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.