Snowy Denver Super Bowl?
In late August, Mayor Michael Hancock and Visit Denver put in a bid for the Super Bowl to come into Denver either in 2018, 2019, or 2020. The motion is only to see if Denver would be eligible to host the big game, but we’ve tried once before, for the 2015 game that was awarded to Phoenix.
The Super Bowl is traditionally an indoor game, but with MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosting the game in 2014, the door could be opened for a city with an outdoor stadium to host the nation’s most watched sporting event. The MetLife Stadium game serves as a test, to see what eventualities could occur during such a game.
The largest issues facing Denver in hosting the game, outside of the stadium, are the requirements issued by the NFL. These include a 70,000 seat stadium, accommodations within an hour of the stadium for 30,000 people, and an average daily temperature of 50 degrees on the day of the event.
The hotel rooms are easily done. But the weather is far more fickle, particularly in the city. On the day of, it could be 65 and sunny, or it could be 6 and blizzard conditions. But more worry-some, is that it could be both within the span of the entire game. “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes,” as the old Denver cliché states.
It goes without saying that it could be a huge economic boom for the state. But some of the logistical challenges presented could be too much to bear. But if they play the playoffs in the elements, why not play the most important game of all in the cold?