Weather plays big role in potential Denver Super Bowl bid

DENVER - Super Bowl Sunday proved to be a partly sunny day in Denver. The city even recorded a high temperature of 53 degrees. It is the kind of weather city officials hope will help persuade NFL officials that Denver can host a Super Bowl.

The city has already expressed interest to the NFL in hosting the big game. Officials are now waiting to see if the football league will invite the city to officially submit a bid.

Denver already meets the main NFL requirements to host a Super Bowl including having enough hotel rooms in the area and enough seats at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Weather now proves to be one of the major hurdles the city faces.

"Denver is Sports Town USA," said Deborah Park with Visit Denver, the nonprofit trade association that markets the Metro Denver area.

Park admitted fighting the perceived weather in Denver would be critical to a successful bid.

"When a national news network says it's snowing in Denver, it's actually snowing in the mountains," said Park. "Locals know that, but people outside of Colorado don't understand that."

7NEWS looked back and found three of the past six Super Bowl Sunday's were cold and snowy in Denver. The other three days, including this past Sunday, were warmer and sunny.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey would have an impact on future bid decisions. The game is set to be played at MetLife Stadium, an open air stadium that sees wintry weather this time of year.

"The game of football is made to be played in the elements," said Goodell. "We hope they're not extreme on one hand, but we'll be prepared for that."

From the DNC to hosting a recent Presidential Debate, Denver has proven it can handle a big event. A question city leaders will have to ask themselves moving forward though, is whether hosting the Super Bowl is really worth it, considering recent tight budgets.

7NEWS discovered the city of Indianapolis reported losing nearing a million dollars after hosting the Super Bowl in 2012. On the other hand, analysis after the game found that more than 116,000 people visited the city and spent $264 million locally.

To Visit Denver that is enough reason to go after hosting a Super Bowl.

"It's a huge international spotlight," said Deborah Park. "It does have an impact. Denver wasn't really known before the DNC and that was a huge event for us so it's just a great opportunity to put us on the map again."

The NFL is expected to decide on whether to let Denver submit a bid later this year.

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