NFL owners approve outdoor Super Bowl near New York; Could D.C. be next?

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

IRVING, TEX -- Even before the NFL's franchise owners decided Tuesday to award a Super Bowl to the New York area, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said that Washington deserves a chance to host the sport's showcase event.

"I think Washington should get one, no matter what," Snyder said during a midday break at the owners' one-day spring meeting. "It is the nation's capital."

Hours later, the 32 team owners voted to play the 2014 Super Bowl at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is to be the first Super Bowl played in an outdoor stadium at a cold-weather site.

What remained unclear following Tuesday's vote was whether the chances had been bolstered for the District and other cities with chilly weather in February to host a Super Bowl.

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said that Snyder "may be right" in believing that Washington should host the game.

"I don't think it's at all unrealistic for [New England Patriots owner] Bob Kraft, for Dan Snyder," Tisch said. "We're opening a door. One thing that will be significant is 2014 and how it all goes -- logistically, the weather. If things go relatively well, I think it's going to be better than a long shot that other East Coast cities try to do what we did. I think that's going to be a big factor."

But some owners seemed to regard this as a one-time-only maneuver tied to the enormity of the New York market and the construction of the new stadium for the Giants and Jets.

"New York is really very unique, and I think that's really what it's all about," New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said.

Even so, Benson stopped short of saying he would not support any Super Bowl bid in another cold-weather venue. "I wouldn't say that," Benson said. "It depends on what happens. Let's wait and see."

John Mara, the Giants' other co-owner, said he wasn't ready to predict whether other traditionally cold-weather cities now will get their opportunities to host Super Bowls, but added: "Let's face it: There's only one New York City, and we have a stadium that I think is second to none."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said after the meeting ended: "I think there are some unique aspects of this. . . . I think each game is going to be [awarded to a host city] on an individual basis. I do think New York is a unique market."

For Tuesday's vote, the owners set aside their usual reservations about possibly playing the Super Bowl in less-than-ideal weather conditions, being lured by the potential glitz of putting the game in the nation's media hub. Two Florida sites, Tampa and the Miami area, also bid on the 2014 game, which was the next Super Bowl without a host city assigned.

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