Top Ten NFL Super Bowl Hosts
Which NFL Cities Have Hosted the Greatest Super Bowls?
2014 NFL Off-Season
With the 2014 pre-season schedule releasing today, NFL fans around the country can officially start gearing-up for the upcoming season, which will culminate with Super Bowl XLVIV in Glendale, Arizona. There is no doubt that city officials, Cardinals brass, and fans alike have already started making plans for even the smallest details of the event. Below, you’ll find a list of ten of the best cities to host Super Bowls so far.
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1. The Miami region has been the site of 10 different Super Bowls (a record number it shares with The Big Easy), the first in 1968 and the latest in 2010. There are reasons that the NFL keeps going back for more. South Florida typically boasts amazing weather in the wintertime and very few cities can throw a party like Miami can.
2. Many people were skeptical when Indianapolis, a small market and a cold weather city, was chosen to host Super Bowl XLI. The city, though, proved it was the perfect choice for the event. It’s skyways kept fans out of the cold and activities, including a popular zipline, were available for those who wanted to venture outside. Indy, which has no shortage of experience hosting sporting events, is one of 3 finalists for the 2018 Super Bowl.
3. Another relatively small market, New Orleans has, as mentioned above, hosted 10 NFL championship games. As with Indianapolis, the local fan-base gets incredibly involved and excited, which makes for a good time all around. The Big Easy clearly knows how to party (have you ever heard of Mardi Gras) and is another finalist for the 2018 championship game.
4. Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is a great site for Super Bowls. Broncos QB John Elway, in fact, secured his first ring there in 1998. The area is an NFL fan favorite, with some of the best weather, beaches, and people in the nation. Few people are unwilling to travel to this part of SoCal to watch their team vie for a Super Bowl title.
5. San Francisco hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since 1985, but their new $1.2 billion stadium should change all that. With Candlestick Park finally out of commission, the league should allow San Fran to once again play host to its biggest spectacle. The Niners’ town has a lot to offer, including boutique hotels, exceptional dining, and fun neighborhoods, like Rainbow Row and Nob Hill. Not to mention they have a team that’s looked pretty darn good the past couple of seasons.
6. Football (especially of the high school variety) is synonymous with the state of Texas. Houston has hosted two Super Bowls, in 1974 and 2004. Even though the two events took place 3 decades apart, fans and players alike seem to love when the occasion happens in this part of the Lonestar State. At the very least, the competing teams’ loyalists should have no trouble finding great food.
7. The Los Angeles region hosted 7 Super Bowls between the years of 1967 and 1993, when the Cowboys (with QB Troy Aikman under center) beat the Bills in s 52-17 blowout. The City of Angels is (was?) the perfect spot for the Super Bowl, with beautiful weather and even more beautiful people to draw fans to the Left Coast.
8. You might remember Giants WR David Tyree’s “helmet catch” during the Phoenix area’s 2008 Super Bowl. This southwest gem landed on this list because of its generally temperate winter weather and its bang-up job hosting the big game in both 1996 and 1998. The Phoenix region (Glendale, specifically) has the game again this year. Fans can only hope they deliver.
9. Given the fair amount of opposition to NYC/NJ hosting Super Bowl XLVIII, I did hesitate for a moment to include the region on this list. Once the weather cleared up this past February, though, fans, analysts, and players seemed to have a great time spending Super Bowl week in The Big Apple. After all, it doesn't get much bigger than your team's hues lighting up the Empire State Building; New York simply has some things that no other city can offer.
10. Minneapolis last hosted a Super Bowl over two and a half decades ago. However, if the plans for their new stadium come to fruition, they could be an excellent option to host the biggest event in the NFL in the future. As far as cold weather cities go, the Twin Cities have had no major issues in the past and they’re home to the nation’s largest mall, which is a big tourist draw.