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Eagles keep pushing for Philly Super Bowl

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The Eagles have never won a Super Bowl in the traditional way.  They’re currently trying to win a Super Bowl in a different way.

By hosting it.

In the aftermath of the bullet-dodging New Jersey Super Bowl, which easily could have created even more of a travel mess than it already did if any of the two winter storms that hit the area since Sunday night had arrived any earlier, Eagles president Don Smolenski continues to push for Philly as a future Super Bowl host.

“I think Philadelphia has so much to offer in and of itself, as a city and as a region, that it would be a great host city,” Smolenski told Derrick Gunn of

“When the league evaluates Super Bowl bids, they take in so many factors.  They take in the city.  They take in the stadium, the facilities.  They take in the practice facilities and what’s available there.  They take in the transportation, ease of getting in and getting out, whether that’s airport or whether that’s train.

“There’s so much that goes into it. They look at that it in its entirety and they don’t just necessarily focus on any one thing. I think that’s true with New York, as you saw it being in multiple locations.  They make it work.”

Plenty of cold-weather cities will now be trying to make it work, especially since New York/New Jersey made it work (mostly) on Sunday.  But it would be foolish to assume that the league’s very good fortune for the first game that could have been marred by bad weather will mean that the run of luck will continue beyond the first Super Bowl played at the risk of real winter elements.

The NFL doesn’t care about that, because the NFL realizes that the failure of Mother Nature to mar Super Bowl XLVIII will give other cold-weather cities a seat at the table each and every year of the bidding process, putting more pressure on every potential host city to come up with better terms or risk losing out to a town like Philly, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Denver, or New York.

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17 Responses to “Eagles keep pushing for Philly Super Bowl”
  1. concro123 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:13 PM

    Sorry Philly, never gonna happen.

  2. arb927 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:14 PM

    I know Philly has a bad rep but it really is a great city full of wonderful people and it would be a great place to hold the Super Bowl

  3. mp4philly says: Feb 5, 2014 8:23 PM


  4. chris3141084 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:29 PM

    I imagine they’ll have another cold weather Super Bowl in 2019 or whenever the next open one is and they’ll see how that one goes before they put a bunch of them in the pipeline.

  5. beardinals says: Feb 5, 2014 8:30 PM

    Chicago is an even better host city, but noooooooooooooo!

  6. vusnu says: Feb 5, 2014 8:30 PM

    Philly could pull it off without a hitch. Whether or not the city could generate enough interest among the other owners is another story.

  7. mypercyhurts2 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:35 PM

    The refs better wear helmets and pads, too. That crowd is rather unforgiving.

  8. joelvis72 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:38 PM

    I don’t have too much of a problem with a cold-weather Super Bowl every 5 or 6 years. Anything more often than that would be tempting fate.

  9. gooseusaf1 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:52 PM

    Why is that? Philly has as good a chance as any big city in a cold weather environment. It has the hotel rooms needed, the restaurants, the facilities for events, great practice facilities, a pretty nice stadium that’s going through even more improvements, there’s tons of things for tourists to do whether it’s night life, dining, shows, museums, or history and has the 4th biggest media market in the country behind only NY, LA, and Chicago.

    So again…why not Philly?

  10. nyeagles10 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:15 PM

    why win one when you can host one ? lol damnn just one

  11. briang123 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:25 PM

    2026 is the 250th birthday of our country. What better way to start the celebration than having the Super Bowl a few miles from where it all started? In 1976, every all-star game and the NCAA Final Four were all held in Philly. It should happen again.

  12. Youknowimright says: Feb 5, 2014 9:46 PM

    Hey , you’ll never win one , so you might as well host one.

  13. ochospantalones says: Feb 5, 2014 10:31 PM

    Why can’t us?!?

  14. aceakking says: Feb 5, 2014 10:35 PM


  15. mancave001 says: Feb 6, 2014 12:36 AM

    No reason not to after NYNJ, but I’d still rather see a game without threat of weather.

  16. eagles512 says: Feb 6, 2014 9:25 AM

    Do people forget the Super Bowl has been in Detroit, Minnesota and Indy? For the game, who cares if the weather is cold? But they’ve had plenty of cold weather sites in the past.

  17. laughingwillow says: Feb 6, 2014 2:11 PM

    On the whole, I’d rather not be Philadelphia. In January.
    Seriously, that would be a deterrent for a lot of potential travelers. And if NYC had a hard time selling tickets this year…… well I wouldn’t hold your breath, Pennsylvania

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