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Push for Pittsburgh Super Bowl is all about attention

MDS posted something earlier this morning regarding the fledgling efforts to bring a Super Bowl to Pittsburgh, spearheaded by the area’s official tourism agency.   

Though the attempt to get a Super Bowl in the Steel City surely will never succeed, the effort already is a success, as far as the area’s official tourism agency is concerned. 

“Visit Pittsburgh” thrives on publicity for Pittsburgh, and getting Pittsburgh into the conversation for a possible Pittsburgh Super Bowl means that there will be more mentions of Pittsburgh in national publications and broadcasts that otherwise would not be mentioning Pittsburgh at that specific time.  Pittsburgh.

And I love Pittsburgh.  But Pittsburgh isn’t suited to host a Super Bowl because it lacks, among other things, the hotel space needed to accommodate the media and the out-of-towners who would descend on the region for the game.  Though other Super Bowl locations spread things out over a broader region, with Tampa’s Super Bowl having a strong presence in Orlando and Miami’s most recent Super Bowl seeing most of the hotel and media events located in Ft. Lauderdale, there’s no other city within an hour or so of Pittsburgh that could serve as the satellite location for any guests and events that Pittsburgh simply wouldn’t be able to shoehorn into the Golden Triangle.

In Jacksonville, the problem of space was solved by cruise ships serving as temporary hotel space.  Though we’d relish the sight of a Royal Caribbean Oasis Class barge o’humans floating up the Ohio River to the sounds of 2001:  A Space Odyssey, it’s not an option for Pittsburgh.

But, hey, kudos to Joe McGrath for doing what he can to get Pittsburgh’s name into the national consciousness.  Maybe in his next interview he’ll make the case for Pittsburgh hosting the Summer Olympics.  In Pittsburgh.

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  1. if yer not first... says: Jul 15, 2010 9:31 AM

    in your long storied history of writing and publishing stupid articles this may be – by far- the stupidest

  2. superfan99 says: Jul 15, 2010 9:34 AM

    PFT would never do something just to get attention.

  3. Burning River says: Jul 15, 2010 9:34 AM

    I don’t know, Florio.
    If the vice squad would run a few sweeps through the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, I’m sure they could empty out enough mobile homes to accommodate everyone.

  4. ampats says: Jul 15, 2010 9:36 AM

    A Super Bowl in Pittsburgh could be a good idea.
    It could create employment opportunities for IAG, Frank Burns( Pollo/Chicken) and BDrunk.

  5. XLI says: Jul 15, 2010 9:40 AM

    In an effort to sidestep any potential “pittfalls”, Pittsburgh City Officials have vowed to keep both Big & Lil’ Ben locked away during Super Bowl week… and not within 200 feet of a Chuck E. Cheese either.

  6. Kaz says: Jul 15, 2010 9:43 AM

    “Push for Pittsburgh Superbowl all about attention”
    Pittsburgh/Steelers seeking attention? What else is new.

  7. stukinappalachia says: Jul 15, 2010 9:43 AM

    Lipstick on a pig.

  8. Child Please! says: Jul 15, 2010 9:47 AM

    Pittsburgh sucks. It is literally a hole in the ground.

  9. theroc5156 says: Jul 15, 2010 9:48 AM

    Have it in Slippery Rock!

  10. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Jul 15, 2010 9:49 AM

    Thank goodness that Ben would have a 1 in 6 chance of playing in the game, and no baseless, false, completely debunked allegations could get him another 6 game suspension.
    BTW – Anyone see the news today? Another NFL player, with a crime, with an arrest, evidence, etc.. got 3 games. Luckily for him his case had real evidence against him. If it was just rumors and allegations it would have been 6 games.

  11. tomdog says: Jul 15, 2010 9:55 AM

    Lots of space on the rivers for hotel barges,and the overflow can stay in cleveland.

  12. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 15, 2010 10:02 AM

    While we are at it, let’s play one in a cornfield in Central Nebraska followed by a battle in Billings Montana.

