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Success of 2014 Super Bowl leads to demand for more cold-weather games

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With the 2014 Super Bowl in the book, the big game at MetLife was a huge success. With the cold weather being a big concern in the lead up to the kick off, it turned out to be a non-issue. Though it was cold in the Meadowlands on Sunday night, it was not the coldest Super Bowl on record. Now that New York and New Jersey have successfully hosted the Super Bowl in 2014, more cold weather cities are throwing their name into the hat to become a future Super Bowl host.

“We want a Super Bowl here, we deserve a Super Bowl here,” Redskins owner Dan Snyder says. “It’s the nation’s capital, it makes all the sense in the world.”

“We have the infrastructure to host this event in the future,” Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “We have the hotel rooms, the transportation and the stadiums that would make it work. We’ve hosted events of this scale in the past and have been successful.”

To even be considered to be in the running as a Super Bowl host, a city must have at least 30,000 hotel rooms; this takes Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cincinnati out of the picture. NFL cities such as Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Boston are now lobbying the NFL and commissioner Rodger Goodell to have a future Super Bowl in another cold weather city.

"We know there's interest in other communities hosting the Super Bowl," Goodell said prior to Sunday’s game. “We'll all sit back and review that when we're done, but we have a very aggressive process in how to select cities. The ability to host a Super Bowl is more and more complicated, more and more complex, because of the size of the event and the number of events.”

Future Super Bowls have a host city locked in up until 2018; the next chance for a cold-weather city to host an outdoor game will not come until 2019.