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February 3, 2014

Philly, other cities want to host Super Bowl

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Goodell was noncommittal when asked Friday about the league choosing another cold-weather venue for its championship game.

"We know there's interest in other communities hosting the Super Bowl," he said. "I think the ownership — we'll all sit back and review that when we're done, but we have a very aggressive process in how to select cities. 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."

OK, cross Green Bay off the list. But Philadelphia has to be in the mix based on that criteria.

"We believe Philadelphia is a great city with great amenities, great facilities, great sports fans, great transportation system and it would make for a great Super Bowl host city," Eagles President Don Smolenski told The Associated Press last week.

Eleven-year-old Lincoln Financial Field is the primary home for the Army-Navy game, and a potential site for the 2022 World Cup. The stadium has undergone recent renovations, including two new video screens in both end zones. That should only increase its chances.

"We built Lincoln Financial Field under the premise that Philadelphia is a world-class city deserving of world-class facilities and events," Smolenski said.

Of course, the Super Bowl is more than just a one-day event. Plenty of time, money and energy are spent on the weeklong activities leading up to the game. New York transformed Times Square into Super Bowl Boulevard, an outdoor street fair that took over the city's busiest thoroughfare. There was a 60-foot-high toboggan slide right in the middle of Manhattan, and more than a million people visited the popular tourist spot last week to enjoy all the festivities.

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