New NFL Stadiums with Super Bowl Dreams
The NFL has 2 planned new stadiums coming in the next few years that the plans are now
final.  They are the
new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX and the Indianapolis Colt's
Lucas Oil Field.  The Colt's stadium will open in 2008, while the Cowboys stadium will open
the following season.   

Having a new stadium in a warm weather stadium is almost a guaranteed ticket to host a
Super Bowl.  Shortly after the plans were finalized, Dallas was awarded Super Bowl XLV.  
Having 100,000 seats was a major factor in getting a Super Bowl so early.  The NFL is very
excited about having 30,000 additional tickets to sell as opposed to recent Super Bowls.

Lucas Oil Field is lobbying for a Super Bowl, but the city infrastructure has been the biggest
liability in getting the Super Bowl to Indianapolis.  They fall well short of the minimum hotel
room requirement, and the NFL does not was another embarrassment like Super Bowl XXXIX
in Jacksonville.  Jacksonville was not ready for a Super Bowl, and it showed.  But that will not
stop the Colt's from applying to host Super Bowl XLVI.

A potential venue currently must meet these qualifications in order to be a Super Bowl host:

  • Average high temperature of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) in
    February, unless the game is being played in an indoor stadium.
  • Stadium with 65,000 seats or more.
  • Space for 10 photo trailers and 40 television trucks.
  • 600,000 square feet (60,000 m²) of exhibit space for fan events.
  • Large, high-end hotel for teams and NFL.
  • 50,000 square feet (5,000 m²) of space for news media ("Radio Row").
  • Enough "quality" hotel rooms within a one-hour drive for 35% of the stadium's capacity.
  • Separate practice facilities for each team.

Exceptions are at the discretion of the NFL. For instance, cruise ships made up the
discrepancy in hotel rooms for Jacksonville in Super Bowl XXXIX.

On March 5, 2006,
Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, a 'cold weather' city, was
awarded the rights to host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. However, the game was contingent on the
successful passage of two sales taxes in Jackson County, Missouri on April 4, 2006. The first
tax would have funded improvements to Arrowhead, home of the Chiefs and the Kansas City
Wizards Major League Soccer team, and neighboring
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas
City Royals Major League Baseball team. The second tax would have allowed the construction
of a "rolling roof" between the two stadiums. However, the second tax failed to pass. With
increased opposition by local business leaders and politicians, Kansas City eventually
withdrew its request to host the game by May 25, 2006.
Above:  Sports fans in San Diego are hoping for a new stadium for
the Chargers
.  A new stadium in San Diego would mean their city
being put into a 5 year rotation for hosting the Super Bowl again.  The
Qualcomm Stadium is too outdated.  

Below:  San Francisco is in danger of losing the 49ers to Santa
Clara.  Below are the proposed plans to keep the niners in
Candlestick Park - but in a
new state-of-the-art stadium.