers, our county executive and others to make that happen."

We'll see how quickly Pittsburgh can swoop in and secure a Super Bowl. A lot goes into landing the Super Bowl and there's already a pretty big fight building to see who will land the next cold-weather game.

Pittsburgh is just one of many cities that wants in.

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