Chicago entering mix to host a potential Super Bowl

Chicago entering mix to host a potential Super Bowl
February 4, 2014, 8:30 am
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Scott Krinch

The "cold-weather Super Bowl" era is upon us and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

With the success of the first ever New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, NFL owners from teams in cold weather markets have already begun lobbying to host a future big game.

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Count Chicago in.

According to the Associated Press, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already begun lobbying NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of the Bears for a potential Super Bowl at Soldier Field. Chicago hosted the 2012 NATO summit, which Emanuel drew comparisons to hosting a Super Bowl.

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Before Sunday's big game, Goodell wouldn't commit to the NFL choosing another cold-weather location for a Super Bowl. Although the success in New York/New Jersey over the weekend could sway a future decision.

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

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Other cities that have already begun pushing for a Super Bowl include Denver and Philadelphia. Two other cities rumored to have interest are Washington and New England.

The earliest a cold-weather venue could a host a Super Bowl is 2019.