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Report: Denver held off on application to host 2018 Super Bowl

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With the NFL willing to put the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey last season, cold-weather cities watched with interest in the hopes of possibly hosting the league’s biggest game in the future.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos and the city of Denver are one of those cold-weather cities looking into submitting a bid to host a future Super Bowl. Mayor Michael Hancock made those hopes public during the week of the Super Bowl in New York.

Per Klis, Denver had initially looked to submit a bid to host a Super Bowl in 2018, 2019 or 2020. However, the application for 2018 was never formally submitted.

Super Bowl XLVIII narrowly avoided the winter storms that were possible in the New York/New Jersey area in February. Less than 12 hours after the final seconds elapsed on the 2013-14 season, a snow storm hit the greater New York City area that complicated the travel plans of many fans who had flocked to the Big Apple for the game.

It was a near miss for the NFL in avoiding a severe weather storm for the league’s signature event.

With that in mind, the league is in the process of reviewing the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl before Denver proceeds with an application to host the game.

The NFL just awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis, also a cold-weather city. However, the one difference is that the Vikings’ new stadium with be indoors. Sports Authority Field is not.

It’s just a hunch but it seems unlikely the league will take the Super Bowl out of southern, warm-weather sites such as Arizona, New Orleans and Houston in the future except to indoor stadiums such as Minneapolis and Indianapolis.

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10 Responses to “Report: Denver held off on application to host 2018 Super Bowl”
  1. mzew233 says: May 21, 2014 2:37 AM

    Too bad Peyton had to ruin the first ever cold Super Bowl. I know gronkowski was out, but Brady, the original cold weather QB, would have scored more than 8 points in a SB. #endoftheforehead.

  2. joetoronto says: May 21, 2014 4:57 AM

    Thank God Elway has horse paws for hands and can’t use a fax machine.

  3. tinytoolalldrool says: May 21, 2014 6:08 AM

    That would not be fair if a team made it that had a player who could not play at high altitude.

  4. oliverduckhunt says: May 21, 2014 6:53 AM

    “If you build it, they will come.”

    New stadiums practically guarantee you a Super Bowl.

    Minnesota getting their Super Bowl wasn’t surprising & helps Atlanta get there’s in 2019.

    And before anyone starts talking about New Orleans or Miami for their 11th Super Bowls— we’ll need to wait to see what Oakland’s going tot do about the godawful O.Co situation because if that progresses within the next 6 years, they would lock in the 2020 Super Bowl.

    Let,s just hope the demolish O.Co sometime before then!

  5. filthymcfunny1 says: May 21, 2014 7:58 AM

    Green Bay will never see a Super Bowl !!!

  6. touchdownroddywhite says: May 21, 2014 8:11 AM

    Can’t believe Minnesota got the SB over Indy. Super disappointed about that…

  7. gtodriver says: May 21, 2014 8:18 AM

    “It’s just a hunch but it seems unlikely the league will take the Super Bowl out of southern, warm-weather sites such as Arizona, New Orleans and Houston in the future except to indoor stadiums such as Minneapolis and Indianapolis.”

    And this is how it should be.

    It’s important to realize that the fans need to have adequate transportation facilities to get to and from the game and proper hotels located within a reasonable distance also.

    The fiasco in New York with fans trying to get to and from the game was appalling. And that was in good weather…

    Places like Green Bay couldn’t host it because people would have to stay in Milwaukee. Heck – Green Bay doesn’t even have suitable hotels for the visiting team to stay – they have to commute from Appleton.

    Not to mention the fact that fans paying that kind of money for a ticket deserve more than an aluminum bench.

  8. robert831 says: May 21, 2014 9:54 AM

    “It was a near miss for the NFL in avoiding a severe weather storm for the league’s signature event.” I was very disappointed that storm missed. It would have been epic to have the SB played with massive flakes coming down and everyone getting hammered to stay warm. It would have been awesome! I just don’t understand how everyone got so afraid of the cold and weather. Football is suppose to be played in the elements. It adds another dynamic to the game. My only disappointment in MN getting the superbowl is the closed stadium.

  9. SeenThisB4 says: May 21, 2014 10:14 AM

    Haven’t you heard? Super Bowls are for sale! Denver won’t ever get a Super Bowl until they build a new stadium, it won’t matter if it’s covered or not.

    Just make sure the citizens of Denver and Colorado pay the taxes to build a billion dollar facility, and the NFL will give you a Super Bowl.

    But be wary: it’s “A” Super Bowl, don’t ever expect it to be plural.

  10. slick50ks says: May 21, 2014 11:44 AM

    The Super Bowl will NEVER be played at altitude.

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