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Why Not Us? NFL Teams In Cold Climates Watching Super Bowl With Eye On Future Bids
Published January 27, 2014
WHO'S GOT NEXT? Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie said, "Many people, like myself, will be watching very closely to see how everything unfolds. The possibility of hosting a Super Bowl right here in Philadelphia is something that we definitely look forward to and would welcome with open arms. We have a great city filled with passionate football fans and a magnificent stadium to host it" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/26). In Tacoma, Craig Hill noted the Seattle Sports Commission will "send a delegation to New York" this week to "observe the hosting process." SSC Exec Dir Ralph Morton said that Seattle is "not formally preparing a Super Bowl bid." But he added, "We are trying to position ourselves so we can put it in when the time is right" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 1/25). PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio noted unless a blizzard "forces the game to be moved by a day or two -- or possibly a week -- all cities that have the infrastructure to host the game but not a roof on the local stadium will be in play for future Super Bowls" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 1/26). SI.com's Chris Burke lists eight cities that he thinks "should get to host a Super Bowl," including Las Vegas and Austin (SI.com, 1/24).
ONE YEAR OUT: In Phoenix, Caitlin McGlade notes Arizona taxpayers "may be asked to help pay" for Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Sports execs and city leaders "are lobbying for state assistance to help cover expenses associated with hosting certain major events, whether a Super Bowl or national political conventions." So far, Glendale and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee "are working separately, which means state lawmakers can expect at least two proposals." Both groups said that a "mechanism for state funding is needed to sustain the ability to host big events that bring visitor spending" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/26).