A Super Bowl in Pittsburgh? Tourism agency says "it can happen"

The head of the Pittsburgh area’s official tourism agency believes the Steel City should host the Super Bowl.

Joe McGrath, president of Visit Pittsburgh, says that he thought Pittsburgh should have built a domed stadium in an effort to get a Super Bowl, but now that the NFL has awarded an outdoor Super Bowl to New York/New Jersey, he thinks Heinz Field should be in the mix.

I’d be more than happy to put in a bid for it,” McGrath told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I tried to convince the Steelers before they built the new stadium to put a dome on it. Frankly they said, ‘Our fans won’t go for that.’ I said, ‘But we can get a Super Bowl.’ They said, ‘Eh, we get enough.'”

But McGrath says he believes the Steelers’ ownership could press the case for Pittsburgh hosting the game.

“Certainly the Rooneys and the Steelers’ organization and those ins with the National Football League — it can happen,” he said. “I wouldn’t put it out of mind.”

If McGrath is trying to talk up Pittsburgh as a big-time city worthy of attracting big-time events, he’s just doing his job. But if he actually thinks a Super Bowl is coming to town, he’d be wise not to hold his breath.

47 responses to “A Super Bowl in Pittsburgh? Tourism agency says "it can happen"

  1. In terms of historic franchises that should host a super bowl who haven’t, the Steelers are #1 on the list. I think it’s too risky though, how many game winning or game tying field goals are missed in the final seconds of the game there? It’s awesome for playoff home field advantage, but the super bowl? I think it’s a little excessive. I don’t think the new stadium in NY will be any better though.

  2. “I tried to convince the Steelers before they built the new stadium to put a dome on it. Frankly they said, ‘Our fans won’t go for that.’ I said, ‘But we can get a Super Bowl.’ They said, ‘Eh, we get enough.'”
    HAHA….we get enough! HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!

  3. If there can be a Super Bowl in the booming metropolis of East Rutherford, NJ why not middle-of-nowhere PA?? If nothing else it will give all NFL fans who travel to the region a chance to hear about how many rings the Steelers have. I’m not sure their obnoxious fan base has rammed that down the throat of fans from coast to coast yet and this sounds like the perfect opportunity…

  4. It’s better to win SBs than host SBs.
    If New Jersey gets a SB, why not Pittsburgh?

  5. Impossible – no clubs that are hip enough for Maxim and Playboy to hold their pre-Super Bowl parties in town.
    Super Bowl in Vegas? Now THAT’s the ticket!

  6. Oh the horror!! Who the hell would want to travel to that sh*thole??? Don’t get your hopes up Squeelers, you’re team won’t be in it! haha

  7. ItalianArmyGuy says: July 15, 2010 8:16 AM
    Impossible – no clubs that are hip enough for Maxim and Playboy to hold their pre-Super Bowl parties in town.
    ——————————————————
    Apparently you never saw the youtube clip of the club/bar in Pittsburgh where you ring a bell and a midget comes down a pole and pours a shot.
    That and PNC are the only things in that craphole worth anything (Yes I have been there for a Tech conference.)

  8. That might be a violation of little ben’s parole…..all of those women in town at one time…no way he could control himself…..

  9. I don’t see why a Superbowl can’t be played in cold weather or even a snow storm. Isn’t that how the game is played during the season and don’t those games count as to how a team gets to the superbowl. Don’t change the rules as to how the game is played just for the comfort of the rich corporate America.

  10. Nonsense like this is the what the League opened itself up to when it put the SB in NJ. Nothing against Pittsburgh, I have been there many times and enjoyed it very much, but it’s not a Super Bowl city.
    It’s the hotel rooms, stupid. This is why SBs are held in cities frequented by tourists. It’s not just the weather- you need thousands of avaible hotel rooms, and Pittsburgh doesn’t have it.
    The only exception is if the league secretly promised you one (Indy, Detroit, Jax) if you built a new stadium with public funds. Apparently no such promise was made in Pburgh, or they would already have been given one because Heinz field is almost 10 years old.
    So unless they can get cruise ships up one of those rivers (ala Jax), I think they are out of luck.

