New York will play host to a rare outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl. Indianapolis, another cold weather city, threw a great Super Bowl event when that city hosted the event, but the Super Bowl crowds also benefited from unseasonably warm weather, and the game itself was held in an indoor venue.
Now, Philadelphia may be looking to get in on the cold weather, Super Bowl action. The Eagles have unveiled plans to expand and improve Lincoln Financial Field.
The two-year revitalization plan includes expanding the stadium by 1,600 seats, adding large HD video boards, making Wi-Fi available to fans (something that Roger Goodell has endorsed as a goal for all stadiums) and installing bridges to link the two sides of the upper concourse.
As one would imagine, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is very curious to see how well New York pulls off the Super Bowl festivities in a cold-weather city.
"We’re going to watch that very carefully," Lurie said, via PhillyBurbs.com. "I’m sure we’ve all been at phenomenal football games outside in December and January. So, absolutely, root for a decent-weather day in New York and New Jersey and we think we’ve got a great city here to host it, a great stadium, and I’m sure others feel the same way."
Chicago is another cold-weather city that could be hoping to host a Super Bowl if the event is well received in New York. Think of this season's Super Bowl as a trial for other northern cities that have typically missed out on hosting the big even due to the cold climate.