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With writers and commentators taking sides on the advisability of playing the Super Bowl outdoors in an undomed stadium in a “cold weather venue”, leave it to Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to come up with an entertaining way to make his case…

He thinks it is a good idea. Whether or not you agree, you should read this column in its entirety.

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  • Ed  On May 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    one problem with it being in some venues – almost all the fans come from out of town – does a Green Bay have the hotel space? The restaurants? NYC, Chicago… they might be able to take the immediate onslaught – and maybe not them either. And they book a long time ahead – it might be better to have the winner’s stadium be named the NEXT site, or 2 years ahead.

    Or they can be sure of never giving it to a home team, and play in Honolulu every year. Or Ford Field

  • Chris M  On May 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Here in Hickville TN, the local radio wags (who like their football warm and sunny) are all agog that the super bowl might take place in less than plush circumstances. I’m no longer a football fan, but when I used to follow the NFL, I liked the seasonal uncertainty – the idea that come winter, you might get to see the players’ breath hitting the air, and that they’d keep doing battle regardless of rain, snow, etc. As they called it in my old hometown, Bear Weather. Whereas the domed super bowls are robbed of any hazard, such that one can imagine the players Escalading it to the after-game party without even showering. If this is supposed to be the ultimate football game, then stop pussyfooting about the setting.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On May 28, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Ed:

    Agree that Green Bay would probably not have the local infrastructure to handle something the size of a Super Bowl; but remember, they had one in Jax and made it through. Jax is Green Bay with a beach and a US Navy installation…

    Good idea about scheduling games for Ford Field to assure there will never be a home field advantage…

    Chris M:

    I agree with you to a point. Football is indeed an “all-weather game” and manipulating the climate for the Super Bowl (which is what the NFL has always done) makes the final game into something other than an “all-weather game”.

    At the same time, here in the DC/Baltimore/Philly corridor, there was a blizzard the day before the Super Bowl this year. The cities were virtually shut down; there would have been more than a foot of snow in the stands and on the field had the game been here. That kind of “all-weather football” is fun to watch once in a while but I’m not sure it would be a good thing for a Super Bowl game.

    On balance, I like the idea of an outdoor/cold weather Super Bowl once in a while. I’ll bet the NFL sponsors/partners and the “beautiful people” who go to the Super Bowl with the intention of being seen going to the Super Bowl will not want those kinds of venues too often. And the game is as much for them as it is for football fans…

    After all, as far as I am concerned, the Super Bowl happens in my living room – - or in the living room of a friend who happens to hosting a Super Bowl party and who invited me to join him/her.

  • Ed  On May 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    um the last census estimate had Jacksonville at about 800K – Green Bay at closer to 100K – and Jax had a few years warning to block rooms, etc – so they would have rooms available. Other groups knew not to go at that time. Even some cities that could handle a SB with a couple of years warning would not be able to do it if it was a coupel of weeks warning.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On May 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Ed:

    Jax has a bigger population – - and a much larger geographical footprint – - than Green Bay. Neither is a “hotel center” by any stretch of the imagination nor is either city a cultural center or an entertainment center.

    Hold the Super Bowl in Green Bay and you’ll wind up housing some of the owners and the “corporate partners” at the Holiday Inn in Appleton – - which is about 35 miles from Green Bay. I don’t think they would like that even a little bit.

    There was a time in my real career when I had to visit Appleton more than a few times. It is a fine town – as is Green Bay. The thought of all the media and all the “hoi-polloi” that attend Super Bowls descending on that area in mid winter is not an appealing one. And I don’t think it matters at all how much notice they have…

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