This year, the culmination of the 2013 NFL season will feature a Super Bowl of historic proportion. For the first time, the league has opted to place the game in an outdoor, cold weather location instead of sunny California, Florida or an indoor stadium. Many are watching this game with baited breath, wondering how the league will pull it off and how the weather will impact the events surrounding and including the Super Bowl.
As soon as the NFL awarded this year’s Big Game to MetLife Stadium, owners around the league started a battle cry of “why not us?” with the first calls coming from Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. It’s been speculated that improvements wanted at Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, is a move to try to host the Super Bowl. Now, two other cities in northern climates are starting to look towards hosting the annual extravaganza, Philadelphia and Chicago.
NFL.com reported that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently spoke with league commissioner Roger Goodell in a bid to pitch Chicago as a host city. Emanuel told ESPNChicago, “First of all, we’ve always been good enough to host the Super Bowl….Two weeks ago, we had a bunch of world leaders here, the sixth-largest NATO summit. If we can do that, it’ll be a perfect place to have a Super Bowl.”
Excuse me, but a NATO summit is a little different than a Super Bowl. And by the way Mr. Emanuel, have you seen the condition of Soldier Field in Chicago?
Now comes word that the Philadelphia Eagles are going to undertake some stadium improvements with an eye on perhaps hosting the big game in the future. The stadium known as the Linc, is undergoing a $125 million dollar renovation. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told philly.com that he is eagerly awaiting this year’s Super Bowl to see how the game goes off.
“We’re going to watch that very carefully. I’m sure we’ve all been at phenomenal football games outside in December and January. So, absolutely, root for a decent-weather day in New York and New Jersey and we think we’ve got a great city here to host it, a great stadium, and I’m sure others feel the same way. I’m on the Super Bowl committee. When you’re bidding for a Super Bowl, the committee looks very closely at your stadium, your city and what you can host. Philadelphia would be a great host.”
So, this year when hundreds of millions of viewers tune in for the last game of the 2013 season, some viewers are going to be watching with a possible vision for the future and more cold weather, open aired stadiums hosting the Super Bowl.