On Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel about possibly hosting a Super Bowl at Soldier Field.
“We did speak about this earlier,” Goodell said during a news conference to honor Soldier Field as the first NFL stadium certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). “As you know, we are hosting a Super Bowl in New York in an open-air stadium in 2014, and we’re excited about that. We think it’s going to be a great thing for our fans, and a great thing for New York.
“I think if we can do it successfully there, I think that opens up doors where we’ll be looking at. Obviously, you know how to host great events. … And you got a great stadium.”
After hosting the most recent NATO summit Emanuel believes Chicago proved if can handle a Super Bowl.
“First of all, we’ve always been good enough to host the Super Bowl,” Emanuel said. “Obviously, they’re going to have their Super Bowl in another (cold-weather) city. See how that goes. But we talked about why Chicago … two weeks ago (we) had a bunch of world leaders here, sixth largest NATO Summit. If we can do that, it’ll be a perfect place to have a Super Bowl.”
Now that the New York/New Jersey is hosting a Super Bowl, every cold weather city will make their case to host one as well. I’m personally not against it since they’ve already decided to have it at MetLife stadium in New Jersey.