Cleveland's chances to host Super Bowl improving

11:14 PM, Feb 5, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A Super Bowl on the shores of Lake Erie? Some experts say never say never.

High marks for Indianapolis as the host of Super Bowl XLVI -- a first for that city -- may set the stage for other cities to have a shot at the NFL's biggest prize.

Of the league's 46 Super Bowls, all but 11 have been played in Florida, New Orleans, or California. Cold weather cities have only been awarded the big game if they had a domed stadium, something Cleveland lacks.

The league's decision to host the 2014 game in New Jersey -- a first with an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather town -- could mean cities like Cleveland will eventually get stronger consideration.

David Gilbert, President of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said the city's hotels, parking, restaurants and other amenities have improved each year. A proposed casino and the success of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also help the city's chances.

While the NFL has already awarded the next three Super Bowls, the 2016 game will be the event's 50th anniversary. Many experts believe the league will look to place that game in one of its founding cities, which would include Cleveland.

As for Cleveland submitting a bid to the league, Mayor Frank Jackson's Chief of Staff says that, if 2014 is a success (in New York), the mayor would "think about it". 


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