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Detroit preparing bids for future Super Bowls, NFL drafts

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The Lions want both the Super Bowl and the NFL draft in Detroit.

Lions President Rod Wood confirmed that the team plans to put in bids for the next available Super Bowl, which is in 2022 after Minnesota, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles host the next four. Detroit would have to be considered a long shot, given that Ford Field has already hosted one Super Bowl and cold-weather cities typically only get a Super Bowl if they have a new dome stadium.

The draft, however, gives Detroit a better shot. Although Detroit doesn’t have as large an outdoor space as those used by Chicago and Philadelphia, the last two draft hosts, Wood said he believes the city’s Fox Theater as well as Ford Field and other venues could be the right mix.

We have some thoughts on what we can do,” Wood said, via MLive.com. “I’m not going to get into specifics, but we’ll work on making it as exciting as it was in Philadelphia — but with maybe some of the restraints around weather that I can’t really count on 80 degrees like they had.”

Since moving the draft out of New York City three years ago, the NFL has been flooded with requests from teams and cities to host it. Most NFL teams want the draft in their cities, so the Lions are joining a crowded field.

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29 Responses to “Detroit preparing bids for future Super Bowls, NFL drafts”
  1. nyneal says: May 18, 2017 5:53 AM

    Tell the Lions to make sure they send a tickler to the Vikings to get their draft picks in on time.

  2. seanx40 says: May 18, 2017 6:15 AM

    Detroit did a good job with their Superbowl. Detroit deserves another chance.
    Besides if the Ford family wants one, don’t they get it? Ford is among the NFL’s biggest advertisers. I am pretty sure they get what they want.

  3. wrongnessmaximus says: May 18, 2017 6:37 AM

    I think they should make Dee-troit the permanent host for both the draft and the Superbowl. There’s nothing like showing the rest of the country and the world our finest city. Or maybe put it in Flint, the bottle water business alone would explode.

  4. 26predator says: May 18, 2017 6:46 AM

    Downtown Detroit is still riding the wave that was sparked by Superbowl XL. It wasn’t our first time hosting a Superbowl but it was by far and away the best. Hopefully we get another crack at it, that was fun.

  5. exinsidetrader says: May 18, 2017 7:16 AM

    How about Detroit focus on its decaying city, crime, high taxes, and anti-business attitude; and, how about its people focus on voting for different representatives instead of the ones that bankrupted where they live.

  6. averagepete says: May 18, 2017 7:31 AM

    Are the Lions kidding? An outdoor event in Detroit? Are Tijuana, Kabul, and Damascus out of the running or what?

  7. Grugenhagen says: May 18, 2017 7:40 AM

    Heh. Rod Wood.

  8. Adam McCune says: May 18, 2017 8:23 AM

    “Let’s go to Detroit!” ~No one, ever.

  9. andyb02 says: May 18, 2017 8:35 AM

    “but we’ll work on making it as exciting as it was in Philadelphia”

    Yeah good luck with that. There’s not a team in the league that can match that draft.

  10. 400marios says: May 18, 2017 8:39 AM

    What?!?!?!?!?!

    Oooohhhhh…they mean Detroit is talking about HOSTING a Super Bowl….yeah that makes more sense.

  11. mazenblue says: May 18, 2017 8:47 AM

    Cmon man, we need another Super Bowl in Detroit. I gave up dreaming about my Lions making it there once I realized their Head Coach has no passion for the game. He could have argued a few bad call 31 other coaches would have and it directly cost us those few games Since his hire. Guy had no passion. He has non fury. Just a monotone flatline. I bet his favorite activity to do is knit and his favorite food is rice crackers. Thats the coach of the Lions. GO US!! How on Earth is he a coach??? I dont get it.

  12. ariani1985 says: May 18, 2017 8:48 AM

    why don’t they just bulldoze the whole city and start over!

  13. nole567 says: May 18, 2017 9:10 AM

    Negative, Ghostrider; the pattern is full.

  14. nyneal says: May 18, 2017 9:33 AM

    mazenblue says:
    May 18, 2017 8:47 AM
    Cmon man, we need another Super Bowl in Detroit. I gave up dreaming about my Lions making it there once I realized their Head Coach has no passion for the game. He could have argued a few bad call 31 other coaches would have and it directly cost us those few games Since his hire. Guy had no passion. He has non fury. Just a monotone flatline. I bet his favorite activity to do is knit and his favorite food is rice crackers. Thats the coach of the Lions. GO US!! How on Earth is he a coach??? I dont get it.

