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Goodell ties Atlanta Super Bowl to new stadium, says “game is meant to be played in the elements”

Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Atlanta for the first Thursday night game of the year.  While in Atlanta, Goodell made clear the connection between Atlanta hosting a third Super Bowl and Atlanta getting a new stadium.

The NFL has staged Super Bowl XXVIII and XXXIV at the Georgia Dome, which was opened in 1992.

“I think this is a great community,” Goodell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “But as I mentioned to the people earlier today, the competition for the Super Bowl is really at an all-time high, in a large part because of the new stadiums.  The provisions that they have for a new stadium in this great community, I think that’s a pretty powerful force.  We have a history of going back to communities when they have those new stadiums.”

The Falcons want an open-air venue, and Goodell made clear his preference for the absence of a roof.

“We’ve been here before and we awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to New York,” Goodell said.  “The game is meant to be played in the elements.”

And there’s the conclusive proof that, even though the New York, open-air Super Bowl was sold as a one-shot deal, it won’t be.

Now that the potential universe of locations has been expanded from the New Orleans-Miami-Tampa-Arizona rotation, with periodic stops in Houston, Dallas, and wherever else a Super Bowl was used as a carrot for a new stadium, the NFL has created a continuous leverage mill, in which cities constantly will be looking to one-up each other in the hopes not only of hosting one Super Bowl, but of hosting multiple Super Bowls.

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35 Responses to “Goodell ties Atlanta Super Bowl to new stadium, says “game is meant to be played in the elements””
  1. zackd22 says: Nov 11, 2010 9:07 PM

    Bet Goodell won’t say that to Polian

  2. raiderapologist says: Nov 11, 2010 9:20 PM

    Goodell wants working people to pay for endless new stadiums.

  3. kcfanatic says: Nov 11, 2010 9:46 PM

    Great. I guess that means there is no excuse not to have KC in the mix.

  4. marinofreakout says: Nov 11, 2010 9:51 PM

    goodells getting scummier by the day

  5. clups says: Nov 11, 2010 9:56 PM

    Goodell is such a d0uche. He was threatening Miami a few months ago, saying that they might not get another Super Bowl without a roof on whatever they’re calling the Dolphins’ stadium this week. But now NY/NJ has a Super Bowl and Atlanta might not get another one without a stadium that exposes the game and the paying fans to the elements. He is going to ruin the NFL.

  6. SpartaChris says: Nov 11, 2010 9:57 PM

    Gooddell’s right- The game SHOULD be played in the elements. It’s one of the few sports that plays in the rain and snow and the weather is part of what makes football so great.

  7. poiuyt7 says: Nov 11, 2010 9:57 PM

    Play in the elements? Yeah! Lambeau Field baby!

  8. bigperm33 says: Nov 11, 2010 10:00 PM

    Now did anyone ask Roger where the Super Bowl is being played this year? Is that an open air stadium? At what point does someone tell Goodell his greediness is getting out of control and it is going to ruin the sport? Anyone going to do it or are we all just going to sit back and let him ruin the sport, wait too long until it is too late to do anything about it, the way we did with baseball and Bud Selig?

  9. Bob says: Nov 11, 2010 10:04 PM

    The last Super Bowl that was played in Atlanta would have been played in the middle of an ice storm had it been played outside. Atlanta needs a retractable-roof facility cause December and January are pretty frosty there.

  10. wizahdry says: Nov 11, 2010 10:05 PM

    The stadium is only 18 years old and they already want another one. They know those things aren’t free right? We can just give a city a new stadium every 5 years. Meanwhile the multi-billion dollar NFL never foots the bill. NFL’s ego and greed is gonna kill their golden goose one day.

  11. davikes says: Nov 11, 2010 10:20 PM

    Cut the salary cap in half and they could pay for their own stadiums, and the players would still be richer than anybody I hang with. It’s time to stop gouging the taxpayer so the billionaire owners can roll up a another billion on our backs.

  12. bluefan204 says: Nov 11, 2010 10:24 PM

    I agree 100% with Goodell, which is a rare thing nowadays. The game is meant to be played in the elements. I’m tired of the NFL pandering to these self important pricks who go to the Super Bowl just to be seen, and dont even know theres a football game going on. If you want to see a live football game, pay the physical price for it and sit in the cold, wet weather, just like the actual fans have to.

  13. pdxninerfan says: Nov 11, 2010 10:32 PM

    So per the above, no more Superbowls in New Orleans?

  14. umrguy42 says: Nov 11, 2010 10:32 PM

    Not that I want taxpayers to fund it, but I’d be up for my Rams to get an open-air stadium out in the St. Louis suburbs.

    ‘Course, even with such a location, we still wouldn’t get a Super Bowl. Hell, it was a minor miracle MLB awarded us the All Star game last year…

  15. nflgreedleague says: Nov 11, 2010 10:33 PM

    The players should boycott the league next year and organize local ownership ala the Green Bay Packers. The TV contracts and revenue sources would be available due to the proliferation of cable networks. Goodell = Evil

  16. realitypolice says: Nov 11, 2010 10:38 PM

    Goodell could give a good rat’s ass about the game being played “in the elements”.

    His comments were completely tailored to fit the circumstance in Atlanta- they are looking to build an open air stadium so he says that’s what he prefers for super bowls.

    If they were planning to build another dome, he would have said that he preferred the Super Bowl be in a dome so bad weather wouldn’t be a factor.

  17. rgledz says: Nov 11, 2010 10:42 PM

    How many times has the Super Bowl been in New Orleans??? I guess that’s the elements….dangerous elements, elements none the less

  18. fngs1 says: Nov 11, 2010 10:46 PM

    “The game is meant to be played in the elements.”

