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Seahawks making effort to host Super Bowl

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With the Super Bowl heading to a cold-weather site in 2014, other places where the weather in February is closer to winter than summer also are showing interest in luring the league to town for the biggest event of the year.

Seattle remains among that group.

Bill Swartz of 710 ESPN, via seattlepi.com, reports that the Seahawks and the Seattle Sports Commission have teamed up to make a submission to the league’s Super Bowl Advisory Committee.

The committee will review the application and, if CenturyLink Field is deemed to be a viable host, the Seahawks could be invited to submit an official bid.

Challenges beyond the weather include the lack of hotel space, with only 12,750 rooms in downtown Seattle.  The league wants at least 25,000 rooms to be available within one hour of the stadium.

We like the idea of the Super Bowl being played in non-traditional cities.  The league surely likes it, too; by expanding beyond a tight rotation, the league is certain to get more and more proposals that are more and more financially favorable to the NFL.

It’s amazing that it took the league more than 40 years to figure that out.

UPDATE 11:45 p.m. ET:  The Seahawks say they’re not pursuing a bid to host the Super Bowl.  But that’s not what 710 ESPN has reported.  Until the team directly states that the 710 ESPN report is false, it will appear that the team is splitting hairs.

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39 Responses to “Seahawks making effort to host Super Bowl”
  1. sledgehorn says: Aug 28, 2012 9:30 PM

    Imagine the crowd noise.
    The Superbowl in the loudest stadium ever…

  2. staffordsyear says: Aug 28, 2012 9:34 PM

    Still surprised seattle hasnt hosted one..i for one hope they get one in the near future after all if detroit can pull it off seattle should be just fine.

  3. shackdelrio says: Aug 28, 2012 9:40 PM

    Seattle needs to spend their time and money getting an arena built and bringing the Sonics back.

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 28, 2012 9:41 PM

    I can picture it now…Robert Griffin III hoisting the Lombardi trophy in pouring rain weather in front of 70,000 Redskin fans as the Redskins defeat New England to end the Brady Era in fitting fashion.

  5. dldove77 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:55 PM

    If all goes well with the DNC, I’d like to see Charlotte host the Super Bowl.

  6. hokiegajanisgod says: Aug 28, 2012 9:58 PM

    Seattle can’t have worse weather in Feb. than New Jersey.

  7. seattlerogueburner says: Aug 28, 2012 10:00 PM

    We have a great city here with some of the loudest fans. The Super Bowl would be huge here.

  8. nortonfest says: Aug 28, 2012 10:06 PM

    I just got back home from a weekend in Seattle. Man, that is an awesome city. The temperature isn’t that cold in February, but there is about a 50% chance it will rain (which leaves a 50% chance it won’t).

  9. tysonbriggs says: Aug 28, 2012 10:19 PM

    King county has 34,223 hotel rooms all within an hour drive

  10. shzastl says: Aug 28, 2012 10:25 PM

    How are certain bids more financially favorable to the league than others? Ticket prices and TV ratings will be the same regardless of where it is played.

  11. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 28, 2012 10:28 PM

    I thought the biggest criteria for hosting a Super Bowl these days is not making Peter King have to walk too far.

  12. vh51501984 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:41 PM

    not happening

  13. 12thman11b says: Aug 28, 2012 10:44 PM

    Would be one of the more neutral stadiums. Its an amazing venue.

  14. renoedge says: Aug 28, 2012 10:47 PM

    too much rain there in February….not enough hotel rooms…and if the roads should freeze nobody is going anywhere….not a great idea…play it in Cali…Fla…Az…NO….Carolina would work….maybe Atlanta….or even Hawaii….but if you’re gonna consider Seattle you have to go to Green Bay…Chicago…Denver or even Kansas City first….Don’t see it happening for 20 years.

  15. raiderinva says: Aug 28, 2012 10:47 PM

    OK…..

    First off Seattle is an awesome city. Hands down absolutely awesome. It is the true city of have and have not, even in traffic its rat runners next to a Lexus.

    Second off, the stadium is located in a very industrial part of town without a lot of amenities. Come to think of it, the city itself does not have a lot of amenities….

    As much as I know that Mike is a Pittsburgh homer, it kills me to say this….. Pittsburgh has a newer stadium, is better suited, is already geared to holding playoffs games and larger college events, and has already vested the money for a Super Bowl.

