The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in hosting the Super Bowl in 2023, per multiple reports.
The Pittsburgh Steelers want to host the Super Bowl in 2023.
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According to Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official website, team president Art Rooney II has submitted an application to the National Football League (NFL) to make this a reality.
The Steelers turned in their application during the annual NFL League Meeting in San Francisco two months ago. Varley says this is the first step in the process which does not guarantee Pittsburgh hosting the Super Bowl in Heinz Field eight years from now.
The success of Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J. where the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in a frigid Giants Stadium paved the way for other northern cities such as Pittsburgh to have Super Bowl aspirations, per the Steelers' official website.
Varley obtained a statement from Rooney on Pittsburgh's Super Bowl bid for 2023:
"We met this morning with local community leaders to provide an update on formally submitting our application to the NFL to bid for Super Bowl LVII in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
"The application is an early step in the bidding process, and we will continue to meet with representatives of the Mayor's Office, County Executive's Office, VisitPittsburgh, Allegheny Conference as well as as other community leaders to review the requirements with the hopes of submitting our bid to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023."
Rooney told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Mark Belko on Wednesday this latest endeavor is worth pursuing:
"It's worth throwing our hat in the ring and exploring it. We have not determined that we will actually make a bid.
"I'm not saying anyone should start counting on this. But let's see how far we can take this."
Among the other nothern cities -- none of which feature domed stadiums -- which have expressed interest in hosting a Super Bowl include Boston, Ma., Buffalo, N.Y., Denver, Co. and Seattle, Wa., per The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Rooney told Belko he anticipates stiff competition but Pittsburgh's rich football tradition would give it an edge:
"We're not alone. There would be competition. I look at it as a why-not situation. I think we could do a good job in Pittsburgh and, obviously, I think football is a big part of our culture and history and tradition. There are a lot of traditions why we should at least explore it."
The NFL will meet with the candidate cities in 2018 to talk about logistics and prospective venues. Varley stresses the Steelers are doing research on other regions which include northern cities which have already hosted the Super Bowl.
More specifically, Belko says this Steelers advisory board will travel to cities like New York, Minneapolis and Indianapolis which were successful in their previous Super Bowl pitches.
Once the NFL Super Bowl Committe screens all applications, it will choose the finalists and ask them to submit their respective bids in 2018. The league's owners will then vote for the site of Super Bowl LVII when they meet the following year, per Steelers.com.
Should Pittsburgh win the bid for the Super Bowl in 2023, the city should expect more than 100,000 visitors. It is also aspiring to generate the amount of revenue Glendale did when it hosted Super Bowl XLIX this year. Glendale raked in approximately $719.4 million in revenue, per Belko.
Rooney told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the city meets the NFL's minimum of 30,000 hotel rooms which are within a 90-minute drive of the stadium.
VisitPittsburgh.com (via The Pittsbugh Post-Gazette) says the city has 36,468 hotel rooms which are an hour-and-a-half from Heinz Stadium, which seats 65,000 fans.
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