The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > Cafe Society

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-26-2004, 06:29 PM
Khadaji Khadaji is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Southern Pennsylvania
Posts: 21,600
How do they pick the location for the Super Bowl?

I know this has a factual question, but since it is about entertainment, i put it here...

How do they decide where the Super Bowl will be each year? Has there ever been a SB where they played at the stadium of one of the participents?
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 12-26-2004, 06:46 PM
nivlac nivlac is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Golden State
Posts: 2,356
Quote:
Originally Posted by Khadaji
I know this has a factual question, but since it is about entertainment, i put it here...

How do they decide where the Super Bowl will be each year? Has there ever been a SB where they played at the stadium of one of the participents?
I believe that the SuperBowl sites are selected by some NFL committee. Any location has to satisfy all kinds of requirements like stadium seats, lodging, places to party, etc. Cities go through elaborate presentations to "earn" the honor.

As to a team playing "at home" for the SuperBowl, I only know of one: SuperBowl XIX, 1985, SF vs. Miami. The 49ers beat a Marino-led team at Stanford, CA. 49er headquarters and practice facilities are just down the road from the stadium. It was essentially a home game.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-26-2004, 06:54 PM
Jplacer Jplacer is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the LA Rams in Super Bowl XIV. That game was played in the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, Calif. That is not the Rams' home field but it was close.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-26-2004, 10:26 PM
astorian astorian is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
The NFL Committee that picks Super Bowl locations often plays politics, and uses its powers to coerce cities into building new stadiums for their local teams.

If, for instance, the Patriots were trying to get the city of Providence or Boston to build them a brand-new domed stadium for free, the NFL would let the city fathers of Providence/Boston know that they'd be awarded a Super Bowl a few years down the road if they said "yes."

That's how we got Super Bowls in Pontiac, Michigan and in Minneapolis.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-26-2004, 10:32 PM
Trailer Park Casanova Trailer Park Casanova is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
I believe a locall free from bad weather, either a mild climate city, or domed stadium is essential in the selection too.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-26-2004, 11:02 PM
Jplacer Jplacer is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
I have to admit the NFL is mixing up the sites for the next few Super Bowls. This year is in Jacksonville (first one), then Ford Field in Detroit (second time for Detroit) then Miami and finally Phoenix.

I like to see some variety in Super Bowl sites. There have been too many Super Bowls in Miami and New Orleans. There have been 8 games in Miami and 9 in New Orleans.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-26-2004, 11:11 PM
silenus silenus is online now
Hoc nomen meum verum non est.
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 41,131
It's not only the stadium that matters. You also have to have a site that is suitable for the week-long orgy of parties leading up to the Super Bowl. See Miami and New Orleans above.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-27-2004, 08:44 AM
Snickers Snickers is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by astorian
The NFL Committee that picks Super Bowl locations often plays politics, and uses its powers to coerce cities into building new stadiums for their local teams.

If, for instance, the Patriots were trying to get the city of Providence or Boston to build them a brand-new domed stadium for free, the NFL would let the city fathers of Providence/Boston know that they'd be awarded a Super Bowl a few years down the road if they said "yes."

That's how we got Super Bowls in Pontiac, Michigan and in Minneapolis.
The Vikings have a new stadium? News to me - I've been to most of our home games in the Metrodome, brand spanking new as of 1982. Yes, the 'Dome hosted a Superbowl back in the '90s (1992? 1993? I don't remember), but it's by no means new.

Not for lack of trying, however.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-27-2004, 02:49 PM
Spoke Spoke is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
The location is determined by a complicated formula the principal component of which is the number of strip clubs located in the candidate city.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-27-2004, 02:50 PM
JohnT JohnT is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 14,251
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jplacer
I have to admit the NFL is mixing up the sites for the next few Super Bowls. This year is in Jacksonville (first one), then Ford Field in Detroit (second time for Detroit)...
Detroit in late January. Sounds like fun!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-27-2004, 03:56 PM
Munch Munch is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnT
Detroit in late January. Sounds like fun!
Ford Field is domed.
Reply With Quote
Reply



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2013 Sun-Times Media, LLC.