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Super Bowl 2012: Power Ranking Future Locations for Biggest Game

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:  Fans gather outside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions game on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2016

The Super Bowl is the biggest event in sports, but the location of where the game is played is overlooked at times. 

Leading up the Super Bowl, the coverage is all about who is playing it, and rightfully so. However, where the game is played is of grave importance. We already know where the next few Super Bowls will be played, and the location of these places plays a role in whether or not people attend.  

Not only does it need to be a good stadium, but the place where the Super Bowl is held has to be in a fun city and preferably in a place for good weather. 

Super Bowl XLVI will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Weather won't be a factor for the game itself because it's a dome stadium, but outside the forecast is projected to be near freezing temperatures. 

The location of the biggest game of the year is almost as important as the game itself. That being said, it's time to power rank the future locations for the Super Bowl 

 

1. Los Angeles, Calif.

Yes, I'm fully aware that Los Angeles doesn't have a football team, but they're certainly trying to get one. There have been reports stating that Los Angeles wants to host Super Bowl L, or the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl if you aren't up to date with your Roman numerals. 

It's where the Super Bowl was born, so it's only right that Super Bowl L be in Los Angeles. 

It will be easier if Los Angeles has a team, but you can't deny that having the biggest game in sports being held in Hollywood would be nothing short of amazing. 

The Super Bowl is always held in the winter, but if the game were to be played in in Los Angeles, weather wouldn't be much of a problem. In Los Angeles, the high for Super Bowl Sunday is supposed to be 74 degrees.

In addition to great weather, there is the star appeal of Los Angeles. It would be a superb place to host Super Bowl L, so let's hope it gets done.  

 

2. Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Superdome in New Orleans, La. will host Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and it is the top destination of the current cities slated to host the next few Super Bowls. 

Photo courtesy NewOrleans.com
Photo courtesy NewOrleans.com

Having already hosted five times already, the Superdome is already a great location for the Super Bowl. 

The main reason is because the city of New Orleans is so vibrant. In fact, New Orleans hosted the Super Bowl three times before the Superdome was ever built.

The games were played in Tulane Stadium, which is great evidence that the Super Bowl committee loves going to New Orleans. 

Being a dome, the weather doesn't impact the game, and even though it might be a little chilly outside, the majority of people attending aren't going to care, especially if they find their way to Bourbon Street. 

 

3. University of Phoenix Stadium

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, and the only reason it falls to No. 3 on this list is because of the city. 

Photo courtesy of stadiumsofprofootball.com
Photo courtesy of stadiumsofprofootball.com

I would have it at No. 2, but New Orleans trumps Glendale easily. 

Arizona has hosted the Super Bowl twice, but the first was at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. This will be the second time the University of Phoenix Stadium will host the Super Bowl. 

The retractable roof is what makes this place so enticing. There isn't much to the city, but the city of Phoenix is less than half an hour away. 

Having the ability to close the stadium should the forecast call for rain is great, but at the same time, if the weather is perfect, which is most likely, the roof can be taken back and the sunshine can pour in. 

 

4. MetLife Stadium 

MetLife Stadium will host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, and I suggest you stay at home for this one. Of course, if your favorite team is going then hit the road. After all, you never know if they'll make it back again. 

Still though, make sure you pack plenty of clothes for warmth because it will be freezing. As an outdoor stadium, the teams lucky enough to make the Super Bowl in 2014 (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) are going to very cold. 

MetLife Stadium is located in East Rutherford, N.J., which is about half an hour away from New York. Most of those who attend will stay in New York because New Jersey doesn't have much to offer compared to New York. 

What's more, the average low around this time of year for that area is 20 degrees. That's not great weather for the biggest game of the year, which is why it falls to the bottom of this list. 

 

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