  11. Amazing how so many of you get on Steelers fans for always bringing up the number of Super Bowls they have won. OK, so a lot of them may be obnoxious. Still, I’ll bet if the Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Eagles, or any other team had that many titles their proud fans would bring it up, too. Seriously, who are all of you kidding?
    Why not bring a SB to Pittsburgh? I’ve been there a few times and it is a wonderful city, just like most NFL cities are. If there can be one in NJ, then every team should get a realsitic shot … as should Green Bay, too.
    Give it a rest fellas.

  12. there both dumps nj and pitts-burgh,why not host a super bowl in pittsburgh,only people who would suffer are the local merchants

  13. I don’t see why a Superbowl can’t be played in cold weather or even a snow storm. Isn’t that how the game is played during the season and don’t those games count as to how a team gets to the superbowl. Don’t change the rules as to how the game is played just for the comfort of the rich corporate America.
    ——
    First of all the point of football is entertainment. Sports are meant to attract fans. And while I don’t mind sitting in freezing cold weather with a beer and no shirt a lot of people do. And it is a valid concern.
    Second of all the Superbowl is different than other games. It should be decided by the players on the field, not by which players are more used to the cold because they play in it during the year.

  14. I’ve never seen a more disgusting city than Detroit and they hosted a Super Bowl.

  15. Typical Pittsburgh arrogance. Smithopher – historic franchise? Are we talking about the Packers, Bears, Giants here? Yes the Steelers have won many titles but historic? Come on.
    Also, besides the weather issue – which could be worse than NY – the city is SMALL. Enough hotel rooms? NO.. It’s even harder than heck to get there. How many direct fligts to Pittsburgh from major cities? If we’re going to look at even worse weather than NY and a smaller city then go to Green Bay. Now we’re talking historic.

  16. The areas surrounding Pittsburgh are nice to visit. The city itself is rather “meh” at best. No offense to anyone who lives there, but the city itself is nothing special. I don’t think they have the infrastructure to host a Super Bowl. Just as RealityPolice has pointed out, they don’t seem to have enough available hotel space to handle the mobs of people that show up for this kind of event.
    I gotta say as well. I’m damn glad the dome idea didn’t go over well. Domed stadiums are for chumps. I hate the Steelers, but it would have been a shame if they built a dome. They’re an outdoor team, meant to play in the elements.

  17. Thank goodness they didn’t sell out on a dome.
    Pitt will never get a superbowl. I don’t think they have enough hotel rooms in the city to support one. Also, lets not forget the black eye of Heinz field, the pathetic turf. Yes I believe they finally have that issue fixed, but I would think they’d need to see it hold up for a few more seasons before risking having the big game on a mud hole.
    Also, having a superbowl in Pittsburgh would make it mathematically much more likely to see a SB game with a home field advantage. 😉

  18. No hating intended but really, Pittsburgh is simply is NOT a city where the SB should be played.

  19. Until you’ve been in Pittsburgh in late January / early February you haven’t lived!
    GO STEELERS!

  20. someone tell McGrath he’s talking about Pittsburgh. NOONE wants to go there, particularly in February, dome or no dome. They’d get one as a favor to the Rooneys with the dome, but there is no way in HELL they’d get one without.

  21. Steeler fans are tools says:
    July 15, 2010 8:20 AM
    Oh the horror!! Who the hell would want to travel to that sh*thole??? Don’t get your hopes up Squeelers, you’re team won’t be in it! haha
    ———————–
    Well lets just say its a safer place the Blatimore , Cincinnati or lmao @ Cleveland . Look up the crime states and you would need more then 2 SB wins combined all 3 teams . Owell I guess yous are left out

  22. @fan15062…you’re 100% right. As an Eagles fan I admit we would be the same way if we had 6 rings (hell even just 1), if not worse. But that’s not saying it’s not completely obnoxious when every conversation you have with a Steelers fan starts or ends with the declaration of how many SB rings the franchise has.

