NFC South: 2015 Super Bowl

Reaction to Tampa Bay's failed SB bid

October, 11, 2011
We’ve got some reaction to Tampa Bay’s failed bid for the 2015 Super Bowl that went to Glendale, Ariz. earlier Tuesday.

Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn each have issued statements.

“Our bid team deserves tremendous credit for putting together Tampa Bay’s best foot forward,’’ Glazer said. “The best news is that Tampa Bay is very well regarded by the league as a destination and we are already looking forward to bidding the next open Super Bowl.’’

"While I am disappointed that Tampa was not selected, I am proud of the effort that our team put together,’’ Buckhorn said. “It took two rounds of votes to declare the winner, so I know our bid package was more than competitive. I specifically would like to thank the Glazer family who was advocating owner by owner on our behalf. In addition, the leadership of Paul Catoe and the entire staff of Tampa Bay & Company was superb. We have a long relationship with the NFL, which we treasure, and I look forward to competing for the next available opportunity to host another Super Bowl."

Presumably, the next opportunity is the 2016 game and the site of that likely will be decided in 2012.
Tampa Bay lost out on its bid to host the Super Bowl in 2015.

At an NFL meeting in Houston, owners just voted to give that Super Bowl to Glendale, Ariz. Tampa Bay was the only other candidate.

I think the fact Tampa Bay has hosted a Super Bowl more recently than Arizona worked in Glendale’s favor. Arizona and Tampa Bay have hosted Super Bowls in the past and, as warm-weather locations, they’re viewed as favorites among the owners.

With Glendale getting this game, Tampa Bay would seem to be a favorite for the 2016 game. Tampa Bay also was a close runner-up to New York/New Jersey for the 2014 game.

Tampa Bay in play for 2015 Super Bowl

October, 10, 2011
NFL team owners will get a glimpse of Tampa Bay when they arrive for Tuesday’s league meeting – in Houston.

[+] EnlargeThe Tampa Bay Host committee is hoping to sway 2015 Super Bowl voters with billboards on the interstate.
Courtesy The Tampa Bay Host committee is hoping to sway 2015 Super Bowl voters with billboards on the interstate.
They’ll see billboards shouting out Tampa Bay’s desire to host the 2015 Super Bowl. The group in charge of Tampa Bay’s presentation had two billboards installed between the highway leading from the airport to the hotel where the owners will be meeting.

Tampa Bay and Glendale, Ariz. (or the greater Phoenix area) are the two finalists for the 2015 game. But Tampa Bay may have an edge.

That’s because Tampa Bay narrowly missed out on the 2014 Super Bowl, which was awarded to the New York area and will be played in New Jersey. The league did not announce the result of that vote. But Tampa Bay officials and members of the Glazer family, which owns the Buccaneers, have said they were told by other owners and league officials that Tampa Bay finished a very close second.

History has shown that’s a good omen for Tampa Bay, which has hosted four Super Bowls. Back in the late 1990s, the league was voting on the site of the 2000 Super Bowl. Atlanta edged Tampa Bay in the vote, but Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer didn’t take that news well.

The normally-quiet Glazer provided a very strong reminder to former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and other owners of a promise that Tampa Bay would get a Super Bowl if a new stadium was built. Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998.

Tagliabue and the other owners quickly made an adjustment and went ahead and awarded the 2001 game to Tampa Bay.
Here’s some more good news for Tampa Bay’s expected bid for the 2015 Super Bowl, which likely will be voted on this fall.

After snow and ice played havoc throughout the week during this year’s Super Bowl in North Texas, the NFL said it no longer will look simply at “most-likely worst-case scenarios.’’ It will take into consideration events that aren’t likely, like the Dallas area having snow and ice that didn’t melt for days.

What happened in North Texas could help steer future Super Bowls back to warm-weather cities. Indianapolis previously was awarded the 2012 Super Bowl and New York/New Jersey got the 2014 game last year in a close vote over Tampa Bay. New Orleans already was awarded the 2013 game.

The Indianapolis Super Bowl will be played in an indoor stadium and that means the elements won’t impact the game. But the North Texas Super Bowl also was played indoors and Super Bowls aren’t just about the game. They’re about the week leading into the game and that week was a disaster in the Dallas area.

We won’t know for sure what role snow and ice will play in the Indianapolis Super Bowl week until it arrives. The same can be said for New York/New Jersey. But it’s a pretty safe assumption it will not be balmy in Indianapolis or New York/New Jersey in February.

New Orleans should be pretty safe. February weather there can fluctuate anywhere from warm to a little chilly. But New Orleans rarely gets frigid weather and ice and snow storms are virtually unheard of.

But Tampa Bay, where February weather is pretty stable, seems to be in a perfect position to get the 2015 game.

I understand the league has used Super Bowls to help some venues get new stadiums, but I think that trend has gotten out of hand. I think the league should go to a rotation in which Super Bowls are played only in Miami, Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Arizona. If San Diego gets a new stadium, then put it into the mix.

The league hit its worst-case scenario in North Texas. Miami, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Arizona and, potentially San Diego, all provide best-case scenarios when you’re looking at weather for an entire week in February.

Tampa Bay Super Bowl bid on hold

March, 23, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL labor situation is pushing back a lot of things and Tampa Bay’s expected bid for the 2015 Super Bowl is one of them.

In past years, future Super Bowls sometimes have been awarded at the spring NFL owners meeting, like the one that concluded Tuesday, or at a lower-profile meeting in May. But the next city to get a Super Bowl will have to wait until the NFL’s fall meeting, which usually is held in October.

Two league officials said the current plan is not to award the 2015 Super Bowl until this year’s fall meeting. Tampa Bay narrowly lost out to New York last year in the bid for the 2014 Super Bowl, and many assumed that made the region the automatic favorite for the next available game.

I’m thinking that probably is still the case and it’s just going to take a bit longer to happen. The nasty winter weather that impacted the Dallas area during this year’s Super Bowl week probably made Tampa Bay’s climate look better than ever. The next two Super Bowls are scheduled for Indianapolis and New Orleans.

Texas weather helps Tampa Bay's bid

February, 7, 2011
The winter weather that hit the Dallas area last week could be the best selling point for Tampa Bay’s expected bid for the Super Bowl in 2015.

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking the game is the only thing that matters when you’re talking about a Super Bowl venue. The roof on Cowboys Stadium was closed Sunday, so the weather had no impact on the game. The same will hold true next year in Indianapolis, where the game will be played indoors, and the following year in New Orleans when the game is in the Superdome.

The 2014 Super Bowl will be outdoors in the New York area, but the general thought is that fans can tough it out for three or four hours. But the reality is a Super Bowl venue is about a lot more than three or four hours.

As this report details, the real economic impact comes during the week leading into the game and the Dallas area took a major hit due to snow, ice and cold. Part of the reason the Super Bowl traditionally had been held in warm-weather venues was to allow fans and corporate sponsors to enjoy the week -- outdoors.

You can bet that Indianapolis and New York aren’t going to be balmy. The owners, who ultimately decide Super Bowl venues, have to be thinking about that after the Dallas experience. It will be fresh in their mind when they hold their annual spring meeting in March.

The people making the presentation for Tampa Bay will be talking about the positives of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay’s success with past Super Bowls, all the great local golf courses, the night life and the proximity to Disney World. That’s all great. But maybe the best thing they can bring is a copy of the weather report from last week.

The temperature in Tampa Bay was in the 70s during the daytime most of the week and didn’t fall below the mid-50s at night. Sunday was a little cooler. But, at least according to my car thermometer right before game time, the temperature was 65 degrees. There were a few rain drops, but none of them were turning to ice.