|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLWith all of the sideshows surrounding the Super Bowl in the week leading up to the big game, here comes another one from Chicago. Mayoral candidate Gery Chico has stated that if he is elected mayor of the city of Chicago, he will push for the Super Bowl coming to Chicago. But can the Midwest city really handle a big game of their own?
The Bears had a pretty good season this year, coming within a touchdown of making it to the Super Bowl themselves. They were beaten by arch-rivals the Green Bay Packers in a close game for the NFC division championship title. Now with all of the hype surrounding the game, Chico is attempting to capitalize on the excitement and put Chicago football back into the spotlight.
Unfortunately, Chicago is not really set up to host a Super Bowl. For one, the weather is always a factor in the city in early February. Unlike Dallas or Miami, which have hosted Super Bowls in the recent past, Chicago is expecting up to 18 inches of snow in the next couple of days. And Soldier Field is an outdoor stadium. Teams can practice in other venues around the city, but a severe winter storm could affect travel to the region for several days before the Super Bowl.
New Jersey, though, will be hosting a Super Bowl in 2014, and it has similar severe weather conditions in the winter. But that brings up the second objection to hosting a big game in Chicago – New Jersey has a larger arena than Chicago. Soldier Field has a capacity of about 61,500 people. The minimum amount for the Super Bowl seems to be around 70,000 seats, so Chicago just does not have enough room. Dallas' Cowboys Stadium can hold at least 80,000.
So there is really no reason to expect a Super Bowl in Chicago anytime soon. Gery Chico is not expected to win the race to be mayor of the city, so the talk of pushing for the big game to come to the city may die down in a few days. And everyone remembers how well the city's proposal for holding an Olympics went earlier this year.