Might the Super Bowl be D.C. Bound?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington, D.C. is still being considered as a potential host city for one of the biggest events on the planet -- the Summer Olympics in 2024.

But, before that, it could land the biggest event in the nation: the Super Bowl.

Since D.C. can't seem to get the Redskins to the Super Bowl, why not just bring the Super Bowl to D.C.?

"We want a Super Bowl here, we deserve a Super Bowl here, it's the nation's capital, it makes all the sense in the world," said Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, to a media gaggle last fall.

You can bet, Snyder and the entire NFL will be watching Sunday's game in New York/New Jersey.

If the cold-weather Super Bowl experiment succeeds, the big game could one day be D.C.-bound.

The game was traditionally reserved for warm-weather cities or stadiums with domes.

"I think the experience in New York will hopefully be very helpful," said Snyder about the D.C.-metro area's chances at landing the game.

In an interview with 106.7 The Fan's Lavar and Dukes, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed that not every NFL city is a Super Bowl city.

"Because of the sheer enormity of it. We're now close to 30,000 rooms that are required. The stadium is an important element, but Washington likely has that infrastructure," Goodell told Lavar and Dukes.

Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC, the city's convention and visitor's bureau, insists that D.C., Maryland and Virginia are big enough for the big game.

"The area is no stranger to tourists and a large influx of people coming to Washington on a daily basis as well as an additional influx of visitors to the city," he said.

The Destination DC chief pointed to the area's infrastructure - mainly the roads and mass transit - as well as the hotel rooms that number around 45,000 throughout the metro area.

A Super Bowl city is selected by the NFL owners four years before the actual game. For example, this year, in 2014, they'll decide where the 2018 game will be played. It's already down to four cities, not including D.C. So, the soonest a Super Bowl could happen here is 2019.

Ferguson also pointed to the Redskins' huge home, FedEx Field, which holds 80,000 people and can make room for thousands more. FedEx is one of the leagues largest venues.

If FedEx does not appeal to the league, perhaps a new stadium could help sway the decision. In recent years, the NFL has been "rewarding" cities for building a new stadium with a Super Bowl.

What a score it would be, as Super Bowls generate hundreds of millions of dollars for their host cities. It's not just about game day, it's the week leading up to Sunday when tourists flood the city and spend, spend, spend.

"We're a perfect destination for all that with all the free museums, all the other ancillary things you can do in the city - the 2,000 restaurants, it's a great region to host a large number of people and to entertain a large number of people. The experience does not have to be created in Washington because a lot of it already exists," said Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Snyder does not seem to be sweating it.

As he said last fall, "I think we're ripe to get one in the future."


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