FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With the 2014 Super Bowl awarded to New Jersey/New York, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked the following question Thursday: Why not Gillette Stadium?
"I think the time for that has passed," Kraft told a group of about 20 reporters at the 2010 Community MVP Awards program, where 21 winners were to be awarded a total of $72,500 by the team.
"We talked about building this stadium and putting [on] a roof and asking for a Super Bowl. At that time, that would have been the only way we could have gotten it," he said. "I'm basically a traditionalist. I think football should play outdoors. ... We'd love to have a game here, but I'm not sure that's in the cards."
Kraft took an active role in supporting the New Jersey/New York bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl and explained why he did so. He believes it will be one of the most memorable Super Bowls ever.
"I think it's the right thing for the two ownership groups who really, in this economic environment, put their heads out there. And then, for me, it's the symbolism of saying New York/New Jersey is back after 9/11," he said.
"I think it's the greatest sporting event in the world. New York is the financial center of the world, and [it says] no matter what happens, 'We're back.' I'm excited that it happened. I hope we're in the game, because it might give us a little competitive edge."
And if the Patriots do end up taking part in Super Bowl XLVIII, it would irk the rival Jets, who would have to watch as the Patriots dressed in their locker room at the Meadowlands and play on their home field for a championship.
"To have your facilities taken over by another AFC team?" Jets coach Rex Ryan recently told ESPNNewYork.com. "That would be hard to take. That would be almost impossible to take."
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.