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Goodell: N.J. Super Bowl “experience” key to future host city decisions


With NFL owners voting to put a Super Bowl in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, it’s logical to wonder if more outdoor title games in cold-weather locales are possible.

So, how about the Boston area getting a game?

The subject came up at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference at the conclusion of the league meetings Tuesday in Boston, and Goodell’s answer shed some light on the various issues that would go into such a decision.

“It is a great city,” Goodell said, according to a transcript provided by the league. “We stress this over and over again. We are holding our first northern site Super Bowl at the end of this season. We want to see what that experience is like.

“It is more than just a game now. I keep emphasizing that. This is a week-long event. We have multiple events that need multiple facilitates. We are at [a need for] well over 25,000 hotel rooms now.

“. . . If there is an interest at some point in time and we decide to look at open-air northern site Super Bowl cities, I assume the Patriots will look at that.”

Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots, opened in 2002. All Super Bowls through 2017 are spoken for with owners selecting San Francisco and Houston as host cities in 2016 and 2017, respectively, on Tuesday.

A New York-New Jersey Super Bowl that leaves teams, corporate sponsors and fans pleased could open up some intriguing possibilities for the league. But Goodell’s response was telling. The league looks to be taking a wait-and-see approach on expanding the pool of host cities with outdoor stadiums in cooler climates.

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24 Responses to “Goodell: N.J. Super Bowl “experience” key to future host city decisions”
  1. bcmcknight77 says: May 21, 2013 9:00 PM

    Jesus, can we please keep the Super Bowl in cities with an average temperature over 55 degrees in February?

  2. citizenstrange says: May 21, 2013 9:02 PM

    The league looks to be taking a wait-and-see approach on expanding the pool of host cities with outdoor stadiums in cooler climates.
    “Pool” might be the key word here. People want to go to warm weather beach and outdoor pool cities the first week of February. DUH!

    The Detroit Super Bowl would have been an absolute half-filled stadium disaster if not for the hundred thousand Steeler fans that drove from Pittsburgh.

  3. thejrod2006 says: May 21, 2013 9:06 PM

    25,000 hotel rooms = don’t expect the Super Bowl in Lambeau Field anytime soon, even if NY/NJ is a huge success

  4. captainwisdom8888 says: May 21, 2013 9:10 PM

    There are innumerable factors when deciding upon a host city for upcoming superbowls. A lot of people want to see superbowls played exclusively in warmer climates, and while that isn’t exactly fair to those cities that don’t have the most pleasant February weather…I kinda agree with them.

    I don’t care one bit about the rich fans at the game freezing their butts off. I simply believe that from an entertainment standpoint, the game itself will probably prove to be a lot more exciting if the players aren’t frozen solid. Who wants to see frost-bitten players and struggling offenses on their way to a 13-7 final score? Not me.

  5. ottawabrave91 says: May 21, 2013 9:16 PM

    why cant Kansas city get a super bowl? the winter weather is the same as jersey/new York. arrowhead just had top of the line renovations too. if Kansas city doesn’t get a super bowl soon it will prove a NFL bias for coastal cities and prove my theories that the NFL doesn’t want small market teams to have a fair chance

  6. bornaraider60 says: May 21, 2013 9:16 PM

    ARIZONA!!! WE Have it all! Grand Canyon! Killeer Tacos etc!!! Plus TPC golf! If ya want snow its in Flag! Come down from a ski trip strip down to ur pool atire grill a steak! If you like jump in the car and drive to Mexico and shop! NO other state or city can offer what we have ! AZ Rocks for SuperBowls!!!

  7. usdiveteam says: May 21, 2013 9:21 PM

    New York and Boston a great cities but I’d much rather go to Superbowl in a warm weather climate!

  8. sfm073 says: May 21, 2013 9:31 PM

    The first major snow or ice storm during one of these Super Bowls they’ll be back to Miami and other southern states.

  9. raiderinva says: May 21, 2013 9:36 PM

    So not a Steelers apologist by any means….

    But Heinz Field opened in 2001 and has never even been thought of to hold Super Bowl?

  10. evilglazers666 says: May 21, 2013 9:37 PM

    Not sure the rich folks and their families going to the game are diehards. They won’t want to go to a game in weathered conditions. It might be to cold or wet etc. Real fans love that stuff, but these people are spoiled and weird. Good luck to the weather. Make sure they wear their scarfs and stuff!

  11. Norseman says: May 21, 2013 9:40 PM

    Minneapolis in 2018. Brand-new state-of-the-art indoor stadium, can get there from virtually any hotel downtown indoors, plenty of hotel rooms, plenty to do.

    I’m sure there are other areas too with new stadiums with public financing that are ahead of Boston too.

  12. Uncle Charlie says: May 21, 2013 9:51 PM

    “It is a great city,” Goodell said, according to a transcript provided by the league. “We stress this over and over again. We are holding our first northern site Super Bowl at the end of this season. We want to see what that experience is like.”

    Seriously? Metlife is what, 75 miles north of Indianapolis? Football people are a joke.

  13. commonsensedude says: May 21, 2013 9:55 PM

    Boston is a great city but, the very idea of having a Super Bowl in that frozen stadium in February makes me want a cup of cocoa. Why not just have the big game in Alaska?

  14. watchfullhose says: May 21, 2013 10:09 PM

    But the Patriots stadium wasn’t publicly funded! How can they have a Super Bowl without agreeing to welfare for their billionaire owner?!

  15. ilovefoolsball says: May 21, 2013 10:32 PM

    It will be cold and that will be the headline for the NJ Superbowl. Can’t wait to see all those rich big wigs and celebrities freezing their asses off.

    People don’t understand how much prep goes into this event. It’s not just the week of the game. It’s MONTHS before the game where they will be transporting gear and crews for the setup. One blizzard will throw a colossal wrench in the entire plan.

  16. gerard33 says: May 21, 2013 10:36 PM

    For a New England super bowl it would be kinda weird with the game being such a far drive from Boston itself

  17. kd75 says: May 21, 2013 10:50 PM

    Raise your hand if you want to spend a long weekend in Boston – or New York – in February.

  18. musicman495 says: May 21, 2013 10:57 PM

    The choice for the 2018 Super Bowl will be “lights out” for New Orleans, as part of the city’s Tricentennial.

  19. mazblast says: May 21, 2013 11:17 PM

    Roger, we know how much you love Kraft and Mara and vice versa (since you’re so good at doing their bidding), but seriously, could you PLEASE see how a Super Bowl at Mara’s place does before you commit to sucking up to your other master?

  20. onbucky96 says: May 22, 2013 4:45 AM

    Yeah…since I leave near Green Bay and we will NEVER host a Super Bowl, Roger can again get bent. Not enough hotel rooms in the Fox Valley/Green Bay area for fans and our media overlords. Roger, you disappoint me. So I’m hoping for a foot of snow the night before the Game, and freezing temps.

  21. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: May 22, 2013 5:20 AM

    I agree with gerard33 and should also point out that NE doesn’t really have the infrastructure to support game. Getting in and out of Foxboro is a nightmare.

  22. crush22 says: May 22, 2013 8:12 AM

    Nobody did it up like Indy.
    That city just knows how to run big time sporting events.

  23. ndnut says: May 22, 2013 4:40 PM

    They were willing to put the “experience” in Indianapolis in the week leading up to the game. Why not Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Seattle, or even Buffalo!!!!!

  24. romoscollarbone says: May 22, 2013 7:01 PM

    I just hope it snows.

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