NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at his press conference today that he'd be open to having the 2014 Super Bowl at the new Meadowlands Stadium.
That shows growth on the part of the commissioner's office. Before, the league was steadfast in its refusal to house its showcase event in an undomed, cold-weather stadium. But Goodell said the idea of having it up here is "interesting" to him. And the possiblity of it being played in anything from a frosty breeze to a driving snowstorm doesn't seem to bother him.
"That's the way the game of football is played," he said.
Have to say, I wouldn't be against this. Super Bowls tend to stimulate the economy for the week, as hotels and restaurants usually get filled to capacity the latter part of the week. And let's face it, it's not like the Olympics, a money-draining event that takes zillions of dollars in new construction and leaves cities in recovery for years to come. The NFL has used the carrot of a Super Bowl to spur the building of new stadiums around the league. So if the Meadowlands gets one, undoubtedly one would be forthcoming to places like Philadelphia, New England, Washington, Cleveland and Baltimore, which also have open-air stadiums.
Wouldn't be a bad precedent to set. And now that Goodell is on board, bet that it's going to happen.
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