The Super Bowl had a number of refreshing and redeeming qualities to the events surrounding “The Big Game.” While Super Bowl XLV will be known (much like the XL version) long-term for the game on the field, there are reasons that the NFL will be reconsidering any future visits to North Texas for its grandest event. If anything, Detroit’s image post-Super Bowl is close to an all-time high with sports fans.
When Pittsburgh Steelers fans came to town five years ago, it was almost a feeling of unity as the Pittsburgh mentality is very much out of the same mold as Detroit. They may not have used up as many hotel rooms as a team from a longer drive/flight would, but they came in large numbers to support their black and gold squad. The Super Bowl was Roethlisberger’s first and Bill Cowher’s only one as the Steelers ended up victors over Mike Holmgren’s Seattle Seahawks.
Next year’s game will be off to nearby Indianapolis, and if the weather is close to what we saw in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, then media should already right their articles bashing Indiana’s capital as the choice for the game. Indianapolis the city of choice for the NCAA for large events (must host a Final Four every six years in Indianapolis), and it is expected that February will bring its blustery winds and cold temperatures. I was once at an Orange Bowl game in Miami when it was 35 degrees at the end of the game. If you’re going to complain about visiting a cold weather location, make sure that the criticism is warranted and not a complaint about a reporter’s free trip on someone else’s dime.