10 NFL Stadiums That Should Host a Super Bowl
Which Stadiums Make the Cut?
The NFL announced the sites for Super Bowl L and LI on Tuesday as the San Francisco area will get the 50th anniversary game while Houston will host the following year. It got me to thinking about what other places should be made sites for the Super Bowl going forward. It isn’t fair that only stadiums in the south and west or ones that have domes get considered for the game. I have compiled a list of the top ten NFL stadiums that should get the Super Bowl.
I thought that the game was played on cold, snowy days in the wintertime. That is obviously not the case in deciding where the biggest game of the season is played. You don’t see playoff games get moved to warmer places just because a snowstorm is moving in. I don’t understand why we haven’t had a cold weather game. We will get this after the 2013 season when Super Bowl XLVIII is played at MetLife Stadium on Feb 2, 2014. It will be a true test to see if a cold weather game can happen.
I safely assume that if the New York experience works out, we will see other cities get a chance at the big game in the coming years. It may take until Super Bowl LV for it to happen but I think we will see it sooner than later. I’m sure there are other places that would work as well for a Super Bowl game but I tried to focus on the ten best locations. Here is my list of the top ten stadiums that deserve to host a Super Bowl.
10. Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
If the game were to be moved outside of warm weather sites, why not give Cincinnati a shot? It is newer and has enough seats to fit everyone that the league would want there. It would be something different for sure.
9. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Here is a Midwestern stadium that would be perfect for the game. It can seat over 76,000 people and would be a welcoming place that just saw a baseball All-Star Game last year.
8. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
I like the idea of a Super Bowl being played in Pittsburgh. There is just something to that idea. You can bring back a lot of memories of victories for their hometown team in the process and have a great game as well.
7. Gillette Stadium, New England
Some of the biggest playoff games in recent years have been in this stadium. If they can play a Super Bowl just down the road in New York, why not have it in New England?
6. FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
There is a lot of tradition of football there in Cleveland and the economy there could use a boost just like everywhere else. It would at least bring a Super Bowl to town.
5. Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
A newer stadium in Denver that should have got a Super Bowl as soon as it opened because of promises made to them. This one could be affected by weather too but why not give it a shot?
4. CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Seattle may be known for rainy conditions a lot of the time but the noise in that building makes me want a Super Bowl there. The advertisers may not want a rainy Super Bowl but we have seen it before.
3. Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo
The chances of some lake-effect snow always will come into play in Buffalo. However, for a city that saw their team go to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, I think they would support having the big game.
2. Soldier Field, Chicago
The tourism in Chicago would support this working even if there was a blizzard in town. It may be hard to pull off because the date of the next Super Bowl. February 2 is also the same date as the city’s 21-inch snowstorm from 2011.
1. Lambeau Field, Green Bay
This one is almost too obvious. How can the greatest game in the sport not be played in this iconic stadium at least once? Who knows if you head up with another Ice Bowl in the process?