It appears more and more that the city of New York is going to have the first cold weather outdoor Super Bowl on the East Coast in the history of the big game. It’s been one of the hottest topics in the NFL over the past few weeks, and now Gary Myers of the NY Daily News reports that it looks more than ever NY is going to get the game in 2014.
John Mara has been saying the Giants-Jets bid to host the Super Bowl in 2014 needs to pick up just 15 more votes when NFL owners go to the polls at the league meetings Tuesday in Dallas.
Well, you can make that 14 as Patriots owner Robert Kraft has officially promised his vote for the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city as New York goes into election day as the overwhelming favorite over Tampa and South Florida to get Super Bowl XLVIII.
Long ago, it got my endorsement. The Super Bowl in New York would be a can’t-miss event.
Kraft, who has been outspoken for months in his support of the Super Bowl coming to New York, says he hasn’t even bothered to read the binders that contain the bids of the three finalists.
“Doing it in New York is the right thing for a lot of reasons,” Kraft told the Daily News last week. “I’ve been going to Patriots game for 50 years up here. I personally believe all football should be played outdoors. Our league was founded on winter football with the Ice Bowl. Our sport is about resilience, mental toughness, adjustments. I think it will be a great experience for the fans. A memorable experience.”
Kraft also believes a New York Super Bowl will send a message to the world that New York is back in business after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“We are with you,” Kraft said. “All of America is with you. This would be good for the country. It’s good for America. It’s good for the NFL. It says, “Whatever challenges, we are resilient people. We’re back and we’re doing things.”
It’s expected that a New York Super Bowl will be a $550 million boon to the metropolitan economy.
With it looking like this will happen, it is going to start a trend of other cities than that of Tampa, Miami, New Orleans and San Diego getting the biggest game of the year? And just what would happen if the weather plays a huge part in the outcome of the game?
I for one am for the idea, and would love to see other cities like Green Bay, Pittsburgh and Chicago get the game as well.
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