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Mayor Nutter ramps up sales pitch for Eagles to host Super Bowl

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter out to host future Super Bowl
Photo by Bill McCay

The Philadelphia Eagles have spent almost 50 years trying to win a Super Bowl. Nevertheless, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter may be just as determined to host one as well. Nutter laid the gauntlet down on Feb. 5, as he bragged to reporters that Philadelphia and the Eagles can host the Super Bowl "better than anyone else" -- even New York/New Jersey.

Once Super Bowl 48 narrowly escaped being hit by a snowstorm, it was predictable that other cold weather cities with outdoor stadiums would take a shot at hosting the big game. The next available date is in 2019, so there's plenty of time for cities to make a case -- and hope the NFL forgets that New Jersey was lucky to avoid snow on its big day.

After the New York/New Jersey area, Philadelphia is one of the most prominent cold weather cities with an outdoor stadium that can host the Super Bowl. Lincoln Financial Field is already set to upgrade with several renovations, including two new high definition video boards in each end zone.

The timing isn't a coincidence, as Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer in June 2013 that Philadelphia would be "a great place" to host the Super Bowl when he announced the upgrades. Now that the door is open for a town like Philadelphia to get a Super Bowl, it seems things are falling into place for Lurie and Nutter's future sales pitch.

Of course, most Eagles fans would rather see the Eagles play in a Super Bowl than rent their stadium out for one. But if the Eagles manage to be the first team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium, it wouldn't be too shabby. By the time 2019 rolls around, the champion Seattle Seahawks probably won't all stay together, so the door could be open by then -- whether Chip Kelly and his offensive tricks are still around or not.

If Philadelphia does win the bidding, it has to do a better job with public transit than New York/New Jersey did, as thousands of riders were stranded for hours after Super Bowl 48. It would also help if Philadelphia's Super Bowl was closer than 43-8, even if the Eagles aren't part of it -- unless they racked up the 43 points.

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