While Tampa celebrates getting the RNC, could another Super Bowl be coming our way?

First and foremost, there is the little problem called weather in the northeast in early February.  Though Jets and Giants owners are extolling the beauty of potentially playing the game in the snow, there's a reason why traditionally the game has been held in places like Florida, Southern California and New Orleans more than any other areas: because the weather is ideal, not just for the game, but for the week long series of activities that take place during Super Bowl week.


You don't think so? Check with folks who attended the game in Detroit in 1982, or Minneapolis in 1992.  Heck, do you remember the folks who complained about the only time it ever rained at a  Super Bowl game, back in 2007 in Miami (the Prince game) when the Colts beat the Bears?


Enter Tampa.  Yes, the region has hosted the game as recently as a little over a year ago, and that's all to its favor.  By 2014 it will have been 5 years between being the host city.  Miami hosted both the 2007 and 2010 games.


The fact is that Tampa has now hosted 4 Super Bowls (84,91,2001,2009), and seemingly gets better at it every time.  The weather at last year's game was at a near perfect 70 degrees.  It's popular.  Does it have a shot?  Of course.


In the aftermath of  9/11, there was buzz that either NY/NJ or Washington D.C. could host the big game.  Luckily, people came to their senses and realized holding it in a cold weather clime wasn't ideal.


Yes, ever since the famous January 2002 Oakland Raider/New England Patriots prime time game in the snow (the infamous "Tuck Rule" game in which the Raiders got screwed and Tom Brady ended up going to his first championship) occurred at the same time that High Definition Television became more widespread, the NFL has embraced having cold weather games in December.  But seriously, if the NFL opts to give NY/NJ the 2014 game, it may not work out as they hope for.

At around the same time that Tampa city leaders were celebrating the announcement that their burg will host the 2012 Republican National Convention, in New York City, the czars that run the National Football League were accepting the bids of three regions vying for the 2014 Super Bowl - New York City/New Jersey, Miami and Tampa.

NFL owners will decide on May 25.

There is loads of  sentiment - as well as bit of homerism from the New York city based media - in the declaration that New York is the favorite.  One reason that they will get serious consideration is that of late, the NFL has been rewarding cities who spend hundreds of millions of dollars for new stadiums - and a new facility housing the New York Giants and New York Jets next to the late Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands will be unveiled for the 2010 season in August  (For the first time, Dallas will host the big game next year, and Indianapolis in 2012. Both have or will have new stadiums built . Major League Baseball has similarly awarded cities that have built new stadiums by offering them the opportunity to host the all-star game).

According to the Bergen County Record of New Jersey, there's lots of sentiment among the guys that matter - the owners- to have the 2014 game in NYC/NJ.

Several informal media polls give the Meadowlands bid a significant lead, with owners of the Minnesota Vikings (New Jersey real estate developer Zygi Wilf), New England Patriots and Washington Redskins already backing the bid publicly.

One of the two other competing cities, Miami, is said to have little chance because there haven't been stadium improvements made to Sun Life Stadium, conditions that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had requested.

(By the way, in case you're confused, as I was.  Sun Life Stadium used to be Land Shark Stadium.  Which used to be Dolphin Stadium.  Which used to be Pro Player Stadium.  Which used to be Joe Robbie Stadium.  I'm sure I'm missing another iteration).

Goodell has also spoken effusively about his current home of residence hosting the game?  So, NYC/NJ's a sure winner, right?

Not exactly.

Scroll to read more News Feature articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]