Jeffrey Lurie Thinks Philly Is Ready and Willing to Host the Super Bowl, Still

Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Jeffrey Lurie will not let the Super Bowl in Philadelphia dream die. Lurie, who serves on the NFL’s Super Bowl Committee and therefore is probably annoying everyone else on that committee about this, told reporters at the Patriots/Eagles joint-practice “there’s no reason that Philadelphia – with all its facilities, hotel rooms, venues for big events – couldn’t handle it and do a great, great job. If the league wants to go there, we’ll be ready and willing.” As Ruben Frank points out, the Birds could host the big game in the early goings of 2019 at the earliest since “the next three are scheduled for Glendale, Ariz.; San Francisco; and Houston; and the finalists for the Super Bowl after the 2017 season are New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis.” That will put the next cold-weather Super Bowl a full five years after the first one, a decent amount of time and you know, one every five years isn’t bad. Plus, IMAGINE THE JOY.

Lurie also said, “I think the league has to come to the conclusion that we’d like to try it again, and I would assume if it’s tried again it would be a major market, like Philly, and there just has to be a consensus that it’s the right time to do it again.” So, get on convincing them, Jeff.

23 Comments

  1. UL Washington's Toothpick

    August 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    if they can do it in newark, nj…

  2. There really is no reason that it couldn’t be in Philadelphia if it was held in an outdoor arena in New Jersey and will be in Cities like Minneapolis and Indianapolis.

    What is your poor excuse that it can’t. It either has to do with the draw of the city or weather affecting the game.

    A) People make Super Bowl weekend a destination and want to enjoy a whole weekend in the city they visit. Makes sense why Miami, New Orleans and places down south get the nod for games in the winter. But what about Minneapolis and Indianapolis? Bitter cold, boring, and you couldn’t make a single argument that there is more to do there than in Philadelphia. The more you think about it, the easier it is to realize that it really comes down to the league wanting a nice cushy place for fans to sit DURING the game. Leading to my next point…

    B) Weather during the game. While the game in New Jersey last year went without much snow, we have to ask, so what if it did? Absolutely every other game in the NFL season plays rain, snow, shine, blackout, fog, you-name-it. Any team that is going to complain about playing in the elements really needs to ridiculed by the rest of the league, it is hypocritical to allow every other game to be potentially defined by the elements and not the super bowl. Snow bowl in Philly? what about the game in Pittsburgh where it rained so much that the ball stuck straight in the ground on punts/kickoff? What about just about every game in December/January in GB, Buffalo, NE that has a TON of snow? I don’t want to hear it.

    It comes down to money.. money, money, money, money. People who attend the Super Bowl don’t want to get their suits wet in a little snow. The average fan couldn’t care less. Having a game close to New York in NEW JERSEY had enough of an appeal to still bring in the cash.

    Philly wants to hold a super bowl? they can do it, they need to do it right. Philly is in the most ideal location of any city. It is within an easy drive of MILLION of people, DC, NY, NJ, PA, OH, MA, DE, VA, CT, VT, RI, WV are all within a 6-8 hour drive. People only travel all the way down to Florida to Super Bowl games when they have tickets. You have XFinityLive! and more tailgating than we know what to do with plus a whole city that could host fans who could drive in for the game from anywhere on the east coast in about a day.

    The money is there, you just need enough people to put the work in to develop it and make it happen.

    Let the haters hate, but where there is money to be made, you better believe someone will make it.

    • eskin swallows cataldi's spunk

      August 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I love nutter as a mayor, but I don’t think the rest of the city leadership is capable of managing a project/event like the superbowl.

      • that fool totally effed up the phillies parade, telling everyone to take septa and then the trains were hopelessly backed up by 10 AM. we ended up driving there. there was plenty of parking and we got there hours before we would have even boarded a train. a philly super bowl would be a total flustercluck with mayor urkel in charge.

        • Doubtful.

          Septa and Regional rail would be more than enough for commuters.

          The WS parade was millions of people. IIRC ~2million. I wouldn’t expect a fifth of that (so 400K) for a super bowl for a stadium that holds 70K. There would be two team’s fan bases coming in from out of town, they would drive in. Sure 76 would be swamped, but when isn’t it?
          I-95 and reginal rail would do just fine but I doubt anyone who could afford a ticket would be taking rail, they would just fly in and shoot up 95. If you were able to drive in for the WS parade, why would the super bowl be any different? So no problem.

          Just add in a ton of trains on the Orange line running 1 every 5-10mins for the weekend and it would be enough to get people though-out the city.

          We can keep listing problems that could easily be solved by anyone with common sense.

    • Our stadiums are in a terrible location. All of the other city attractions are so far away. There’s nothing else to do down there. Talk about boring.

      • With the new proposed casino going in down there and the broad street line, I don’t see this being an issue.

        Compare the stadium location on south broad to the stadium location for the Giants NY->NJ

        • actually, the stadium location being removed from downtown would be a plus with the extra security that the NFL puts on for the Bowl, and there would be a lot of space for the media tents, merchandisers, etc.

    • Good post.

  3. eskin swallows cataldi's spunk

    August 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Personally i’d rather spend his entire effort on getting that first of “multiple Championships” he talked about when he bought the team 20 years ago. plus I know the minimum seating is 70k and for some reason, lurie doesn’t want to go over 70k. I know for a SB the could add the few remaining to get there, but wondering why when he built the stadium with the demand that is here he didn’t choose to add more capacity.

    • it’s because of the site footprint. the seats are already packed in pretty tight. other than filling in the corners, which he did this past year, there’s not much else he could have done.

      • eskin swallows cataldi's spunk

        August 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

        When the stadium was designed they could’ve surpasses 70k easy with the current footprint if they were the restricted by it. They added the seats this year, but if they did it when they built the stadium they could’ve gotten more in there on both those corners they added to this year.

  4. Dear Eagles Season Ticket Holders,
    Just by mentioning hosting ANYTHING in this interview, your prices will go up 25% next year. I already fleeced you when I LIED and told you “not one penny of the stadium “improvements” will be paid by you” and then jammed a 22% increase on you, but alas, if you don’t like, there are 60,000+ SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP willing to take your place. So take it in the ass, like me, or get the fuck out.
    FUCK YOU, YOU COCKSUCKING CHRISTKILLER

    • ” if you don’t like, there are 60,000+ SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP willing to take your place.”

      Funny thing is that is what out capitalist society is based off of.

      It is called supply and demand.

      The NFL is a BUSINESS 1st. People need to get that through their head because $$/incentives is what makes the world go round.

  5. Could they do it?

    Yes.

    Should they do it?

    FUCK. NO.

  6. Only way Philly will see a Super Bowl.

  7. Jeffrey Lurie is right.

  8. Next three games in warm weather climates

    August 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Excellent. If Eagles get to Super Bowl in next three years they are all excellent venues.

  9. I am more interested in the Eagles being in the Super Bowl than hosting it.

  10. What makes me think that if the Eagles after winning the Championship in 1960, they would have lost to the AFL team that year. Did it in the two Super Bowls.

  11. Philly couldn’t even win a bid for WrestleMania, how are they going to win a Super Bowl bid?

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