    Pittsburgh just lacks the hotels and friggen infrastructure. You have to drive through a tunnel to get to the city and even on a regular non event day it just sucks. Sitting in traffic in a leaky tunnel without even a radio signal is worse then it sounds.

  16. billsfan27 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:48 PM

    Hey! Maybe if we’re all lucky this SB can host the Jets and their “Joke-In-A-Box” offense – their top-secret Wildcat package featuring a dude that can’t throw downfield – which mean when he runs out onto the field you simply load up the box to stop the equivalent of a fullback!

    God, I hate the Jets. Bring on the season.

  17. toneman1234 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:48 PM

    The only thing that is amazing is that you are too stupid to realize that the Super Bowl should always be played in warm-weather cities. One word: Dallas. Yes, let’s please have more Super Bowls where snow, ice and other bad weather is likely to ruin the experience for everyone.

  18. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Aug 28, 2012 10:52 PM

    let’s not get crazy..nothing against Seattle..the Super Bowl in the cold weather is very likely going to be a mess.

    Do we not recall the mess in Dallas because of the weather?

    Now think about the field at the Meadowlands in the snow and cold, or rain…and the traffic mess around there.

    Most folks will end up complaining about how the weather/field conditions affected the play….

  19. fmwarner says: Aug 28, 2012 10:54 PM

    Seattle would be a great place to host. One of the best stadiums in the league, great bar/restaurant scene, and lots of nice people.

  20. snoqualmieterry says: Aug 28, 2012 11:05 PM

    Once Jersey got a Super Bowl, the NFL can’t say northern cities can’t host the event. Unless it is true that there is a east coast bias. We all know it happens in college football.

  21. granadafan says: Aug 28, 2012 11:14 PM

    I hope New Jersey has the mother all ice storms during the Super Bowl with white out conditions. The so-called VIPs and celebrities and sponsors would squawk so loud that the NFL and Goodell would come to their senses and get rid of this cold weather stadium folly. Just because an owner holds a city/state hostage to make the taxpayer’s build a fancy new workplace for a billionaire doesn’t mean it’s a good idea host a Superbowl there.

  22. pantherpro says: Aug 28, 2012 11:17 PM

    F the NBA. We want the NHL in Seattle!!

  23. norcalmafia says: Aug 28, 2012 11:22 PM

    Hmm great idea host a superbowl in one of the lamest towns in America…Its freezing and rains everyday and the place is a ghost town at 8pm..for gods sake the superbowl is suppossed to be a good time…The only time people travle to seattle is cause their forced to.

  24. suckmyhawk2012 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:26 PM

    Contrary to what some might say, the weather here in February isn’t all that bad, we usually have pretty mild winters compared to say, green bay or Pittsburg. Awesome stadium and city, of course I’m partial cause I’ve lived here all my life but I’ve been to other cities around the country and I always love coming home

  25. norcalmafia says: Aug 28, 2012 11:28 PM

    Seattle is the only city that has a website dedicated from people to tell you how much Seattle suck..Im not joking google it i hate seattle..Sorry people most people that travel to Seattle hate it its lame..

  26. stunzeed5 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:33 PM

    As a diehard Redskins fan who was stationed for two years at JBLM, I can tell you…..without hesitation, Seattle is a happening city and that stadium ROCKS. It would make an awesome host for the Superbowl.

    I miss the PNW.

  27. 06mustang says: Aug 28, 2012 11:39 PM

    For all you nimrods eluding to bad weather making it a bad choice, here’s a little factoid for you: CENTURY LINK FIELD HAS A RETRACTABLE ROOF.

    Duh

  28. txxxchief says: Aug 28, 2012 11:40 PM

    Well, the idea of a Superbowl in a colder climate was promised to KC in 2005. The vote to build a retractable lid on Arrowhead was shot down by an incomprehensible ballot measure, and the big game went away. Give the friggin’ game back to KC!

  29. tialen says: Aug 28, 2012 11:44 PM

    Best stadium in the league in terms of every seat has a great view, due to being built on an undersized lot, they had to place the seating much closer to the field than in other traditional stadiums. the result is an awesome fan experience.