  23. The next cold-weather place to go to is Denver. Enough hotel rooms and capacity to host the Super Bowl. And the odds of the weather being good vs. that in East Rutherford or Pittsburgh is much better.

  24. @ fan15062 says
    Green Bay have some 14 titles and never bring it up. Chicago has like 8 and never bring it up.
    In other sports Montreal fans never bring up their 23 NHL Titles and Boston fans almost never bring up their 17 NBA titles. LA fans barely ever bring up their 16 (Probably will be 19 by 2016) titles. They just talk about the present and future.
    Yankee and Steeler fans are the only fanbase that does this. (Yankees have 27 so I can understand but the Steelers only have 6, and 2 since 1980.)
    Plus the rocket scientists in Pittsburgh say the Pre-Superbowl titles don’t count (Although Pittsburgh did have a team then.)

  25. @kdub,
    If Pittsburgh never hosted a Super Bowl, which is unlikely, you probably would never learn that the Steelers have won six(6) superbowls . . .

  26. What about the pussy teams like the Ravens who don’t “like to play in Pittsburgh on nighttime national TV”?? In their case, they won’t have to worry about, because they won’t be able to sniff a Super Bowl with that QB and head coach in place.
    It’s too cold for most teams to handle. Pittsburgh is a city for men…..not boys.

  27. ” But we can get a superbowl”….”eh, we get enough”
    that type of smuggness is why the entire rest of the NFL fanbase hopes Big Ben gets raped in turn, and Sh*ittsburgh never gets handed another superbowl. Can’t wait to see how the Best Division in Football shakes down this year!!!!

  28. C.J. says:
    July 15, 2010 9:15 AM
    The next cold-weather place to go to is Denver. Enough hotel rooms and capacity to host the Super Bowl. And the odds of the weather being good vs. that in East Rutherford or Pittsburgh is much better.
    =================
    With the crazy weather in Denver, it could be 50 degrees and sunny or -10 with a foot of snow. Quite a crapshoot, but they certainly have better infrastructure and hotel capacity than Pburgh.

  29. I heard a rumor somewhere that the Steelers have apparently won the Super Bowl or something. Maybe even more than once.
    Can anyone confirm this for me?

  30. Katmanduu says:
    July 15, 2010 9:23 AM
    What about the pussy teams like the Ravens who don’t “like to play in Pittsburgh on nighttime national TV”?? In their case, they won’t have to worry about, because they won’t be able to sniff a Super Bowl with that QB and head coach in place.
    It’s too cold for most teams to handle. Pittsburgh is a city for men…..not boys.
    _________________________________
    Yep. It’s true. A city for big burly men with lots of curly hair to keep you warm all winter. It’s also a city for inbred rednecks who drink homemade whiskey from their bathtubs and sleep with their sisters.

  31. Hahaha…..
    I love when people bring up stats from the pre superbowl era…
    Why not add in Arena bowls and an XFL title too? What about the UFL? Harvard was once a NCAA football powerhouse too!! Guess who has the most hockey championships. Shocking that it is one of the original 6 that only needed to be better than 5 other teams isn’t it?
    Anyone want to discuss their favorite Christian vs. lions?
    Any of you Greek? Because man you Greeks are the greatest Olympiads ever. From approx 700BC to 300AD, you DOMINATED the ancient olympic games. Congrats.

  32. What a shit idea. This would be worse than the tragedy that was the Super Bowl in Detroit. Other than a few just ok bars downtown, Pissburgh is a dying town, and definitely nowhere anybody wants to go on vacation. Except maybe some hicks from W Va who want to go shopping at one of the run-down malls.

  33. @ Child Please
    Get a map and an education.
    First of all, we can’t be rednecks when we don’t see the sun for 9 months.
    Secondly, Pittsburgh is not in Kentucky, so I don’t get the moonshining reference.
    And sex with our sisters is gross, although a really hot second cousin might be fun.
    So, let me give you some help so that you don’t appear to completely uneducated. I will retype your reply:
    “It’s also a city of fat yinzers that drink Iron City from dirty mugs and sleep with lying sluts in dark danky public pissers.”
    Now that might show that you have at least have a hint of geographical education. Otherwise, you should refrain from commenting.
    It was nice try however, and I applaud your attempt at both reading and writing when you could have been playing a video game. Well done!

