Super Bowl hosted by Seattle not an impossibilityon January 28, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (Updated: 3:58 pm - 1/28/14 )
Seattle Sports Commission Executive Director Ralph Morton doesn't see why it can't happen.
"One of the most important things that you have is a city that the visitors and the corporate guests can enjoy the entire trip," Morton told the Morning News on KIRO Radio. He said New York certainly does that - and Seattle does, too.
So what has to happen to get a Super Bowl to Seattle? Morton said Seattle must "build its story."
"I think right now, it's positioning ourselves in the process of considering the bid so Seattle has to give a compelling reason (to host.) It's not going to be 85 and sunny on Super Bowl Sunday, but we also aren't probably going to have a foot of snow."
There are some benchmarks for a Super Bowl location that Seattle doesn't meet - like an average game day temperature of 50 degrees (it's more like 45 degrees) or a stadium that seats 70,000, (CenturyLink Field as is seats 67,000.)
But Morton said that these things aren't deal breakers - and what the NFL owners, who vote on where the Super Bowl should be located, are really interested in is finding a location that is financially able to deliver a Super Bowl without flaws.
"You have to be able to show them how you'll knock it out of the park," said Morton.
The earliest Seattle can try to get a Super Bowl is in 2019.
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