The Road To MetLife Stadium: Cold Weather Cities Hoping Success Of Super Bowl XLVIII Will Lead To Future Venues Up North

The Road To MetLife Stadium was an extremely successful adventure. Well, at least if you were the Denver Broncos. Not only were the Seattle Seahawks victorious, but so was the FOX Television Network, the advertisers, the halftime performers and both cities who shared in the Super Bowl XLVIII hosting duties. Yes, the weather was the predominant storyline heading into Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The NFL was confident that everything would go well, but the media and the fans were slightly less sure of everything going as planned. Now, granted, a rough weather system did breeze through the area the next day, meaning that everyone was quite fortunate that everything went as planned on Super Bowl Sunday, where the area actually was able to benefit from above-average temperatures for early February. Due to the overwhelming success of Super Bowl XLVIII in a cold weather city, other venues up north are hoping that they will now receive a future opportunity to host the biggest sporting event of the year down the road.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’m working as part of the Road to MetLife Stadium Preferred Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving special access to MetLife events and be conducting reader giveaways, with prizes provided by MetLife and Sony Electronics. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

We know that it will not happen for four more years, at the earliest. The 2015 Super Bowl will be played in Glendale Arizona, with 2016 taking place in Santa Clara, California and 2017 kick off in Houston, Texas. In 2018, the finalists have been narrowed down to Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans, which all have an indoor stadium. That means that if cold weather cities who do not have an indoor stadium will have to wait until at least 2019 to have a chance at hosting the Super Bowl.

If they are afforded that opportunity, expect quite a few to jump at the chance.

“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.” Months before Super Bowl XLVIII, Kraft had already made his feelings know, saying “We would love one day to hold it here, if it’s a good experience [in New York/New Jersey].”

But, Kraft is not alone. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel, had already been pushing for a Super Bowl at Soldier Field. Still, he will have even more competition.

Philadelphia Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, has also stated his desire to bring the Super Bowl to the City of Brotherly Love. “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, you can also count another NFC East team looking to host the big game, with Washington Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, making it clear that he feels as if the area would be ideal for such an occasion.

“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.”

Perhaps, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will work on a compromise with Snyder. If he changes the team nickname, he will give him the right hold the Super Bowl.

Goodell did say that other non-traditional cities have mentioned an interest in hosting Super Bowl duties in the future.

“We know there’s interest in other communities hosting the Super Bowl,” Goodell 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. 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. 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.”

Only time will tell if New England or Chicago or Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. will get to experience that same feeling.

I hope that you have enjoyed the coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII as well as all of the story lines leading up to The Road To MetLife Stadium. Make sure to stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for more coverage and recaps as well as analysis of last night’s game in MetLife Stadium, as well as a look ahead to where the Broncos and Seahawks go from here.

Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.

Make sure to follow all of the latest on Twitter by using the #Road2MetLifeStadium and tag @MetLifeCentral, as well as checking back early and often to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest information regarding Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium between the Broncos and Seahawks!



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About the author

Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.