    ________________________________________

    I laughed out loud at this post! I feel for Lions’ fans, I really do.

  15. joetoronto says: May 18, 2017 9:35 AM

    The Motor City is on the way back and it’s great to see.

  16. juliusbrown says: May 18, 2017 9:45 AM

    Gross. I don’t think so.
    You can’t even adequately provide grocery stores for your residents.
    So go do that instead.

  17. LionsPride69 says: May 18, 2017 9:53 AM

    –Negative, Ghostrider; the pattern is full.

    LOL. Great Stuff

  18. waynefontesismyfather says: May 18, 2017 9:53 AM

    My father whole-heartedly supports President Wood and his plan to pitch the fine City of Detroit in hosting these events.

  19. 400marios says: May 18, 2017 9:56 AM

    The Motor City is on its way back?

    I suppose…if urban farming is your thing…

  20. akira1971 says: May 18, 2017 10:00 AM

    mazenblue says:

    I realized their Head Coach has no passion for the game. He could have argued a few bad call 31 other coaches would have and it directly cost us those few games Since his hire. Guy had no passion. He has non fury. Just a monotone flatline. I bet his favorite activity to do is knit and his favorite food is rice crackers. Thats the coach of the Lions. GO US!! How on Earth is he a coach??? I dont get it.
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    Yes, because Super Bowl coaches like Bill Walsh, Dick Vermeil, Tony Dungy, etc. were all about screaming and shouting.

    Belichick hardly ever argues bad calls (plus also has FEWEST challenges every year), yet still wins multiple championships. Really, what’s the point of yelling at a ref? How many times have you seen a ref change his “bad” call? ZERO? Belichick’s mentality is simple: call is not changing and just move on to the next play.

  21. dawoger says: May 18, 2017 10:15 AM

    Yea, Minneapolis is a “cold-weather city” but to say they have a new dome is wrong! It’s their new $1.2 billion dollar monument to their stupidity.

  22. topcide says: May 18, 2017 10:53 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    May 18, 2017 8:48 AM
    why don’t they just bulldoze the whole city and start over!

    ———————————————————–

    Because 690,000 people live there.

  23. senatorblutarsky says: May 18, 2017 11:13 AM

    exinsidetrader says:
    May 18, 2017 7:16 AM

    How about Detroit focus on its decaying city, crime, high taxes, and anti-business attitude; and, how about its people focus on voting for different representatives instead of the ones that bankrupted where they live.
    _____________________

    How about the top 1% stop shipping jobs overseas in an effort to bolster profit margins at the expense of local economies. Short-term thinking. Over decades now they’ve transformed working, tax paying citizenry into welfare dependent non-contributors.

  24. GenXJ says: May 18, 2017 11:58 AM

    Ford Field>lambeau.

  25. joetoronto says: May 18, 2017 12:19 PM

    400marios says:
    May 18, 2017 9:56 AM
    The Motor City is on its way back?

    I suppose…if urban farming is your thing…
    ****************************************
    Yes, it’s on it’s way back, along with many other cities in America that were forgotten for decades.

  26. ctiggs says: May 18, 2017 1:19 PM

    If you have not been to Detroit lately you should not be commenting. They are really building the city up I was VERY impressed while I was there last month.

  27. jag2210 says: May 18, 2017 1:53 PM

    Anyone who is commenting negatively about Detroit is severely misinformed. The city is back! Take a look at its luxury housing market rank. The companies moving into the city and the stores opening up.

    Sorry America. Go find another punching bag.

  28. dvdman123 says: May 18, 2017 2:04 PM

    Some of these posts sound like they are from the Detroit Chamber Of Commerce…..any way happy to read that Detroit is coming back and I wish them well.

  29. Frum Slum says: May 19, 2017 12:24 PM

    Most commenting obviously haven’t been there in a while. Detroit is building up very well. It really is awesome there and a lot whole lot to see/do Downtown around Ford Field. Many pubs, live music, great food, casinos, waterfront, and just plain fun.

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