  13. koch23jk says: Jul 15, 2010 10:06 AM

    That field is crap, worst piece of turf in the NFL. It would shame the game to have a Superbowl there…

  14. JimmySmith says: Jul 15, 2010 10:11 AM

    The problem is that all the hotels are down wind from the Pittsburgh fans so even if there were enough rooms, it fails the smell test.
    Its bad enough that the Rooneys were able to purchase two Superbowl wins, its completely unfair to let them have a Superbowl in a city that most prefer to simply fly over.

  15. thecontest says: Jul 15, 2010 10:23 AM

    I say build one stadium for the Superbowl and put in Vegas.

  16. andy reid's belt says: Jul 15, 2010 10:26 AM

    If refs would have made proper calls in the last two Stealer super bowls, Rapistburger is only an afterthought

  17. Leroy'sButler says: Jul 15, 2010 10:27 AM

    She said no.

  18. Dobre Shunka says: Jul 15, 2010 10:30 AM

    Hey, Indy makes Pittsburgh look like Paris. Now that cold weather locations are in play, I’m sure you’ll hear Green Bay and other unlikely locations go for it.
    The best Super Bowl location ever was the Rose Bowl, which is kind of ironic given how much LA hates pro football. If the league isn’t willing to restrict it to only glamorous warm weather locations, then give every NFL city a shot at the game.
    There’s been plenty of crummy cities chosen to host Super Bowls: Dallas, Indy, Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis to name a few.
    I can see it now, Super Bowl L in Buffalo.

  19. Jack in the Jack says: Jul 15, 2010 10:41 AM

    Being a Jags fan, we love to hate the Steelers. But Pittsburgh is a wonderful city. It is like no other the U.S. The people there are absolutely tremendous. I used to vacation there every year and snow ski at Seven Springs. I saw Dave Matthews at Three Rivers stadium and I just really overall enjoyed the ‘Burgh. Give them a Super Bowl. You won’t be disappointed. If any Steeler’s fans read this, I went to a little pizza joint there where they made the pies by putting two big fistful of toppings for each topping they put on. It was absolutely great. Does anyone out there know what that place is called?

  20. Dixon29 says: Jul 15, 2010 10:42 AM

    Pittsburgh is not suited for a Super Bowl. Anyone who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves.
    They may have played in several, but the city is just not suited for it. Cold weather Super Bowls is a bad idea anyway. Just like expanding the season. Every single season record will be broken due to the extra games. Quit messing with the best professional sports product in the world, you can only make it worse.

  21. thecontest says: Jul 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    Nothing can be worse than NJ!!!

  22. sneaux49 says: Jul 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    I say build a stadium somewhere near I68 and I79 and have a special parking area for tractors, ’85 pick-up trucks and ’92 Chevy’s. That would accomodate every hucklebuck cornpone in the region. But could they afford tickets?

  23. ppdoc13 says: Jul 15, 2010 10:44 AM

    They can combine the SB with the the family love convention and the man-boy love society that meet there as well. Make a real weekend of it.

  24. FrankoBollo says: Jul 15, 2010 10:45 AM

    I think they should host it in Jersey — that way ampats can stick up for his hero Lawrence Taylor, all the while telling us how awful Ben R. is.
    Call it the “Hypocrite Bowl.”

  25. SomeFans says: Jul 15, 2010 10:47 AM

    I would think Pittsburgh has ENOUGH attention with the Ben debauckle.
    They should focus on him and getting him cleaned up… or locked up.

  26. Fed up says: Jul 15, 2010 11:03 AM

    Hey! All you Pittsburgh haters? Most of whom probably have never been to this wonderful city..
    SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
    STEELERS = 6
    “Your Team” = Most likely none. And, for sure, not as many as THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS. HA!
    I hate all of you! LOSERS!!!!!

