NFL Commissioner Says D.C. ‘Likely’ Has Infrastructure to Host Super Bowl
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - While Washington, D.C. is still being discussed as a potential landing spot for the 2024 Summer Olympics, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has left the door open on the nation’s capital hosting a future Super Bowl as well.
Goodell stipulated in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes that the NFL will closely monitor how New York City handles the upcoming Super Bowl first – which will be the first time the league’s biggest event has been held outdoors in a cold-weather city.
“What is it going to take for us to host a Super Bowl?” show host Chad Dukes asked Goodell on Wednesday.
“Well I think the first thing is we’re obviously going into this year’s Super Bowl,” Goodell answered. “There’s clearly more buzz, more interest and I think it’s going to be a great success, and I think if we have a great success here, there’s going to be interest in the Washingtons of the world and other markets.”
He stressed emphasis on how large an undertaking hosting the big game is, but from the sound if it, D.C. fits the bill of metropolitan areas capable of handling such an immense influx of people.
“Not every market, whether you’re in northern climates or in southern climates, can host a Super Bowl just because of the sheer enormity of it,” Goodell said. “We’re now close to 30,000 rooms that are required. The stadium’s an important element. But Washington likely has all that infrastructure.”
Super Bowl XLVIII, scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014, will actually be held just across the river from New York at MetLife Stadium – home to the Giants and Jets – in Rutherford, New Jersey. However, the nation’s largest city is expected to handle the brunt of the overflow from the game, due to its proximity to the stadium.
“So I think Washington will be among the cities that’ll demonstrate an interest in that going forward, and I’m sure [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder will be watching with a lot of interest.”
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