  30. seacolt213 says: Aug 29, 2012 12:22 AM

    @Raiderinva
    You sure do sound confident for being full of crap. I work four blocks south of CLink; you are sort of right in that everything south of the stadium is pretty industrial (not THAT industrial)… But everything north of the stadium, starting directly across the street is nothing but amenities. PLENTY of restaurants and things to do. People in Detroit were afraid to go downtown and it worked alright. Weather should be pretty mild in Feb…

    @06Mustang
    We appreciate the effort, but Safeco (Mariner stadium next door) is the one with the retractable roof. At CLink you will endure the elements. God forbid you play a football game in cold conditions. For such a macho game you haters sure sound like a bunch of pansy asses.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 29, 2012 12:40 AM

    I was stationed in bremerton wa, when i was in the navy and went to Seattle plenty of tomes, its nice there, yea it rains alot, but not too bad there

  32. justcuz15 says: Aug 29, 2012 1:50 AM

    Anybody saying its freezing in seattle in februery has clearly never been there. It almost never snows and when it does it snows in december. Februery is 50-60 degrees and overcast all month long. Seattles a great city with one of the best stadiums and a great fanbase. (ps. You cant use the weather is crappy as a reason not to come because super bowl XLVIII is in jersey)

  33. randallflagg52 says: Aug 29, 2012 2:26 AM

    raiderinva says:
    Aug 28, 2012 10:47 PM
    OK…..

    First off Seattle is an awesome city. Hands down absolutely awesome. It is the true city of have and have not, even in traffic its rat runners next to a Lexus.

    Second off, the stadium is located in a very industrial part of town without a lot of amenities. Come to think of it, the city itself does not have a lot of amenities….

    As much as I know that Mike is a Pittsburgh homer, it kills me to say this….. Pittsburgh has a newer stadium, is better suited, is already geared to holding playoffs games and larger college events, and has already vested the money for a Super Bowl.

    Pittsburgh just lacks the hotels and friggen infrastructure. You have to drive through a tunnel to get to the city and even on a regular non event day it just sucks. Sitting in traffic in a leaky tunnel without even a radio signal is worse then it sounds.

    ===================================

    Yeah a superbowl in Pittsburgh sounds great… until Bane shows up…

  34. themajorleagueblog says: Aug 29, 2012 5:29 AM

    I’ve been around the Seattle area. I think they can do it if they fix their Alaska Way Viaduct and off-ramps to the interstate. If Seattle can do that, they’ll get a Super Bowl and the NBA/NHL arena/teams they want. Hate the roads, good atmosphere and logging everywhere.

  35. crazycane says: Aug 29, 2012 7:52 AM

    So they want Miami to throw a retractable roof on their stadium before they host another SB because it rained one time but are contemplating a Seattle SB?

    Fidel Goodell strikes again.

  36. scoobaj says: Aug 29, 2012 12:54 PM

    I like Seattle, but that’s a nightmare waiting to happen, too many variables with the weather and traffic. plus nobody elsewhere in the U.S. wants to fly or drive that far in february, altough playing in the superbowl at home would be amazing, hawks will be competitive for the rest of the decade

  37. fmwarner says: Aug 29, 2012 1:06 PM

    The weather problems in Dallas have nothing to do with hosting the Super Bowl in cities with winter weather. The reason Dallas was such a cluster is that they weren’t prepared. That weather was very unusual for Dallas, and a lack of preparation meant that the snow and ice stayed on the ground.

    Other cities people are mentioning for cold weather Super Bowls (KC, Seattle, etc.) have plans in place because they have that weather all the time.

  38. mikeallensutton says: Aug 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    Um, does everyone think that Seattle is the only city in Washington? If they can’t find 25,000 hotel rooms within an hour of Seattle, they’re lying. It’s essentially one big city from Everett to Olympia and everywhere between Everett and Tacoma is an hour of Seattle… that’s not counting cities to the east, including that tiny town called Bellview.

    As for weather, February is generally fairly warm. This year, half the month was in the 60s. It would be extremely rare to have snow in February.

  39. seacolt213 says: Aug 30, 2012 1:40 PM

    @mikeallensutton

    Are you being facetious about “Bellevue”? It’s not a small city (crowded maybe)… But it’s a mini-Beverly Hills. For all the ballers coming to town to watch the game b/c they like spending money, this is where they will go…

    The ladies in Bellevue are phenomenal. Just look up Blue Martini Bellevue. You’re welcome.

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