  27. salty says: Jul 15, 2010 11:04 AM

    Don’t think anyone wants to have superbowl in that cesspool! “PIT SUPERBOWL: featuring live entertainment by rapelisberger – watch Ben get drunk, rape your sister, and pee on your lawn!!! As a bonus, life size roethlisraper mannequins will be featured in every women’s restroom during the big game!! Put a quarter in to hear him say “you know you want it” or “can you fix my TV?” FUN for the whole family!!”

  28. mellowj says: Jul 15, 2010 11:05 AM

    “there’s no other city within an hour or so of Pittsburgh that could serve as the satellite location for any guests and events that Pittsburgh simply wouldn’t be able to shoehorn into the Golden Triangle.”
    Wrong.. Have you been to Morgantown,
    WV recently? There’s a hotel in just about every shopping center, and there’s one of those every couple of miles.

  29. lionstigersbears says: Jul 15, 2010 11:08 AM

    “…# if yer not first… says: July 15, 2010 9:31 AM
    in your long storied history of writing and publishing stupid articles this may be – by far- the stupidest…”
    EVERY STORY there’s some asshat poster wasting space with “this isn’t a story”, “this is stupid”, whaaa-whaaa, don’t read it then, and move on.
    It’s a GOSSIP site about football.
    Florio isn’t a journalist, he’s a guy who gets to do what he wants instead of being stuck at his desk posting on a fan site instead of working.

  30. 6_Lombardis says: Jul 15, 2010 11:14 AM

    All you reckless haters need to realize that Pittsburgh is one of the best cities in the world. We have the best football team in the league; hands down, and more innovatios have come out of Pittsburgh than many other cities. Polio vaccine, the Big Mac, a few guys named Carnegie and Westinghouse were also native to the region.
    Keep hatin, we’ll see you in February on our Stairway to 7!!!

  31. Brew_05 says: Jul 15, 2010 11:16 AM

    I’m a Browns fan who’s lived in Pittsburgh for the last 3 years, so I’m completely unbiased.
    I’m just confused as to why people think that a city that is very accustomed to weekly sellouts of sports events and just last year hosted the G-20 summit, couldn’t support a Super Bowl.
    They found space for the leaders, their entourage, protesters and literally thousands of security forces from around the world for a week….

  32. bbeer says: Jul 15, 2010 11:16 AM

    This was pretty painful to read, Florio.

  33. steelerhypocrite says: Jul 15, 2010 11:23 AM

    Ok, bad idea. Let’s see, that field turns into a POS after Thanksgiving. Is the Rooney so hard up for cash that they have to lease it out to every Tom, Dick, and Harry that wants to play a football game there? Get a real field and I’m fine with having it in that pathetic town. Besides, maybe camera’s can pan to Crosby and Malkin making out or that top Pirate…oh yeah, there isn’t one.

  34. overkil2 says: Jul 15, 2010 11:33 AM

    When I think of places that I’d like to go visit on vacation or to go check out their stadium, Pittsburgh doesn’t even come to mind.
    I can do without the inbred fans cheering about their 6 championships, of which 4 of them were 30+ years ago.
    They have a good organization but annoying fans. Not as bad a Jets fans though, but still annoying.

  35. Antoine from Charlotte says: Jul 15, 2010 11:34 AM

    It’s a shame that success breeds all this hatred. The Pittsburgh Steelers are a great organization. Enjoy your Ben bashing, but make sure you’re just as critical when someone on your team finds himself in trouble.

  36. Fed up says: Jul 15, 2010 11:38 AM

    Ok, overkil2…where are you from? Who’s your team?

  37. J.T. says: Jul 15, 2010 11:44 AM

    Umm, dude, isn’t EVERY city that pushes for a Super Bowl about getting attention?

  38. fan15062 says: Jul 15, 2010 11:48 AM

    As I said in a previous post, Pittsburgh DID host the G20 Summit of world leaders in 2009. If the city pulled that world-wide event off, I don’t see why it couldn’t host a Super Bowl.
    Just saying people.

