|ESPN.com: NFL||[Print without images]|
|Contingency plans for Super Bowl|
If the Jets fail to get their new stadium ready for the 2010 Super Bowl, it's not going to throw off the schedule for future Super Bowls.
The NFL and the Jets will know by July if the $1.9 billion project is a go. They could know as early as next Thursday if the Jets fail to win the land bid at the West Side Manhattan rail yards from the MTA. For New York City to have a Super Bowl in 2010, the stadium must start construction by this July.
The reason the NFL's Super Bowl schedule isn't out of whack is that owners will decide in late May about the 2009 Super Bowl. Houston, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Miami are vying for that Super Bowl. The losers could move into the 2010 mix if Manhattan loses its bid. Plus, there is enough progress in the stadium bids in the Los Angeles area that the owners may start to sort through decisions on those projects as early as May.
Though this may not happen as early as 2009 or 2010, Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga drew a lot of ownership support for the idea of building permanent Super Bowl sites around Dolphins Stadium. However, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says this a concept that won't be voted on in May, and sees it as project for Super Bowls five to 25 years down the line.
Huizenga's plan would be to turn the Super Bowl into a two or three week-event. He's willing to build permanent structures around the 249 acres surrounding the stadium for concerts, sponsor parties and other activities. Other sporting events such as All-Star games and even the Pro Bowl could be incorporated into the mix.