    ————————————————–
    If this was true, then why won’t he let GB-CHI-Pitts-Buffalo have a SB? Because of the elements . He is soo full of crap.

  19. fngs1 says: Nov 11, 2010 10:48 PM

    like the new format with the messages get posted right away.

  20. nfl4ever says: Nov 11, 2010 10:49 PM

    Atlanta failed to get a recent super bowl because nobody wanted to chance having to drive and party in the elements due to the freak ice storm Atlanta saw for the 2000 Super Bowl. Bt now King Roger wants an open air stadium there? Hypocrite!

  21. rammer27 says: Nov 11, 2010 10:50 PM

    Thats funny he told the Chiefs the Super Bowl was contingent on them getting a roof now he wants Atlanta to build a new outdoor stadium. Huh sounds like he does want a bunch of new stadiums built at the publics expense

  22. SpartaChris says: Nov 11, 2010 11:28 PM

    GB won’t host a Super Bowl because they don’t have the infrastructure in or around the area to support it. I know nothing about Buffalo, but this could open it up for Pittsburgh and Chicago.

  23. coys10 says: Nov 12, 2010 12:05 AM

    My question is, how do you get a new stadium when you just built one 18 YEARS AGO. How can you ask the government to approve that. It is ridiculous.

  24. cappa662 says: Nov 12, 2010 12:10 AM

    Lambeau should get a Super Bowl.

  25. east96st says: Nov 12, 2010 1:58 AM

    “Lambeau should get a Super Bowl.”

    From a tradition standpoint, it would be great. Unfortunately, it’s located in a little town that doesn’t have the hotels, restaurants, public transportation, night life, etc., etc to support all the people coming in to see/broadcast/promote the game. Same with Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Chicago would be a good fit, though. Super Bowl at Soldiers Field will be one for the history books. The over/under on how many people would be so drunk that they would lose a toe to frostbite would start at 50.

  26. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 12, 2010 7:37 AM

    So, will Goodell sit out “in the elements” or in his posh suite? I am learning to hate him more every day. He’s not quite as stupid as Bud Selig, but he comes across sort of like Obama does to me…..talks down to everyone and expects everyone to just follow him blindly.

  27. knucklebucket says: Nov 12, 2010 7:52 AM

    Every team should have the chance to host a superbowl. There is so much revenue that goes along with it and all teams and cities should get their share. how great would a blizzard superbowl be!

  28. dscib says: Nov 12, 2010 7:54 AM

    Goodell is the MAN. No more pandering to the wealthy snobs who need their hair to look dashing at the super bowl.

    I cannot wait for 2014…live in NJ my whole life and trust me it ain’t going to be 40 degrees and balmy in February here…!

  29. ndallasruss says: Nov 12, 2010 8:07 AM

    bigperm33 says:
    Nov 11, 2010 10:00 PM
    Now did anyone ask Roger where the Super Bowl is being played this year? Is that an open air stadium?

    ———————————————-
    It’s in Dallas this year. Yes, it’s an open air stadium.

    Your goal for the day should be to look up the word “retractable” – as in the roof over the stadium.

  30. gravesl says: Nov 12, 2010 8:10 AM

    The NFL is greedy including players, owners, merchandisers, and stadium vending operations. How dare any franchise after only building a stadium 18 years ago expect tax payers to help foot a bill to build a new stadium. Any locality agreeing to do so is corrupt. Goodell is an ass. It’s an ass that needs to be in the unemployment line.

  31. jackburtonsspawn says: Nov 12, 2010 8:24 AM

    I’m surprised he can keep up with which sound of his mouth this crap is coming from.

  32. realitypolice says: Nov 12, 2010 8:31 AM

    dscib says:
    Nov 12, 2010 7:54 AM
    Goodell is the MAN. No more pandering to the wealthy snobs who need their hair to look dashing at the super bowl.
    ================

    ROFLMAO

    You honestly think putting the SB in NY/NJ is NOT pandering to wealthy snobs? NYC is the wealthy snob capital of the world. It is the wealthy snob city of choice.

    They will sit in their opulent hotels, climb in their limos, be whisked directly into a special elevator the will take them to their heated and catered suites.

    It’s the actual fans who go through a lottery or search for tickets that they then pay two months salary for just to say they went to a SB who get screwed having to sit outside.

    Unless of course we get a storm like we had 4 times last winter on SB Sunday. Then all of the fans, rich and not so rich, will be sitting in gridlock on the tunnel approaches and the turnpike and the stadium will be more than half empty at kickoff.

    Can’t wait.

  33. realitypolice says: Nov 12, 2010 8:38 AM

    ndallasruss says:
    Nov 12, 2010 8:07 AM
    bigperm33 says:
    Nov 11, 2010 10:00 PM
    Now did anyone ask Roger where the Super Bowl is being played this year? Is that an open air stadium?

    ———————————————-
    It’s in Dallas this year. Yes, it’s an open air stadium.

    Your goal for the day should be to look up the word “retractable” – as in the roof over the stadium.

    I can’t believe whoever did that interview with Goodell accepted that comment at face value. The idea that Roger Goodell cares even the tiniest bit about football being played “in the elements” is completely ludricrous. How could they not call him out on that?
    =======================

    Yes, and unless the weather forecast calls for 100% clear skies with absolute 0% chance of precipitation, Goodell, that lover of games played in the elements, will order the roof closed.

    You know, like he did in Arizona in 2008 when there was a slight chance of rain in the forecast.

  34. cbrianwatkins says: Nov 12, 2010 8:53 AM

    football should be played in the elements, playing in a dome sucks

  35. roddy84 says: Nov 12, 2010 1:29 PM

    Agree on playing in the elements but it’s just wrong to mandate new stadiums all the damn time in which to play the game….it’s a great event but not THAT great….good grief.

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