Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that he pitched the idea of having a Super Bowl in Chicago to commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Obviously, they’re gonna have their first (cold-weather) Super Bowl in another city. We’ll see how that goes,” Emanuel said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “But we talked about why (not) Chicago? Just two weeks ago (we) had a bunch of world leaders here. Sixth-largest NATO summit. And if we can do that, it would be an appropriate place to have a Super Bowl.”
The 2014 Super Bowl will be in New York, the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city.
“If we can do it successfully there, that opens up doors that we’ll be looking at,” Goodell said. “Obviously, you know how to host great events. The mayor just mentioned several. And you’ve got a great stadium. Those are two key factors.”
The Bears’ Soldier Field holds 63,500.
“The most important thing now is having a great stadium and having a city that can have the infrastructure to host the hundreds of thousands of people that come in,” Goodell said.
“Let us get to the point of submitting a bid, then we’ll take a look and see what needs to get done to make it a winning bid,” he added.