DENVER - New York and New Jersey are serving as a test market for hosting the Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather climate. If it is a success, Denver wants to be next.
Compared to the Meadowlands, Denver has the advantage of more sunshine in the winter months. This past weekend, the temperature soared to a relatively balmy 65 degrees in Denver for the AFC Championship game.
“And we’re happy to provide that friendly reminder,” said Ken Chin, the executive director of Denver Sports, a group that is working in conjunction with Visit Denver to lure the Super Bowl to the Mile High City within the next six years.
“We have submitted paperwork already on our bid application for the Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020,” said Chin. “By 2016 we'll have the rail line already completed from Denver International Airport to Union Station. We already have over 9,000 hotel rooms in our downtown core."
Denver has already hosted the NBA and Major League Baseball All-Star games, plus the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
"The infrastructure of Denver is set up very well for hosting major events," said Chin.
The New York/New Jersey area just got a foot of snow Tuesday.
"Hopefully, we got that out of our system,” said Al Kelly, president and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. “I think that this region knows how to deal with snow. We had a tough snow event yesterday, but we're back in action today. The New York City schools are open, business is open, Wall Street is open."
Kelly said embracing the weather is part of the experience.
“It makes them think of a wider array of options to play this fantastic football game."
There will even be a toboggan run planned in the middle of Broadway in New York City beginning next Wednesday as part of the NFL Super Bowl Experience.
7NEWS checked the weather on Super Bowl Sundays in Denver dating back to 2005.
Highs were in the 30's and 40's every year, with the exception of last year when the high hit 55 degrees.
There were only two dates in 2010 and 2011 with measurable snowfall, but snow totals were well under an inch.
The finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls will be named in October of this year.
Denver doesn't know who it's competing against at this point.
The three finalists for the 2018 Super Bowl are Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.