So, they didn’t win on the first vote. But did anyone expect New York to actually not be successful in its bid for the 2014 Super Bowl?
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at the new stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., that is shared by the Giants and Jets. New York won out, defeating bids from South Florida and Tampa, sites that have hosted numerous Super Bowls. It took a second, a third vote and then a fourth vote from the NFL owners meeting in Texas this afternoon after South Florida was knocked out. That shows right there that some owners were opposed to the idea of taking the big game to the Big Apple. New York could not gain 75 percent (24 of 32 votes) to win on the third ballot. So, the Giants/Jets went to a fourth ballot where they won by majority over Tampa.
It is the first time the NFL will hold its marquee event in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather environment. Barring a blizzard like they’re known to have from time to time in New York on that weekend in February, we expect the game to go off. And now we expect every other cold-weather city to start clamoring for a Super Bowl. Wait, what is that we just heard? Yes, Daniel Snyder would like his own Super Bowl now too. At least we know he meets the minimum seating requirements at FedEx Field.
Can a Super Bowl in New York be worse than a Super Bowl in Detroit or Indianapolis or Minnesota, cold-weather sites with domes? Maybe not. It certainly cannot be worse than a Super Bowl in Jacksonville either.
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