I typically don’t get overly excited about the location of the super bowl. I do understand it has a significant financial impact to the city which is selected. I am not located in any of those locations and just watch it on TV anyway. Due to the price of tickets, I would not even consider going to the game unless it was the Dolphins playing in it. The last year I have followed the location enough to know that the bid process for the big game has become very competitive. Massive new high tech stadiums in places like Dallas and San Francisco have been constructed in part to attract the big game.
Miami has won many super bowl bids through the years. Mr. Ross raised some controversy when he tried to get a loan from Miami in an attempt to upgrade Joe Robbie stadium to stay competitive in getting those bids. From what I understand this is not all that uncommon, owners typically ask for state or city funds to build or upgrade stadiums all the time. I did find it interesting a former owner named Norman Braman became involved to prevent this from happening. I also found it interesting a politician did not give the people a chance to even vote on it. I don’t have a stance on the proposals Mr. Ross was trying to bring forward for a vote. I am not from Miami and they had no impact on me directly. I just found it interesting people in positions of power and wealth chose to block it. I personally think there were some hidden agendas involved and I think it was unlikely those agendas represented the people of Miami. Of course the NFL took it as Miami was not able to meet the demands they set forth for a super bowl and just moved on giving it to another city. This could very well be the outcome the people involved in blocking the stadium upgrade were looking for.
Fast forward to today. The NFL chose MetLife Stadium as the venue for the biggest sporting event of the year. Let me just write that again, THE NFL SELECTED EAST RUTHERFORD NJ OVER MIAMI FLORIDA during the heart of winter as the venue for the super bowl. No offense to the people of NJ, but that was just plain stupid. I just read today that the ticket price for the event has now fallen 40%, the lowest since 2002! There are still several days to go and I expect these prices to continue to fall. Bottom line the powerful elite can try to block Miami from a venue and the NFL can turn their nose up on Miami. However, you simply can’t beat the weather and the electricity in the air for a night game in south Florida this time of year. The NFL can force a city to pay for a costly indoor complex or even just have the event in the snow. Bottom line venue sells, and Miami is the best venue for the super bowl.