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Denver says it's ready to host the Super Bowl

5:51 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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"Denver's pretty attractive I think for a Super Bowl, because we've got such a great outdoor and active community. We're a sports crazy town. We've got seven professional sports teams, so more than any other city in the nation," Deborah Park, spokesperson for Visit Denver, said.

Park points to the infrastructure Denver has in place to host a major event, like the Super Bowl as a selling point.

"We have 43,000 hotel rooms in Denver right now. By 2018, we could potentially have up to 45,000 considering the new hotel that is opening at the airport," Park said.

Facilities like the Colorado Convention Center and the Pepsi Center would also be attractive as venues for Super Bowl parties and fan festivals. In addition, the Denver metro area has transportation capabilities to move a large volume of visitors a Super Bowl would attract.

"We have the 5th busiest airport in the nation, the 11th busiest in the entire world, so we can certainly get people in and out of Denver International Airport. In addition we'll have the light-rail running at that point," Park said.

With a wide array of excellent restaurants and ski resorts Colorado would be an attractive destination for Super Bowl visitors.

The factor the NFL would need to become comfortable with is the potential for severe winter weather to hamper a Super Bowl held in Denver in February. Sports Authority Field at Mile is a state of the art facility with a seating capacity in excess of 76,000. It is as large as or larger than many previous Super Bowl venues. It does not however have a roof to protect the field from the elements.

History will tell you that while severe weather is possible in Denver in February, it is not likely.

"February is one of our driest months," says Park. "We don't get a lot of snow in the city. We keep it in the mountains, which are kind of where we want it."

The NFL is expected to announce the city selected to host the 2018 Super Bowl at the league owners meeting in May 2014.

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