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Would The NFL Ever Let A City Like Philadelphia Host The Super Bowl?

Submitted by on February 6, 2014 – 11:30 amOne Comment

Now that Super Bowl XLVIII is over and the NFL has proven that they can host a Super Bowl in a cold weather city, there are going to be a lot of other cities out there that make a pitch to host the big game. Things did get a little crazy during the Super Bowl in New Jersey/New York this past weekend—the train situation both before and after the Super Bowl was a complete mess—but the game itself was not affected by the fact that it was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. So the NFL is likely going to be inundated with requests from other cold weather cities asking for the NFL to bring the Super Bowl to their town.

In fact, one cold weather city has already made a request. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter just came out and said that he thinks the City of Brotherly Love would be the perfect place to host a Super Bowl. And he’s going to make a push to try and make it happen.

“Heck, yeah, we want it,” he told reporters yesterday. “And we can do it better than anyone else.”

Nutter also told reporters how great a Super Bowl would be for the city of Philadelphia.

“It would provide a substantial economic benefit to the city and its growing hospitality sector,” he said. “It would mean an international focus on a city that is emerging as a desired destination for international visitors. And it would offer us the opportunity to market Philadelphia to a national audience. When it comes to doing big events and rolling out the red carpet, no city does it better than the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”

Nutter has a point. The Super Bowl would be great for Philadelphia. But would Philadelphia be great for the Super Bowl? Sadly, we don’t think the NFL is going to go for this idea. And we don’t really blame them. Holding the Super Bowl in New Jersey—and holding a lot of the pregame festivities in New York—was one thing. At the very least, people were intrigued by the idea of seeing how New Jersey and New York would play host to the big game. So the NFL was willing to roll the dice on the weather being a factor during the Super Bowl in exchange for all of the extra attention that the league ultimately received in New Jersey and New York. But unfortunately, we don’t think Philadelphia would create that same level of intrigue. So we don’t see the Super Bowl coming to Philly anytime soon.

Does that mean that Mayor Nutter should stop trying to bring the Super Bowl to Philly? No way. He should be calling for it, as it would be great for the city. But for now, we don’t think the NFL is going to continue to hold Super Bowls in cold weather cities. They got lucky during Super Bowl XLVIII. But they might not be so lucky next time. And the gamble simply isn’t worth it when it comes to holding a Super Bowl in a city like Philadelphia.

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