Cool and Breezy: 10 NFL Stadiums That Could Host an Outdoor Super Bowl
You know the NFL is in a slow and boring offseason, when they are considering hosting the 2014 Super Bowl outdoors.
Some people have varying opinions on this issue, while others are in full support of football being played in the elements.
So far in professional sports, we have seen some popularity toward outdoor games. The NHL has been highly successful in hosting The Winter Classic annually each season, and I think I speak for everyone in saying, why can't the NFL top that?
Realistically, there are a few concerns that arise, but it wouldn't it be totally cool to see two teams slug it out in the cold, rain, sunshine or even possibly the snow? I know it's something I am in favor of.
So which stadiums should the NFL consider if this idea is to become more than just an overnight thought? A few stadiums emerge as favorites, but I think you'll find this list narrows it down fairly well.
-Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
-Raymond James Stadium
-Invesco Field at Mile High
10. Candlestick Park - San Francisco
A few people may have a problem with Candlestick Park being above more impressive and dominating stadiums such as Gillette Stadium. But the truth is, Candlestick Park can pack fans in like sardines in a can.
When watching San Francisco 49er games, it is noticeably obvious that Candlestick Park often fails to sell totally out. However, surely for the Super Bowl San Francisco could manage to fill all 70,000 seats.
The other cool factor of the Super Bowl possibly being in San Francisco, is the beauty that is this city. Rolling mountains overlook the stadium, and San Francisco has an almost cozy feel to it.
Is it Super Bowl worthy? I'd say so, but it may not be the NFL's first option.
9. Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City
Arrowhead Stadium is perhaps one of the most underrated places in all of football. It's loud, it's full of some of the most passionate supporters on earth, and the sea of red on Sundays is a sight to behold.
Although the capacity at Arrowhead is well and truly suitable, the fact that it is in Kansas City may play against it. I'm not saying Arrowhead is a bad place, but the words "Live from Kansas City" don't really sound all that great.
With that said, Arrowhead Stadium may bring a College Football type feel to the Super Bowl, as the fans more or less hang over the field in anticipation of a touchdown.
It's a great stadium that people need to recognize, and the Super Bowl would be more than just great at Arrowhead.
8. Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia
Now I know what you're thinking, "I don't want the greatest game on earth played in front of a bunch of rowdy Eagle fans." Although this is half true, just thinking about the rowdiness and energy zipping through Lincoln Financial Field at the Super Bowl gets me excited.
The good side to having the Super Bowl played at Lincoln Financial Field, is that the greatest day in all of sports would finally come to arguably the greatest sporting capital in America.
So how about it, The City of Brotherly Love to host the Super Bowl? There is a cause for concern as to whether or not the Commissioner may be pelted with batteries, but hopefully, Eagle fans are on the best of their behavior.
7. Soldier Field - Chicago
Ah, Soldier Field. Just looking at it reminds me of how football used to be.
Sure, Soldier Field isn't the most flashy stadium in the league, but it has hosted some of the most ruthless and important games in the NFL's illustrious history.
The stands at Soldier Field are on an obvious slant as you can see from the picture above, and this would make the fans really feel like they are in the game.
On the odd occasion that we get to see Soldier Field host a Monday Night Football Game, we are usually treated to an all-out slugfest, while the fans willingly get behind their Chicago Bears.
You could go as far as saying that we already know what a Super Bowl would be like at Soldier Field, but if the Windy City truly was windy, then the big game would be all that more interesting.
6. Heinz Field - Pittsburgh
From one historic stadium to another, we arrive at Heinz Field. From September through to January, it plays host to a sea of yellow as the fans place their entire lives into the Pittsburgh Steelers.
At times, Heinz Field can come off as a dark and dull place that wouldn't be a great host for the Super Bowl.
For the most part this is true, but to have the biggest game played in one of the most football-oriented cities would be truly amazing.
One other concern though with the Super Bowl being played in Pittsburgh is capacity. Would fans really fly from the east and west to see the Super Bowl in Pittsburgh?
I guess a few would, but this doesn't take away from how spectacular a game would be in Pittsburgh.
5. Qwest Field - Seattle
Qwest Field is perhaps my all time favorite NFL stadium. The 4 o'clock shadows on the sidelines are a site to behold, and the backdrop of the beautiful city only further proves my point.
Unfortunately, Seattle hasn't had a lot to cheer about recently, but I assure you if the Super Bowl was heading to Washington, this city would go into a frenzy.
Just looking at the picture to the left makes Qwest Field among the favorites to host the big game. The fans are reasonably close the field, there are no weird angles or shapes to the stadium, and the field is always in immaculate condition.
2014 in Seattle sounds good to me.
4. Qualcomm Stadium - San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium has begun to look a little run down lately in comparison to the bigger and better grounds in football. But this factor doesn't take away from how beautiful Qualcomm Stadium really is.
The thing that Qualcomm has going for it is capacity. Over 71,000 people cram into Qualcomm on a Sunday to see the Chargers play, and it always a loud and hostile ground for opposing teams.
Like Candlestick Park, Qualcomm Stadium also has that California feel to it. Fans would likely flock to the Super Bowl if it were to be played here, as it would also mean a small holiday for families and friends.
Perhaps the option for a Qualcomm Super Bowl is a daylight game. The skies are always beautiful on a sunny day, and if the weather permits, a daylight Super Bowl may be more pleasing to the eye than a night time game.
Whichever you favor is your own opinion, but Qualcomm has its benefits.
3. FedEx Field - Washington
Like Qwest Field, FedEx Field in Washington is vastly underrated. Packed to the rafters, FedEx Field is amongst the loudest, most hostile and rowdy stadiums in all of the NFL.
Like Arrowhead, the sea of red is amazing, and the fact that the crowd surrounds the field like ants on a crumb also adds to the entire experience.
The Super Bowl in Washington is perhaps the most intriguing thought of all. The fans love their football, and it is a place that is sure to draw a massive crowd.
Just watching a regular season game at FedEx Field is always a promising experience, and I can't even begin to imagine what the Super Bowl would feel like.
2. Lambeau Field - Green Bay
Capacity: 72, 928
Sold out since the 1960s, Lambeau Field is arguably the greatest stadium in football. History has been made here in the likes of Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and even Brett Favre.
For years I have been proposing the idea of a possible Lambeau Field Super Bowl, but fans have disagreed stating that Wisconsin is too far of a place for fans to travel.
Although this is true, having a Super Bowl in cold and unforgiving weather would stem back to the game's roots. This is how football was supposed to be played, so why not have the biggest game played in the elements at Lambeau Field?
Perhaps the players would disagree, but this is an idea that would not only pay respect to the game's past, but would also pay respect to one of the greatest stadiums in all of football.
1. Meadowlands Stadium - New York
This is the favored venue by the NFL to host the 2014 Super Bowl. We haven't seen much of it yet except for the odd aerial images, but Meadowlands Stadium is looking to be the newest and greatest "flashy" style stadium.
Open to the elements of the winds that Giants Stadium had become famous for, many NFL fans believe that this would be a great choice for the 2014 Super Bowl.
Personally I can't disagree, as a Super Bowl in New York is special in itself. However, so long as we are playing in an outdoor venue, do we really want to waste this opportunity on a newer stadium, or play in an older venue?
These are questions people have varying opinions on, but until we truly see Meadlowlands Stadium full to capacity, it will be tough to say whether this is a worthy candidate.