Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium wasn't the disaster some feared it would be and now other cold weather cities want a turn at hosting the mega-event. While plans have already been made or narrowed down for every Super Bowl through 2018, Philadelphia, Foxboro, Washington D.C. and Chicago have all expressed interest in hosting Super Bowl LIII in 2019, according to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press.
Jeffrey Lurie, Bob Kraft and Daniel Snyder, the owners of the Eagles, Patriots and Redskins, have spearheaded the early lobbying for their respective cities so far, while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has led the push for the Windy City.
Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked on Friday about the possibility of other cold-weather cities getting a turn to host the Super Bowl and was noncommittal in his answer, although he certainly didn't sound opposed to the idea:
"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. So the infrastructure's incredibly important. We're well over 30,000 hotel rooms needed even to host the Super Bowl. So there's some communities that may not even be able to do it from an infrastructure standpoint, but we know the passion's there."
Temperature at kickoff at MetLife Stadium on Sunday was 49 degrees, much warmer than some expected and/or feared. If a Super Bowl was hosted at Gillette Stadium, the home of the Patriots, Kraft isn't suggesting that the team crosses its fingers for similar luck, though.
"We would love one day to hold it," Kraft said. "I'm a great supporter of playing this game in all elements."
Glendale, Ariz. is set to host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 with the future home of the 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. playing host of Super Bowl L in 2016.