  39. andy reid's belt says: Jul 15, 2010 11:51 AM

    Didn’t Art Rooney also have another son named Mickey?

  40. BKjetsfan101 says: Jul 15, 2010 11:56 AM

    @fed up
    overkil2 is one of the pathetic dolphin fans who comment on this site just for attention. just a bunch of self-hating idiots and bigots who nothing of anything and just talk about the jets cuz the fins suck so bad it pains them to actually talk about them. sad

  41. robert ethen says: Jul 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    Never thought I’d ever hear Pittsburgh and Super Bowl mentioned in the same sentence.

  42. Fed up says: Jul 15, 2010 12:05 PM

    Miami is a crime-infested @hithole. All the windows on all the houses are barred. When you drive thru this crap hole, you’ve gotta roll up the windows in your car.
    And, the Dolphins SUCK!!!

  43. CincyAllDaWay says: Jul 15, 2010 12:17 PM

    No way they would ever schedule a Superbowl in Pittsburg with that shithole field of theirs. I mean lets be real…shitzburg is a ghetto! If Cleveland is considered the “arm pit” of the nation then Pittsburg is surely the a$$hole!

  44. Ridnaway says: Jul 15, 2010 12:21 PM

    Heinz field is widely considered the worst playing surface in the league. Also, one end zone is always buffeted by high winds making field goals a total crap shoot. Besides that, it’s PITTBURGH people………… Blech-O.

  45. EatCrapPitt says: Jul 15, 2010 12:31 PM

    Wheeling, WV can handle the crowd, we now have many fine hotels and restaurants and casino

  46. 34swtns says: Jul 15, 2010 12:39 PM

    “Fed Up” = Douchemaster General

  47. The Black Cat says: Jul 15, 2010 1:01 PM

    Screw the press. Have the Superbowl there and I’ll just bunk at a frathouse!

  48. TylerRDunn says: Jul 15, 2010 1:05 PM

    I like how everyone insults the city when most of you have never been there. Pittsburgh has one of the highest college graduation rates in the country, constantly gets named America’s most livable city and arguably is the best sports town in the world. It’s one of the most intelligent locations in the US. Grow up.

  49. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 15, 2010 1:26 PM

    and arguably is the best sports town in the world.
    ——————————————————
    LOL, that was brilliant.
    Yes the town who almost lost their hockey franchise 10 years after winning 2 cups in a row is the best.
    LOL that was awesome, someone give this guy a signed copy of QBF, post of the day.

  50. Socrates says: Jul 15, 2010 1:31 PM

    # koch23jk says: July 15, 2010 10:06 AM
    That field is crap, worst piece of turf in the NFL. It would shame the game to have a Superbowl there…
    ——————————————————-
    Worst piece of turf in the NFL? You mean the grass and soil?
    There’s reaching and then there is something else. That was something else.

  51. this class sucks says: Jul 15, 2010 1:34 PM

    Pittsburgh is a fantastic city, and it certainly should try for a Super Bowl. Between the weird field, poor winter weather, and the apparent (according to Florio) lack of hotel space, it is probably not likely.

  52. steelerhypocrite says: Jul 15, 2010 1:37 PM

    Hey, Antoine – “Enjoy your Ben bashing, but make sure you’re just as critical when someone on your team finds himself in trouble.”
    Did someone hurt your feelings? You sound like a 4 yr old. Ben’s a rapist with a large checking account. I’ll give anyone a break if they make a mistake, but when there’s a pattern…it’s obvious he doesn’t have what it takes to learn from those mistakes.
    The Steelers have spent decades preaching how they are “The model franchise” and their players are all sooo perfect. And if by chance they had a player that acted out of line, he would be kicked out of Pittsburgh so fast it would make your 1 sided logo turn. However, now they have that player…and where is this Righteousness??? I guess winning is the only thing that matters (and making money).
    One more thing, quit acting like a wimp…you sound ridiculous.

