Okay, how great would it be to have Giants Stadium be the host for the Super Bowl? My best friend's uncle was the head architect for the Meadowlands and wanted to dome it but was outvoted...I think it would be great to have it in "real conditions" like a football game should be played in...
of course it's really held in the finer state of New Jersey, not New York, but close enough!!
what do you guys think of this idea?
Sunday, September 30
Tagliabue: Super Bowl in N.Y. 'one of the options'
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Playing the Super Bowl in New York is among the possibilities under consideration by the NFL in its effort to keep a full season.
The idea of holding the title game at Giants Stadium on Feb. 3 was proposed by New York Sen. Charles Schumer as a way to help the city recover from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Sunday it's "one of the options."
"It would be one way to help rebuild the city," Tagliabue said. "But there would also be logistical problems and security problems. It's one of many ideas under consideration."
Schumer said the move would represent a "symbol of triumph over terrorism."
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said it would be "terrific" if the Super Bowl were at Giants Stadium.
"They should just decree that the Giants and the Jets are going to be in it and stop all this nonsense with all these other teams," he said.
Tagliabue spent much of last week negotiating with the National Association of Auto Dealers, trying to switch dates with the group, which is scheduled to meet in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
The Super Bowl had been scheduled for New Orleans on Jan. 27, but the NFL wants to delay the playoffs a week because of the week it took off after the attacks in New York and Washington.
A switch with the auto dealers has hit a number of snags.
"They have a lot of exhibitors who already have reservations and tickets," Tagliabue said.
Asked about reservations made by fans headed for the Super Bowl, he replied: "That's our problem. It's what we have to deal with."
Tagliabue said he is exploring the possibility of an accelerated playoff system that would keep the Super Bowl in New Orleans on the scheduled date. The NFL also is looking at other cities, including Los Angeles, Tampa and Miami for Feb. 3.
The shortened playoff format would mean games on the Wednesday following the final Sunday of the season, which is now scheduled for Jan. 6.
The NFL also could reduce playoff teams from 12 to eight and play the normal schedule, which would culminate with the Super Bowl on its scheduled date.
Schumer appeared in Manhattan on Sunday with two former New York football stars -- Ottis Anderson of the Giants and Marty Lyons of the Jets.
The senator said a Super Bowl would pump $400 million into the local economy, easing the burden on the hotels, restaurants and entertainment industry.
"It sends one message loud and clear: We are not afraid," he said.