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The argument against Green Bay hosting the game has two major points of contention according to the arbitrary guidelines put out by the NFL.
1. The average temperature of the host city must be above 50 degrees in early February. (For the sake of their argument, I assume this entails cities with outdoor stadiums as we're in Indianapolis this year and have been in Detroit and Minneapolis for previous Super Bowls).
The NFL’s "one-time" temperature rule exception of the 2014 Super Bowl in New York/East Rutherford, New Jersey is a step in the right direction.
2. There must be 27,000 quality hotel rooms.
1. Are we playing golf or football? Football’s beauty is that it is played in any weather, sun, rain, sleet, and snow. Would Bart Starr’s plunge for a last gasp touchdown in Lambeau Field’s Ice Bowl be as iconic if it were 75 degrees? The “Partly Sunny” Bowl?!
By the way, it snowed in Dallas last year a day before the Super Bowl, so this temperature requirement puffs out like...a lot of hot air.
2. The city of Jacksonville brought in cruise ships to supplement their hotel shortage for the 2005 Super Bowl. Green Bay, which has 7,000 hotel rooms, could certainly do the same. I don’t know what “quality” is defined by, but I gather a football fan wouldn’t require much more than a roof, a bed and a TV. You want to enjoy a spa, go to Monte Carlo. You want to enjoy a football game, go to Green Bay.
As an original alternative, why not crash in the spare rooms of local residents/NFL owners? You’ll never get a better pre-game bratwurst or be part of a more spirited tailgate!
Now, let’s strap on the snow shoes and march it to Northeast Wisconsin for some authentic pigskin action!