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The Super Bowl: An All-City Event

Updated on February 9, 2015
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Quentin graduated from John Hay High School in 2002. Besides writing hubs for Hubpages, he is also a screenwriter.

Last year's Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey.
Last year's Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey.
This year's Super Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.
This year's Super Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.

Another Super Bowl is in the books, and the close game ended last Sunday with the Patriots winning their 4th Super Bowl title in 14 years dethroning the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Many of us, including yours truly, dream of attending the Super Bowl. Just imagine, you and your family or friends sitting in a good seat watching the big game, whether your team is playing or not playing, watching the Halftime Show, grubbing down huge amounts of food and guzzling many drinks as possible. Now, Imagine if you live in any cold weather city in America without a dome or retractable door on your home team's stadium, nine times out of ten, your city's not going to be the host city for the Super Bowl. There has been an ongoing debate about whether the NFL should open the Super Bowl to cold-weather cities without domes or retractable roofs ever since New York/New Jersey was picked for last year's Super Bowl a few years ago. In recent years, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has reached out to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about Chicago being a host city for a future Super Bowl. There has also been talks of hosting a Super Bowl in London someday to make the NFL a global experience. The weather in London can go either way. Most critics have balked at the Super Bowl being in cold weather cities; there's even been criticism of Minneapolis hosting the big game in 2018, even though their new stadium will have a dome on top of it. Despite the fact, your city might be able to handle the Super Bowl if the city has the right amount stadium size and seats, hotels, distance and other amenities.

It's time to open up the Super Bowl, and give all cities with NFL franchises that play in cold weather and in open-air stadiums a shot to host the big game in these cities. It will open up football fan and non-football fan's expose to stadium across America besides the stadiums that have been shown redundantly in previous Super Bowls. The NBA, NHL and MLB have hosted their All-Star weekends in the cities that have franchises in those respective leagues. Even the NHL has a game outside once a year at a Major League ballpark despite those games are played in arenas during the season. It's smart to reach out to their fanbase and go to where they are. They have given those franchises an opportunity to showcase their cities not only to America but to the world. Plus, Super Bowl week and the big game itself would keep on evolving because you're not showcasing it in the same cities.

Here is a list of the cities that have hosted the Super Bowl, and the number of times each of these cities has hosted the event.

Super Bowl Host Cities

# Super Bowls Hosted
Years Hosted
Miami Area
1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2010
New Orleans
1970, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2013
Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
1967, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1993
1984, 1991, 2001, 2009
San Diego
1988, 1998, 2003
Phoenix Area
1996, 2008, 2015
1974, 2004, 2017
1982, 2006
1994, 2000
San Francisco/Bay Area
1985, 2016
1992, 2018
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Area
New York Metropolitan Area

The Weather in Dallas the Week of Super Bowl XLV

The weather being warm in the city that is chosen to host it is not guaranteed. When Atlanta hosted Super Bowl XXXIV, it was in the 30s and inches of snow on the ground on gameday. Also, when the Dallas area hosted the game in Jerry World a few years ago, it was a big ice storm the week of the Super Bowl, where five people were injured by falling ice. Most fans wouldn't mind attending a Super Bowl in a cold weather city, but it's not the fans who have the biggest gripe about it. It is the media members. some owners and corporate sponsors who have the biggest gripes. Media members shouldn't gripe about weather because they're being paid to cover the Super Bowl. Majority of the reporters won't be in the stands covering the game, they'll be watching the game in the press boxes taking notes. Plus, the corporate sponsors aren't going to be sitting with the fans in the stands watching the game, they'll be sitting in their loges throughout the game. Those people complaining about weather while sitting in their loges and press boxes is like someone complaining about a free lunch because the food's too hot. The coldest Super Bowl ever was Super Bowl IX in New Orleans at the old outdoor Tulane Stadium. Yes, "hot and warm" New Orleans, the pre-Superdome days. The temperature was 39 degrees on gameday with a wind chill of 24 degrees at kickoff.

Some people feel if the Super Bowl is held in a cold weather city, it would play as the determining factor in the game. If that's the case, you can say that about regular season football that's play in cold climate. I don't think the weather would play a deciding factor in a Super Bowl. In this game, the two best teams from the AFC and the NFC play against each other for the ultimate prize. Whichever team wins the game will have proven that they're the best team in the National Football League. At the end of the game, there's going to be a champion and there's going to a runner-up. Should the Chicago Bears blame the rain in Miami for their loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI instead of the bad play of then-starting quarterback Rex Grossman? Should the Denver Broncos blame the cold weather in New Jersey for them being embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks in last year's Super Bowl? That game could've been played at Cleveland's Luke Easter Park (aka Woodhill) in early June and the Broncos still would've been blown out.

