For one time and one time only Eagles fans, you are allowed to thank the New York Giants. Yes, I said it, you can thank the New York Giants.
With the overwhelming success of Super Bowl XLVIII which was held in MetLife stadium, the same stadium that hosts the Giants, the possibilities of where a Super Bowl will be held has become endless.
It will be preferred that a Super Bowl be held in a dome or warm weathered stadium, but the possibility that a Super Bowl be held in a cold, outdoor stadium has opened up.
Goodell had this to say at the state of the league address last week,
“There’s such a demand for Super Bowls,” he said. “We see the opportunity for us to expand our game and come into new markets. We found that valuable to the league. That’s reflective on how they voted. … Weather is a factor when you play in the United States in February. That’s a continuing challenge. We want to get into as many communities as possible so they can share in the emotional and economic benefits. That’s what helps grow our game.”
The commissioner talked about bringing a Super Bowl to places like Chicago, New England, and Washington DC as well. With that said, why not bring one to one of the greatest sport cities in the United States.
The city of Philadelphia was made to host an event like this. The rest of the world would love to experience the Philly Cheesesteaks, Philly Pretzels, not to mention experience the sports atmosphere itself.
Not to down talk Tampa Bay or Miami, but the Philadelphia sports atmosphere an unforgettable experience in itself and if a Super Bowl can be played in those markets, why not Philadelphia? As Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would say, “Why not us?”
“When I’m on the Super Bowl committee, when you’re bidding on a Super Bowl, the committee looks very closely at your stadium and your city and what you can host,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told the Inquirer’s Zach Berman”Philadelphia would be a great place.”
Before the start of the 2014 season, the Eagles plan to add new high-definition video boards, Wi-Fi for the fans, bridges to connect both sides of the upper concourse and nearly 1,600 new seats — bringing the total seating to 70,000.
With these new upgrades and the installation of a video board that is supposed to be the highest definition board in the NFL, bringing the Super Bowl to Philadelphia could definitely be a possibility.
Next year’s game will be held at three-time host University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, followed by the new Levi’s stadium in two-time host San Francisco, then the game will be held in two-time host Reliant Stadium, and finally the finalists for the 2018′s game are New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.
The Super Bowl is going to be a success almost anywhere, if you play the game, the fans will come. The hard part is finding a great stadium and great host city. The possibility of more Super Bowls being played in cold, outdoor stadiums opens the door for great sport cities like Philadelphia.