  34. “If New Jersey gets a SB, why not Pittsburgh?
    With respect, Pitt is a run down old dirty city. Not enough quality hotels to handle a SB and media events. The noo jersey bid was a bad idea and will cause more of this unrealistic talk from citys that simply can’t handle it.
    Miami is the most qualified to continue it’s run as the city to host the most SB’s.

  35. Hell yeah, bring it on! Alternate between a warm weather and a cold weather city. This way we only have to hear the little bitches whining every other year. 2014 in Jersey and 2016 in the Steel City. 2015 should be in Miami so the pussies won’t cry 3 years in a row.

  36. Forbes magazine rated Pittsburgh as America’s #1 most livable city 2010.
    But how can you argue with the intelligent, thoroughly researched, and well stated posts from intellects such as Some Fan and SATAN567?
    Their well thought out positions on this topic have swayed my weak-minded opinion. I agree with them.

  37. We’ll see how it all goes come February and we’re getting fitted for our 7th ring and you’ll all be screaming cheat or steal or something along those lines.
    We’re the best team in the NFL as well as the #1 city to live in… Keep hatin…

  38. Child please: You are a little bit north, aren’t ya?? Pittsburgh is certainly no hillbilly, backwoods area, my friend. I mean, have you EVER been there??? I’ve been in the city several times and in the surrounding area for business more than that. I saw no rednecks and inbreds. Maybe you hang out with the wrong crowd. Hahahaha.
    As for those who feel that Pitts. doesn’t have the infrastructure … didn’t that city host the huge world-wide G20 Summit last year?????

  39. i would rather the steelers win a super bowl than host it…sorry but its the truth

  40. Pittsburgh could easily host the SB but it is never going to happen. New York is getting it because they are New York. No other cold city will get a bid after that.

  41. I think I’m more upset that some of you are bashing Pittsburgh as a city, rather than the Steelers. Listen guys, I’ve read all your nasty comments about us Steelers fans…and some of you DO have a point. I’m not one of the “obnoxious” ones, but believe me, living here you have to know at least a few (and we make fun of them too!) I have a Steelers sticker on my car – and that’s about it…no hoodies, no ridiculous jackets. Here’s my thing; I like the Steelers, and you can say what you will about them (or us fans), but please don’t knock our beautiful city. And if you must, well, then that behavior will speak for itself. PGH has a charm and geographic setting unlike any other majot American city. This place has been through a hell most of you can’t relate to – and still we manage to hold on to our pride, local culture, and funny quirks. And still we manage to get rated #1 in many different categories – including #1 city to relocate to. And yes, when you receive accolades such as this – you DO brag. It doesn’t happen to just any city. PGH has some of the most amazing historic architecture I’ve ever seen, but then, a lot of you wouldn’t know because all you look for are shiny glass towers, strip clubs, casinos and sports bars (and Pittsburgh supplies a myriad of those as well!) It takes a really intelligent person to look past the surface grit and grime, past the crappy headlines, past the Steelers, and see a city with so much potential it’s almost bursting at the seems. I purchased a 100-year old house near the center of everything for under $10K….and believe me, this place is going to be a showcase when I’m finished. I’m 43 with no mortgage and a beautiful home, in a city where complete strangers call you “honey” and wave to you on the street. Sure , we have our crime. Just like EVERY city. Because of my line of work I’ve lived in SF, San Diego, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Denver, Seattle and Phoenix. Great cities in their own rites. But I’ll tell you this: I’m never leaving Pittsburgh. I feel lucky to have found this place. It’s a hidden gem. And our PEOPLE are what make us a damn great city….not just our amazing football team. The old smoky steel mills are now gone, and there’s a new Pittsburgh on the rise. Not everyone thinks Las Vegas is the Motherland.

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