LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is hoping Sunday’s cold weather Super Bowl in northern New Jersey bodes well for Washington’s chances of hosting the big game in the future.
When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks kickoff at MetLife Stadium, meteorologists say temperatures will be around 36 degrees. Meanwhile, 220 miles south, the thermometers at an empty FedEx Field will read right around 40.
Sunday’s game will test the viability of holding the NFL’s premiere event away from a traditionally warmer climate. And if all goes well, Washington will be among the cold weather teams with outdoor stadiums to make a strong push for hosting the Super Bowl in the future.
When the Redskins unveiled 100-foot-long high-definition video boards at FedEx Field in 2010, Snyder spoke of the possibility of holding the event at the stadium.
“I think that the Super Bowl being in New York should help Washington,” Snyder said. “We deserve a Super Bowl, we’re the nation’s capital. It makes all the sense in the world.”
That stadium’s seating capacity has been reduced from 91,000 in 2010 to 79,000 last season.
“We have an enormous stadium for the Super Bowl. We can even put more room in here,” Snyder said at the time.
The soonest a Capital Super Bowl could happen is 2019.
When NFL owners convene in May to determine the location of Super Bowl LII, the District won’t be in the running. The host cities for the 2018 game have been narrowed down to three markets with domed stadiums — New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.
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