  53. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Jul 15, 2010 1:45 PM

    Jack in the Jack says:
    July 15, 2010 10:41 AM
    “…I went to a little pizza joint there where they made the pies by putting two big fistful of toppings for each topping they put on. It was absolutely great. Does anyone out there know what that place is called?”
    ————————————————–
    The name of the place is Pizza Hovel.
    It’s on the corner of Crossfire Causeway and Hysteria Terrace. Between the abortion clinic and the hog rendering plant.

  54. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 15, 2010 1:56 PM

    who in their right mind would want to go to Pittsburgh? What can you do there? World class resturants, sight seeing, tourist attractions?
    Florio where are you little jabs about the steelers… you sir are a hater

  55. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 15, 2010 1:59 PM

    # Outlaw Jersey Whales says: July 15, 2010 1:45 PM
    Jack in the Jack says:
    July 15, 2010 10:41 AM
    “…I went to a little pizza joint there where they made the pies by putting two big fistful of toppings for each topping they put on. It was absolutely great. Does anyone out there know what that place is called?”
    ——————– ——————– ———-
    The name of the place is Pizza Hovel.
    It’s on the corner of Crossfire Causeway and Hysteria Terrace. Between the abortion clinic and the hog rendering plant.
    —————————————————-
    You = F’ing genius. (Not being sarcastic, you really are.)

  56. MidMonster1 says: Jul 15, 2010 2:18 PM

    The Big Mac was an innovation? HA! I guess for Pitt, it WOULD be.

  57. Chapnasty2 says: Jul 15, 2010 2:19 PM

    Why not just play the Superbowl in Hawaii and do the same concept they did last year (except play the probowl the week after). Keep everyone there for both weeks, save the envrioment by limiting air travel. Everything works out.

  58. if yer not first... says: Jul 15, 2010 2:28 PM

    EVERY STORY there’s some asshat poster wasting space with “this isn’t a story”, “this is stupid”, whaaa-whaaa, don’t read it then, and move on.
    It’s a GOSSIP site about football.
    Florio isn’t a journalist, he’s a guy who gets to do what he wants instead of being stuck at his desk posting on a fan site instead of working.

    Hey, lionstigerbearsdouchebags, Flo makes the statement, and I quote Though the attempt to get a Super Bowl in the Steel City surely will never succeed and then proceeds to give us 2 full articles, about 600 words or so about it-
    Like most people I typically read an article because I’m drawn in by the headline- I don’t know it’s going to be stupid before I read it.
    Also I AM doing what I want – unintentionally riling up perpetually angry Maddentards with nothing to do but troll the site looking for comments that piss them off.
    Now, go take Deb her lunch.

  59. BillsFan27 says: Jul 15, 2010 2:34 PM

    Yeah… give a Super Bowl to a town and team that supports a rapist. Classy AND smart.

  60. mgjnsc says: Jul 15, 2010 3:05 PM

    LOL @ Fed up
    I love all of this because more Steeler haters are posting stuff here then those of us who bleed black and championship gold. Get over yourselves people and come enjoy watching a winning team play football! While your at it enjoy a wonderful city filled with great people. It’s hard to have a bad time in Pittsburgh but I’m pretty sure even you morons could find a way.
    Sixburgh baby!!!

  61. funi says: Jul 15, 2010 4:22 PM

    6 time Super Bowl champs need to host the game! Real fans would be there, no hollywood fakes!

  62. granadafan says: Jul 15, 2010 4:43 PM

    Too cold. Having a Super Bowl in one city (New York) is the exception, not the rule.
    When warm, fun and vibrant cities come to mind, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the list. Take heed, at least you’re better than Cleveland or Kansas City. Ugh.

  63. overkil2 says: Jul 15, 2010 5:04 PM

    “Fed up says:
    July 15, 2010 12:05 PM
    Miami is a crime-infested @hithole. All the windows on all the houses are barred. When you drive thru this crap hole, you’ve gotta roll up the windows in your car.
    And, the Dolphins SUCK!!!

