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Sam Adams’ Open Mic: Denver deserves shot as host of Super Bowl

Sam Adams
Rocky Mountain News
Denver, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Talk about a picture-perfect day for football. That’s what we saw in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday.

In Denver, Colorado, too.

Forty degrees. Sunny skies. The kind of winter day – yes Colorado, it is winter – tailor-made for a good game of football. And not just in the street or park while waiting for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIII.

So why can’t there be a Super Bowl played in Denver? Even if it snowed 10 inches with bone-chilling cold, I bet people would cram into the city and fill the Broncos’ home stadium to watch two teams play for the NFL championship.

(See, I don’t like saying play for the world championship. The NFL doesn’t have a team outside the United States. Heck, it doesn’t have a team in Los Angeles. How does the Super Bowl winner become champion of the world?)

Back to the Denver-host-a-Super Bowl thing. Over the years, teams have endured inclement weather conditions to reach the Super Bowl. If the league’s biggest game has to be played in poor conditions, so be it. Anything short of a lightning storm ought to be acceptable.

Thing is, Denver usually has decent weather at this time of year – the kind of weather deemed “great” for football played in late December. Yet, most often the league pumps Super Bowl monies into economies in Florida (12 times) or California (11 times), with stops in New Orleans (nine times) or another city with a domed stadium.

Super Bowl XLIV will be played in Miami. Dallas hosts XLV, and Indianapolis will host XLVI.

The ski industry would get an economic boost with the Super Bowl in Denver. Downtown and the city’s outlying suburbs would get a boost, as well. Denver would be electric, hosting the AFC and NFC champions and all the media hoopla that surrounds the event.

If it came down to it, Football Fan, Football Reporter and Celebrity Watcher could handle cold weather in Denver.

Denver handled its business with the Democratic National Convention quite well. The Super Bowl would go over well here, too. Sure, there would be glitches. Nothing ever works to perfection.

In San Diego, some of the stadium-bound cable cars stalled before Super Bowl XXXII. People sweated it out, eventually arrived at the game and forgot all about it.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen always is adamant about bringing Super Bowl trophies to Denver. Can he flex some influence and convince his NFL peers that the league’s biggest showcase belongs in the Mile High City at least once?


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