All NFL players play in cold conditions during the regular season as well as most of the playoffs. NFL players are very used to playing in bad weather conditions, so playing the Super Bowl in a cold-weather city wouldn't be foreign to them. If my team was great enough to make to the Super Bowl playing in good and bad weather conditions during the regular season; I wouldn't care where I would have to play or the conditions because I'd strongly feel that we can win anywhere. It's also hypocritical in order for a Super Bowl to be hosted in cold weather city it has to have a dome or a retractable roof. But, most of media members and corporate sponsors have problems with coming to cold weather cities for the event. If these people are so anti-cold weather city then they should eliminate all cold weather cities even the ones with domes and retractable roofs on their stadiums, and just have them in warm cities only to level the playing field.

Now, that New York/New Jersey hosted last year's Super Bowl, the NFL has opened the floodgates for these cities with open-air stadiums. Some owners will start placing bids to host the Super Bowl in these cities. In fact, some owners are already planning to petition the NFL to host the big game in their respective cities. They feel if you're going to let these cities with domes and retractable roofs host the big game then why can't we host it. You can't blame them because if the NFL is going to open it up for some cities, they might as well open it up to all cities.

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My Top Five Cold Weather Cities for a Super Bowl

1. Chicago, IL - Soldier Field

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit, it's my second city (no pun intended). This city is no stranger to hosting major events, and it's great sports town filled with lots of restaurants and tourist attractions. There's plenty of hotels in the city and its surrounding areas, plus there's great public transportation such as CTA's El and bus line that connect to Downtown Chicago and the stadium along with the cab service if visitors don't want to get caught up in the city's gridlock. Soldier Field is one of the classic stadiums in the NFL. But, the only downside is that Soldier Field only has 61.000 seats and the NFL wants a stadium with 70,000+ seats.

2. Cleveland, OH - FirstEnergy Stadium

Cleveland, my hometown, that was once known as "The Mistake By the Lake" is now starting a renaissance and just because NBA superstar LeBron James came back to Cleveland. It's not your daddy or your granddaddy's Rust Belt city that they once knew, it's going through a huge transformation. The city is getting plenty of national recognition by the New York Times, L.A. Times, Buzzfeed and Fodor as cities to visit in 2015. The city is also building new hotels and remodeling the bridge. The city is starting to pull in events such as the Wizard Comic Convention on February 20-22 and the 2016 Republican National Convention. Plus, the Browns' home FirstEnergy Stadium is getting huge upgrades that'll be finished in 2016 and the stadium holds 73.000 seats. Cleveland also has plenty of restaurants, the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and the Horseshoe Casino -- all within close distance of the hotels as well as the stadium not being too far from the hotels. The state of Ohio is the birthplace of American professional football, which started in Canton. You'll have to be careful of pot holes while you're driving through the Cleveland streets in February. But, to Randy Newman Cleveland is burning on in a new way.

3. Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field

Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, another great sports city. It has great food and great tourist attractions including The Liberty Bell and the Rocky Statue. Plus, there a good amount of hotels within the area of the stadium. This stadium has also shown that they can hold major concerts and events over the years. But, the only disadvantage that the stadium has that the stadium only has 69,176 seats, which is a little short of the NFL's 70.000+ seats required to host the big game.

4. Seattle, WA - Centurylink Field

Seattle would be a good choice for a Super Bowl because it can also handle major events. Plus, it's also another passionate sports city. But, CenturyLink Field is also very good stadium and an interesting stadium. The usual seating for the Seahawks is 67,000 seats, but it expands up to 72,000 seats for special events. So, with that advantage this stadium definitely makes Seattle a good choice for a Super Bowl. Yes, it gets cold in Seattle but it mostly rains more than snows. But, also there's only 103 hotels within distance of the stadium, so that may be the only disadvantage for Seattle.

5. Washington, DC/Landover, MD - FedExField

The Nation's Capital would also be a great place to host the Super Bowl. DC is definitely not a stranger to hosting major events. The city is one of the classic tourist cities in the world. Now, the reason why I put both of these cities together because FedEx Field is in Landover, MD, which is 22 minutes away from Washington, DC. FedExField also seats up to 79.000 seats in capacity. There are also a great bundle of hotels in the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. The city has great and accessible public transportation that can take you to the stadium if visitors don't want to put up with the city's wall-to-wall gridlock.

My Sixth Man: Denver, CO - Sport Authority Field


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