    Yeah, if you drive through Overtown and Liberty city. All cities have their ghettos.
    Maybe if yout stop visiting your relatives and go to Kendall, South Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, etc, you might actually see what Miami is about, but then again, you can’t fix stupid.

  64. overkil2 says: Jul 15, 2010 5:12 PM

    “BKjetsfan101 says:
    July 15, 2010 11:56 AM
    @fed up
    overkil2 is one of the pathetic dolphin fans who comment on this site just for attention. just a bunch of self-hating idiots and bigots who nothing of anything and just talk about the jets cuz the fins suck so bad it pains them to actually talk about them. sad

    I don’t talk about the Fins because unlike JET fans and some of my Dolphin brethren, I’ve been burned one too many times by the promise of a good season only to have them crap away the playoffs because they couldn’t win 1 of the last 3 games.
    It’s also fun to talk about the Jets. That’s what a rivalry is all about. When I trash you guys, it’s all in good fun. In fact, if any of you were to swing by Miami, I may even buy you a beer. Well, except for NYMets fan since it seems like he drinks already way too much with how F-ed up his reasoning is.
    I do take offense to the bigot part. I am very tolerant of other people’s opinion, but some of you guys are totally screwed up.

  65. Deb says: Jul 15, 2010 7:02 PM

    @Steel Dahn Sahth …
    Don’t you know RealisticSteelerfan says posts like yours are a pathetic embarrassment to our fan base? Nah … that coward dumps all his vicious home-team hate on girls. But if you ever run into him … he’s a real dirty piece of work.

  66. DockEllisExperience says: Jul 16, 2010 8:39 AM

    @Cinnci Fans
    WOW, to any of you trashing Pittsburgh when you live in Cinnci. It’s the worst city in America I’ve ever visited, hands down. At least Baltimore has the inner harbor. Cinnci is nothing but a drug riddled, run down town.
    Pittsburgh is consistantly rated the most livable city in the country. I’d like to know the last time Cinnci had that attached to it’s name? (quick answer, never)

  67. FarmerMonkey says: Jul 16, 2010 9:44 AM

    Pittsburgh hosted the G20 and the MLB All-Star game not too long ago. Why is hosting a Super Bowl so impossible by comparison?

  68. DM says: Jul 16, 2010 3:02 PM

    Deb says:
    July 15, 2010 7:02 PM
    @Steel Dahn Sahth …
    Don’t you know RealisticSteelerfan says posts like yours are a pathetic embarrassment to our fan base? Nah … that coward dumps all his vicious home-team hate on girls. But if you ever run into him … he’s a real dirty piece of work.
    **********************************
    You and Sarah should both pull the chick card.
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  69. Deb says: Jul 16, 2010 5:31 PM

    DM why don’t you and the Unifan go find some butterflies to pull the wings from and get F*ck off ME??????!!!!!!!!!!
    This has been going on for MONTHS. Can’t you two ASSHOLES ever call out a MAN???????
    You two are freakin’ SICK.

  70. Deb says: Jul 16, 2010 5:37 PM

    Like I said, your stalking posts speak for themselves. You are two sick cowardly SOBs. And the difference between you two and Roethlisberger is there’s no evidence against him. You two are the lowest form of bottom-dwellers. What goes around comes around. You’re anonymous now and keep pulling this vicious stuff. But your Maker knows who you are and one day hell will spit blue flame when you fall in. Enjoy the swim.

  71. Bdrunk says: Jul 19, 2010 9:05 AM

    amp*ts says:
    July 15, 2010 9:36 AM
    A Super Bowl in Pittsburgh could be a good idea.
    It could create employment opportunities for IAG, Frank Burns( Pollo/Chicken) and BDrunk.
    ——————————
    ^^painful trolling ^^

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