With New York/New Jersey getting the nod to host the Super Bowl in 2014, many wonder if Chicago will ever host the Super Bowl. NY/NJ is just like Chicago, a cold weather city that plays football the real way - outdoors and in the elements.
Just like our Olympic bid, the answer is a big fat NO. The NFL requires hosting stadiums seat at least 70,000. Soldier Field holds 61,500 and is the smallest stadium in the league (in the league's second largest market).
Soldier Field, despite all the criticism it gets, is a world-class stadium. It can get really loud, has a great sound system and there isn't a bad seat in the house. Since the NFL broke the 50 degree temperature barrier as a requirement for a city to host a Super Bowl, maybe someday they'll break the 70,000 minimum requirement.
Could you imagine a Super Bowl being played in frigid temperatures by the lake? If fans can brave the NHL's Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, they can brave a Super Bowl in Soldier Field on a blistery February night.
Here's the report from the Chicago Tribune:
Break out the parkas! The 2014 Super Bowl will be held in New Jersey and
it won't be indoors.
NFL owners have voted to put the championship game in the new
$1.6 billion Meadowlands stadium that's about to become home to the New
York Jets and Giants. It does not have a roof and it will be February.
It is the first time the NFL has picked a known cold-weather
site to hold the game outdoors. The 48th Super Bowl in East Rutherford,
N.J., will almost certainly be colder than the Super Bowl's record low
of 39 degrees at kickoff. That came at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in
Bid organizers say February temperatures in northern New Jersey
are usually 24 to 40 degrees. Two Florida cities, Miami and Tampa, were
the other bidders.