Pittsburgh Possible Super Bowl Destination!
There has only been one outdoor, northern Super Bowl ever, which was Super Bowl XLIII (48) in New York. Super Bowls are meant to be played in warm weather or indoor stadiums. If I was a fan paying hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to watch the Super Bowl, I would want to be in a warm place and not freeze to death. The NFL has been trying to branch out to northern cities to get them some attention, which means they are trying to be nice and give them some money. Northern football teams get gypped when it comes to Super Bowl publicity, but no one wants to freeze to death while they spend thousands to watch the game.
Dan Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, said that he thinks “it [the Super Bowl] should happen [in Pittsburgh].” Rooney also says that “some of our people have talked to some of the leagues people”, about hosting a Super Bowl in the Steel city. Heinz field is expanding its capacity to 67,440, which would increase its chances of getting the Super Bowl played there. However, only 3 games have been played in front of a crowd of less than 70,000 people.
The only way Pittsburgh would win the bid is because of our Super Bowl winning tradition. Our 6 Lombardi trophies may just draw the attention of the league to bring it to Pittsburgh. I think it would be pretty awesome to host a Super Bowl in Pittsburgh just for the atmosphere it would bring to the city. I just think it will be hard to convince the league to bring the Super Bowl to a cold weather city again, but if they can convince them I think that Pittsburgh would be a premiere destination for the biggest sporting event of the year.